Originally Posted by scurlaruntings
Problem is this is pretty much how UFC fans have always been. If you compare them to Asian fans there's really not much of a comparison. The UFC has purposefully catered for the beer swilling neanderthal casual fan. Remember the immortal "Just Bleed" fan? Dana did nothing to influence nor change the demographic appeal of 'his' fans. If anything he encouraged this with his own brash cad like behavior.
Its almost impossible to retrospectively fit or change that just because the UFC is now the last man standing, more prevalent - and thus under scrutiny, or expect a greater deal of professionalism from the fans when Dana is the exact antithesis of professionalism.
The fans boo'ed primarily because many casual fans don't want to see a flyweight bout as a co-main. Its hard enough to sell that in boxing much less in MMA. Likewise the casual grunt that watches the UFC is barely eHuven smart enough to know the difference between a RnC and a Kimura.
As i said already this isn't PRIDE where the fans had a HUGE amount of adoration for the fighters and bouts in some cases resembled tennis matches because of the silence. Most of these casual fans hardly understand the ground game, the subtle nuances of MMA how its evolved or for that matter respect the fighters. Notice the boo's as Jones came out? The blame for that can only lay at Dana's door. He went from being the Golden Boy to a Pariah in just one rant from that megalomaniac.
The UFC is its own worst enemy with a guy like Dana at the helm. The fans are just a reflection of him. Now he wants to berate the fans with such a ridiculous statement because of a number of **** cards this year?
MMA has changed. The UFC has not. And neither will its fans. The UFC are solely to blame for that.
So, the guys created a monster devouring everything in its wake. I don't really know much about it all Scurla, but I'll take your word for it.
However, despite himself he may have had a rare moment of clarity with this introduction if a flyweight belt. It opens the UFC up to Asia that little bit more and hence a slightly more clued up fan & more exposure for the brand. Not to mention hoards and hoards of tough hungry little guys that have something to prove on a big international stage.
Due to the quality attirude of the fighters and the sports grassroots popularity the sport and his organisation may just develop in the right direction inspite of Mr White doing his best to sink it. Maybe the UFC is bigger than one mouthy oafish egomaniac.