American UFC fans rant

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DoTheMMAth
3/4/07 1:55:43AM
Why on earth were there so many boo's for Anderson Silva tonight? Seriously? He's such a polite, respectful, class act, with an exciting-as-hell game. Was it just the drunk American UFC fans there being "patriotic" by booing the current Middleweight champ? Am I being over-sensative and coming out of the closet as an Anderson nuthugger? What gives?
Manfred
3/4/07 2:07:35AM
Part of it was Franklin's home crowd. Nonetheless, it's wrong and unfortunately, not surprising
xthe_scottx
3/4/07 2:09:11AM

Posted by Manfred

Part of it was Franklin's home crowd. Nonetheless, it's wrong and unfortunately, not surprising



Yep. I'll never understand why you would boo but I guess it's expected at a UFC event.
Thalzaar
3/4/07 2:15:19AM
This is the same crowd that probably grew up with the WWE. They see fighters as "good" and "bad". It's just that most people don't have much insight to the fighters and what MMA is about. They just see it as entertainment and pick their favorites.

I've gotta hand it to Ace though. He stood in there, after his win, and gave respect to Silva. Then, when the crowd started booing, he politely corrected them and told them not to do that and give him respect. I wasn't much of a Franklin fan, but I think much more highly of him after that and the fact he is trying to educate and curb a growing problem with the UFC crowds.

for the Ace
Manfred
3/4/07 2:19:57AM
Franklin handled the booing better than Tim giving them the finger after the Monson fight, that's for sure.
argile
3/4/07 2:51:58AM

Posted by Thalzaar

This is the same crowd that probably grew up with the WWE. They see fighters as "good" and "bad". It's just that most people don't have much insight to the fighters and what MMA is about. They just see it as entertainment and pick their favorites.

I've gotta hand it to Ace though. He stood in there, after his win, and gave respect to Silva. Then, when the crowd started booing, he politely corrected them and told them not to do that and give him respect. I wasn't much of a Franklin fan, but I think much more highly of him after that and the fact he is trying to educate and curb a growing problem with the UFC crowds.

for the Ace



Very true, i think he'd grow on the average fan if he could speak english. Home town crowd was just hyped Rich Franklin was in fighting in town.
hippysmacker
3/4/07 3:27:10AM

Posted by Thalzaar

This is the same crowd that probably grew up with the WWE. They see fighters as "good" and "bad". It's just that most people don't have much insight to the fighters and what MMA is about. They just see it as entertainment and pick their favorites.

I've gotta hand it to Ace though. He stood in there, after his win, and gave respect to Silva. Then, when the crowd started booing, he politely corrected them and told them not to do that and give him respect. I wasn't much of a Franklin fan, but I think much more highly of him after that and the fact he is trying to educate and curb a growing problem with the UFC crowds.

for the Ace



Excellent point. I've never thought about the WWE culture affecting the UFC crowd. It still sickens me when they boo a class guy like Anderson though. Ace handled it with respect. I actually think Randy and Ace should give Sylvia some lessons on tact.
madmarck
3/4/07 9:20:06AM

Posted by hippysmacker


Posted by Thalzaar

This is the same crowd that probably grew up with the WWE. They see fighters as "good" and "bad". It's just that most people don't have much insight to the fighters and what MMA is about. They just see it as entertainment and pick their favorites.

I've gotta hand it to Ace though. He stood in there, after his win, and gave respect to Silva. Then, when the crowd started booing, he politely corrected them and told them not to do that and give him respect. I wasn't much of a Franklin fan, but I think much more highly of him after that and the fact he is trying to educate and curb a growing problem with the UFC crowds.

for the Ace



Excellent point. I've never thought about the WWE culture affecting the UFC crowd. It still sickens me when they boo a class guy like Anderson though. Ace handled it with respect. I actually think Randy and Ace should give Sylvia some lessons on tact.



But werent they booing at anderson? Im pretty sure Rich did a decent job of handling it. But every time i watch a UFC event i get disgusted with the fans there. Why Boo? These guys put everything they have into a fight. Some quit full time jobs to do this and then they get booed?

Lets just wait until the UFC comes to the UK and Canada. Lets see how much booing goes on then. I have personally never seen any fighters get booed at a Canadian event whehter they were American, Canadian, British, japanese or whatever.
Manfred
3/4/07 10:04:22AM
It wasn't Vegas either. It was the "heartland" crowd. Be glad it wasn't Alabama.
zephead
3/4/07 11:33:40AM
The booing drives me up the wall. The two things I hate are booing and fighter bashing. These guys lay it on the line like no other atheletes. When I went to Atlantic City for UFC 53, people next to me were booing. I turned to the guys and said, "If you feel you can do better, please feel free to walk on down and get into the cage." They started flapping their gums like the keyboard warriors they were.

They started booing again and my wife could see me seething. My wife is a Detective here in the great state of Maryland. Not much she can do in Atlantic City but she turned to them and said, "Listen, this guy that politely asked you to stop is out on parole for assault and battery. The last UFC fight he went, he hurt a couple of people in the crowd for booing. The Parole Board feels that it would be good therapy if he came to another UFC fight and learn how to deal with the situations don't he doesn't agree with and not react to it." She told them she was a Jersey cop and was escorting me as part of my parole. The lady can think quick to difuse a situation. That's my girl

Pretty funny. The guys next to us never said another word the rest of the night. They had no clue who Evan Tanner was. He fought Franklin for the belt that night. They didn't know who Karo was. Who Shonie was. It was sad sitting next to people who want to watch a WWE match. Talking about how if Triple H or Stone Cold were in there they would wipe up.

