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Old 09-18-2012, 07:29 PM   #59
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Default Re: MMA is in a Slump? Agree?

Originally Posted by scurlaruntings View Post
The irony is those stars were grown in other promotions, plied their trade over the years and earned their stripes. The UFC rather than 'grow' stars as it used to with Chuck Tito and Randy now wants a SuperStar to just walk through its door and become the face of the brand.
Like, say, a young guy who appears out of nowhere and within 2 years wipes out a competitive division and signs a monster international endorsement deal with the biggest sports-marketing company on the planet?

Guys like Jones and GSP are objectively much bigger deals than Chuck, Randy and Tito ever were in their day. They earn more money and get more mainstream attention. Jones-Evans sold slightly fewer PPVs than the entire Liddell-Couture trilogy.

And as for your love affair with "stars who were grown in other promotions", there is one dividing point after which UFC PPVs suddenly took off. TUF1.

Originally Posted by scurlaruntings View Post
With the competitive nature of the roster guys will continue to emulate Greg Jackson () at every turn
You mean guys like Jones, Cerrone, Carwin, Condit, Garcia, Sanchez etc?

Originally Posted by scurlaruntings View Post
as many are effectively one fight away from loosing their spot.
Yes, Dana White is well known for loving fighters who lay and pray their way to boring decisions. That's why Jon Fitch gets title shot after title shot. There's no advantage to being known as an aggressive fighter whose fights are entertaining win or lose, because the UFC doesn't actively encourage fighters to make their fights as exciting as they can.

Originally Posted by scurlaruntings View Post
The UFC have simply made it too tough a business for fighters.
Oh yeah, it's rough all right. If only the fighters could go back to the good old days, when MMA events in America were getting shut down by the cops and if you wanted to be a mid-card professional MMA fighter, you had to go to Japan and keep enough cash out of your losing-against-a-Japanese-guy bonus to pay for your own taxi to the hospital.

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