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| | Five Things UFC Fans Hate About The UFC
Pretty good read, judging is a big snub but overall not bad for a videogame website
Originally Posted by Joe Chacon @ Operation Sports
Five Things UFC Fans Hate About The UFC
We love our sports, but there are always things we hate about them.
I'm around the UFC more often than not. Aside from all the reading and writing I do pertaining to the UFC I'm also a huge fan who has gripes just like the rest of you.
With my finger on the pulse of the UFC community, here are five things that you the fan have continuously told me you hate about the UFC.
UFC Referee Kim Winslow
Talks of Fedor Coming to the UFC
UFC on FOX Theme Music
Urijah Faber's "butt-chin"
Jon Anik (UFC/FOX Commentator)
5. Hearing Fans Boo When A Fight Goes To The Ground
I understand people throw down a ton of money to watch a UFC fight in person. Fans, both old and new, need to realize that every fight is not going to be a slugfest. Some of the best fights to watch are those in which the guys are countering each other on the ground.
If you are eight beers deep and can't see what's going on inside the Octagon then I understand why you're booing. It appears boring. You want the guys dropping bombs on one-another. However, for the fans that understand the sport you know better. You know when guys are just stalling on the ground and you can respect the art of the ground game when you see a battle for position.
More often than not, however, the crowd starts booing whenever a fight goes to the ground and stays there for more than two minutes.
Again, if nothing is going on then they should be stood up. Just remember, this isn't boxing, MMA is a very complex sport that has a ton of subtle arts to it which impact each fight greatly.
4. Comparisons To Boxing
This goes to both boxing fans and MMA fans.
On nearly every UFC sports story that hits a notable sports website, the comments always lead to why boxing is dying. There is no mention of boxing in the article, but some bonehead will post something mature such as UFC>Boxing. The whole conversation derails from the article and people go back and forth about what's better.
Breaking news: Both sports can co-exist and are entirely different. MMA is not going to kill boxing, if boxing does die it will because of its own doing.
The sport of boxing isn't going anywhere. Both sports will complement each other for many years to come.
3. Early Stoppages
Early stoppages infuriate fans and immediately provide a buzz kill to an otherwise exciting fight.
The best referees in the UFC are Herb Dean, Josh Rosenthal, Dan Miragliotta, Ives Lavigne, and John McCarthy (although McCarthy works UFC fights very infrequently nowadays).
If one of those five referees is not working a fight, the chances for some sort of bad stoppage increases exponentially. Heck, even with those great refs in the Octagon there is a chance we will see something that kills an otherwise great night of fights.
2. Pay-Per-View Fees
The cost to order a UFC PPV is now $60. If you order it in standard definition I think it's about $5 less expensive.
"Back in the day" when the cost to order the fights were less expensive and there weren't as many UFC events, it was justifiable to order just about everyone.
Now even the hardcore fans are having a hard time keeping up with the costs to order every UFC PPV event especially considering many times there will be two PPV's within the same cable/satellite billing cycle.
There are other options:
Head to your local Buffalo Wild Wings (or other sports bar) and pay a $10 cover.
If you aren't able to watch it live, don't order it and record. Just purchase it the following day and save about $12.
If you are lucky enough to have a UFC Gym near you (Los Angeles area and Hawai'i) you can walk in and watch the fights for free (as of this writing).
Of course you can always have friends over and split the cost how every many ways you can depending on who shows up.
Injuries have plagued just about every card so far this year in the UFC. It has been so bad that last week Dana white encouraged fighters to lighten up a little bit in camp and not be so intense.
Injuries are so frequent that when a fight card is announced most fans reserve some excitement because they anticipate somebody to pull out due to an injury.
God help the UFC if either Anderson Silva or Chael Sonnen break a bone within the next week.
Sometimes it's hard to say you hate something about the sport you love. Here's your chance to vent. What do you hate about the MMA and the UFC?
"Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence."
— Vince Lombardi
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