Booing sucks and so does fighter bashing. If you can make a intelligent arguement why you don't like fighter so and so, I have no problem with that. It's when I hear or read, "So and so sucks, he's a chump." and it ticks me off.

Sorry about the rant.
loller90278
3/4/07 1:36:27PM
they held off a bit for the randy/tim fight.. i was pleased UNTIL the fourth round till you heard murmers of boo,boo then it started growing and growing. the same thing with matt hughes/chris lytle. they'll save their boo's if its an "american hero"


that's not patriotism that's jingoism my friends.
madmarck
3/4/07 1:43:45PM

Posted by zephead

The booing drives me up the wall. The two things I hate are booing and fighter bashing. These guys lay it on the line like no other atheletes. When I went to Atlantic City for UFC 53, people next to me were booing. I turned to the guys and said, "If you feel you can do better, please feel free to walk on down and get into the cage." They started flapping their gums like the keyboard warriors they were.

They started booing again and my wife could see me seething. My wife is a Detective here in the great state of Maryland. Not much she can do in Atlantic City but she turned to them and said, "Listen, this guy that politely asked you to stop is out on parole for assault and battery. The last UFC fight he went, he hurt a couple of people in the crowd for booing. The Parole Board feels that it would be good therapy if he came to another UFC fight and learn how to deal with the situations don't he doesn't agree with and not react to it." She told them she was a Jersey cop and was escorting me as part of my parole. The lady can think quick to difuse a situation. That's my girl

Pretty funny. The guys next to us never said another word the rest of the night. They had no clue who Evan Tanner was. He fought Franklin for the belt that night. They didn't know who Karo was. Who Shonie was. It was sad sitting next to people who want to watch a WWE match. Talking about how if Triple H or Stone Cold were in there they would wipe up.

Booing sucks and so does fighter bashing. If you can make a intelligent arguement why you don't like fighter so and so, I have no problem with that. It's when I hear or read, "So and so sucks, he's a chump." and it ticks me off.

Sorry about the rant.



Great Wife man. Pro Wrestling fans ruin MMA i hate them when they uneducated.
Jeffanori-Gomi
3/4/07 2:28:22PM
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USA USA USA USA
Unkoman
3/4/07 4:40:56PM

Posted by Jeffanori-Gomi

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

USA USA USA USA




LOL

I do not blame Sylvia at all for fingering the fans after the monson fihgts.
But when he did that he basically condoned the boooing, He gave the people a bad guy.

I've been to King of the cage in Canada and there is some booing there too.

I think its a north american thing not just an american thing.
roadking95th
3/4/07 9:45:33PM
I think it comes from two things. I don't think you will ever hear booing from most people who have participated in a combat sport, wether it be wrestling, boxing, and up through MMA. These people understand the dedication it takes to participate.

It is also a culture thing. Too many wanna be bad asses. Most true bad asses even have respect for these fighters. I think these fans should just go to their hip hop concerts and let the rest of us enjoy ourselves.

Oh, Canada would boo Matt Hughes, so don't try to use that arguement.
madmarck
3/4/07 9:57:29PM

Posted by roadking95th

I think it comes from two things. I don't think you will ever hear booing from most people who have participated in a combat sport, wether it be wrestling, boxing, and up through MMA. These people understand the dedication it takes to participate.

It is also a culture thing. Too many wanna be bad asses. Most true bad asses even have respect for these fighters. I think these fans should just go to their hip hop concerts and let the rest of us enjoy ourselves.

Oh, Canada would boo Matt Hughes, so don't try to use that arguement.


I wouldnt say he would get booed. GSP might get cheered and drown out ******* the world with it. But Hughes wont get booed.
nate22
3/4/07 10:04:40PM
UFC will always have this because of who they market too and at the end of the day the American/British mainstream are hardly comparable to the Japenese at Pride or Shooto. At the event I went to in Manchester with Overeem, Din Thomas, etc, nobody had a clue about anything, it actually made the national papers as to how boring it was. (The majority had no idea what MMA actually was) Horwich was booed when he talked about God, it's pretty sad really, but still.

Never heard any booing at Cage Force, I might be wrong but I think Cage Rage is pretty good for the fans respecting the sport and fighters also. It's just the mainstream who go for the fight not the sport itself I think.

We moan but if we here appreciate the sport enough to dedicate free time talking about it, it's likely you are going to appreciate the nature of respect that the UFC and the sport of MMA has tried to instill with itself.
poll77
3/4/07 10:32:38PM
It is crap that the fans boo all the time, especially booing Anderson Silva but like earlier mentioned I think it was just because he beat their hometown hero Rich. I also now hate watching events in public. Last night was the first time I watched at a bar and I doubt I ever do again. Gets old listening to people talk about how it needs to be no holds barred and "man if I was in there I'd headbutt that dude HYUCKHYUCKHYUCK" and getting pissed when the fight goes to the ground. I live like 25 minutes away from Hillsboro and the bar was full of Hughes fans (me included) and half of them were like "why is he taking this to the ground he should just knock the guy out." Same thing happened with Couture a lot of people were saying stuff like how is he supposed to win if he just lays on him. It was completely annoying and kind of hard to not tell them all to STFU. Oh well sorry for another rant.
LayinFrame
1/16/08 5:39:46AM