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  • tgowen

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    I don’t know how relevant this is to the DFS landscape, but I saw this (Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz failed drug tests) and immediately thought about how ridiculous this sport is becoming.

    • Failed drug tests are becoming a common theme among fighters
    • Injuries continue to cause fights to be rescheduled or completely scrapped
    • Judging issues cause fights to end with extremely questionable results
    • The sport (UFC at least) is slowly gravitating toward WWE style gimmicks in the form of new fighters they are signing

    I began watching the sport in the peak years of guys like Couture, Hughes, Liddell and GSP and while I have enjoyed watching fighters evolve, the sport itself from an entertainment aspect has done very little to grow in my opinion.

  • munco

    I’m a huge fan of MMA but they have some big issues and it doesn’t look like they’ll get to that next level of popularity/interest anytime soon. The UFC is the big name but it’s amateur hour on many levels.

  • Bstacks

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    Pretty much everything you mentioned is common in all the major sports. The gimmick fighter you mean is CM Punk I assume? That kind of thing was incredibly common in the early pro mma days. If he sells tickets or helps a ppv then it will only help the sport in the end. I don’t think he’s ever going to actually fight though.

  • huitcinq

    Every since UFC dramatically increased the amount of cards it puts on it has gone downhill. That being said:

    - Failed drug tests are becoming a common theme among fighters – Injuries continue to cause fights to be rescheduled or completely scrapped

    These two are obviously 100% related. I think the guys simply train too hard for too few fights. So many training camp injuries it’s unreal.

    However I do think the sport will continue to grow and evolve as the new generation of fighters who grew up watching Couture/Liddell/GSP enter the sport at the professional ranks. Guys like Mcgregor and Iaquinta seem to be the future. There is a huge wave of talent about to hit the UFC and hopefully they can support the one card a week model UFC is gravitating to.

  • tgowen

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    @Bstacks said...

    Pretty much everything you mentioned is common in all the major sports. The gimmick fighter you mean is CM Punk I assume? That kind of thing was incredibly common in the early pro mma days. If he sells tickets or helps a ppv then it will only help the sport in the end. I don’t think he’s ever going to actually fight though.

    How are all of these common in major sports? Yes, injuries happen in any sport, but a sport like MMA suffers the most from it because it has the ability to completely derail an entire show. Failed drug tests also happen, but again, other sports have the luxury of moving forward and causing those fools who fail drug tests to become an afterthought. As for gimmicks and poor judging causing to impact the outcome of events, neither of those happen at the rate they occur with the UFC/MMA.

    I realize some of this is out of the hands of the sport/promotion, but it still is something I would like to see them try and figure out a solution to.

  • peachfuzz

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    I could stand all of that if so many fights didn’t go to decision. I started watching it way back in the day when I was a very young teenager because of its violence, and brutality. Then I fell out of watching pretty much any sports for about ten years, and picked it back up at the height of the Hughes era to find that it looked like an actual sport. I loved what they had done as they attempted to legitimize everything, and it was great.

    The fights were exciting, and it really felt like anything could happen at any time. I ordered nearly every PPV from 2004 – 2010.

    Now, I can’t even bring myself to order a PPV anymore. If I watch, it is only because I’m out, and the bar I’m at just happens to be playing it. I would love to see some stats proving me wrong, but it seems like 90% of the fights make it all the way to the judges with one guy pressing the other up against the cage for the vast majority of the time just so he can get the win. It’s just so freaking boring that I refuse to spend $60 to watch maybe one good fight which will generally come out of the free prelims anyway, and a main event that nowhere near lives up to even a quarter of the hype.

    I’ll take the PEDs, injuries, and gimmicks if I can get an exciting product.

  • huitcinq

    Well, the Gustaffson-Johnson card had like 5 first round finishes. And it was free.

  • peachfuzz

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    Well, that makes one…

  • xMiami2Ibiza

    also, three of five main card fights were TKOs this weekend @peachfuzz .

    but seriously UFC needs to get the drug situation under control, fast

  • johnnyj580

    @xMiami2Ibiza said...

    also, three of five main card fights were TKOs this weekend @peachfuzz .

    but seriously UFC needs to get the drug situation under control, fast

    I don’t think they can, or actually want to, no matter what they say publicly.

    Anderson failed an out of competition test taken 22 days before the fight. If you’re Vegas/the UFC, do you REALLY want to lose that main event because of a failed test (on 2 weeks, or less, notice)? Same with Jon Jones being tested 3 weeks out. Why not test them 5-6 weeks out? Simple answer is they (UFC/Commissions) can plead ignorance in that the results didn’t come back in time to cancel the fight. The can suspend (“scold”) the fighter afterwards, while still getting the revenue from the fight itself.

    I honestly think the non-fitness community is incredibly naive to just how common PEDs are, especially in a sport like MMA, where these fighters are training 4-6 hours/day during camp.

  • huitcinq

    @johnnyj580 said...

    I honestly think the non-fitness community is incredibly naive to just how common PEDs are, especially in a sport like MMA, where these fighters are training 4-6 hours/day during camp.

    Very true. Even asides from basic performance enhancement, consider for a second how many fighters get hurt in training camp and back out of their fights, Now imagine how many suffer less serious injuries and use PEDs to ensure they don’t miss out on their payday.

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