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Old 12-06-2009, 12:31 PM
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I wish alot of the fans respected guys who just went in there &
fought as opposed to the guys who win & are champions.

How often do you hear a UFC fighter say he's just 1 loss away
from leaving the UFC. Thats alot of pressure for these guys, and
probably creates alot of tentative fighters. Thats kinda what I saw
with Kimbo & Houston last night. Both guys seemed afraid to lose to
me.

I have heard in Japan that the crowds really respect fighters who just
come to fight & give it there all. Over here it seems like there's so much
emphasis on winning, so its harder for fighters to engage since if they
get caught they may be out of the UFC

This is why I'm glad Rampage is coming back. Like him or not, you have
to say he comes to fight. He's not gonna run or try to counter-punch,
he's coming straight forward to KO someone. There is a few fighters
who have established themselves & don't have to worry as much about
losing. So someone like Rampage does have that luxury I guess.

I still give Kimbo some credit, he's definitely improved his overall game
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Old 12-06-2009, 12:59 PM
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I wish alot of the fans respected guys who just went in there &
fought as opposed to the guys who win & are champions.

How often do you hear a UFC fighter say he's just 1 loss away
from leaving the UFC. Thats alot of pressure for these guys, and
probably creates alot of tentative fighters. Thats kinda what I saw
with Kimbo & Houston last night. Both guys seemed afraid to lose to
me.

I have heard in Japan that the crowds really respect fighters who just
come to fight & give it there all. Over here it seems like there's so much
emphasis on winning, so its harder for fighters to engage since if they
get caught they may be out of the UFC


This is why I'm glad Rampage is coming back. Like him or not, you have
to say he comes to fight. He's not gonna run or try to counter-punch,
he's coming straight forward to KO someone. There is a few fighters
who have established themselves & don't have to worry as much about
losing. So someone like Rampage does have that luxury I guess.

I still give Kimbo some credit, he's definitely improved his overall game
What you argue in the bolded section is probably true. I have watched the Dream fights and others from Japan on HDNet. It does seem that the crowds behave differently. I wasn't sure though if that wasn't just the difference between Japanese and western cultures.

If any of you have watched non-UFC fights from the UK, what are the crowds like at those?

Regardless, the crowds at the Vegas fights appear to be, on tv, to be more interested in partying and less interested in the fighting. The announcers don't help matters which is why I often watch with the sound muted.

I agree with what you said about Kimbo.
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Old 12-06-2009, 01:05 PM
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I wish alot of the fans respected guys who just went in there &
fought as opposed to the guys who win & are champions.

How often do you hear a UFC fighter say he's just 1 loss away
from leaving the UFC. Thats alot of pressure for these guys, and
probably creates alot of tentative fighters. Thats kinda what I saw
with Kimbo & Houston last night. Both guys seemed afraid to lose to
me.

I have heard in Japan that the crowds really respect fighters who just
come to fight & give it there all. Over here it seems like there's so much
emphasis on winning, so its harder for fighters to engage since if they
get caught they may be out of the UFC

This is why I'm glad Rampage is coming back. Like him or not, you have
to say he comes to fight. He's not gonna run or try to counter-punch,
he's coming straight forward to KO someone. There is a few fighters
who have established themselves & don't have to worry as much about
losing. So someone like Rampage does have that luxury I guess.

I still give Kimbo some credit, he's definitely improved his overall game

I agree with you in part.

The UFC wants the best fighters, but there will always be a winner a a loser in a fight.Just because I lose a fight doesn't mean I am not a good fighter. The UFC has cut some damn good fighters even though they go in and have great fights.. win or lose..


BUT.....

In Japan, many fighters are brought in to lose. It's the spectacle and the "event" for them rather than the fighters in many (if not most) cases..

Think about it.. Hong-Man Choi.. vs Fedor.. that was the circus.. but when you watched that fight.. you would have thought Choi actaully stood a chance..
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