Posted by FastKnockout
A friend of mine and me always argue about this. He always complains about the UFC Lightweights and WEC being "boring" because they can't finish fights and have no KO power.
Posted by bjj1605
I've come to appreciate [the lighter-weight fighters] because I understand the technique involved much more than I used to. I started training about 3 1/2 years ago. But I can see how your average fan wouldn't appreciate it.
I think this is key, and it's true for every sport. The aspects of the sport that are obvious - literally easy to see with the naked eye, as well as easy to understand - are what people who aren't familiar with the sport will enjoy. A knockout is usually easy to see and easy to understand, while a submission is often not. And like a low-scoring soccer or baseball game, someone who doesn't know MMA very well may think that if a fight goes to a decision, that means "nothing happened." If a fight goes to a decision, a person might think it was therefore a draw, and the judges have to split hairs because the sport doesn't allow draws (when in fact, it does, but that's another rant altogether).
MMA also carries the baggage of its weight classes. Size is a tool and an advantage in all sports; the fact that combat sports segregate their athletes by it will always be something that new fans have to get used to. In a sense, every other sport is an "open weight" tournament. Players who lack size in hockey, football or basketball are expected to adapt - be extra fast, be extra skilled, be extra smart, be something
- or find another line of work.