Re: White to UFC 152 critics, boo-birds: 'Don't ever buy another UFC pay-per-view aga
I don't now if the UFC has problems or not & I don't really know too much about Dana White, but what seems clear to me is there is a massive disconnect between the expectations of the kind of fans that go to UFC shows the development of the sport.
As the article alludes to, only a "slug fest" will satisfy. This is the UFC's biggest problem IMHO. It built its name and rep on muscle bound mutants dishing out brutal poundings and vicious KOs. In its early days This was possible due to MMA and the UFC being fledgling concepts both developing hand in hand but very much in the public eye. Developmental rules and many mismatches due to a lack of depth in ranks of complete MMA fighters at the time.
However this has all changed, the sport has developed into a very professional force to be reckoned with which has a large international mainstream audience and a fresh generation of professional athletes that take the sport and their careers very seriously. Fitter & more skilled technical fighters who train from early in their careers for only MMA, specialists in not one art but masters at putting it all together, who don't gas halfway through the first round.
More fighters with better skills and conditioning equal better matchmaking which translates as more competitive & skilled fights. This is where the problem lies. What's ulitmately good for the sport long term is not nessasarily good for the alchohoal fueled morons that hoot and holler like retarded children every time a camera comes their way. The morons who buy the tickets want overweight badly conditioned brawlers in huge dangerous mismatches, where as the hardcore, fans and fighters want more fights like last nights flyweight battle. That's the gap that needs to be bridged, or maybe it doesn't. Stick with quality and steering the UFC and MMA down a more skilled proffesional route and you may lose some fans on the short term, but if they can't appreciate a good Flyweight bout who needs em.
I know Dana has an ego bigger than Overreem's guns, but I'd be pissed to under the current circumstances having the best fight on my card booed.
Last edited by boranbkk; 09-23-2012 at 02:31 PM.