I don't know about anyone else here, and this isn't exactly mind blowing, but it really threw me off watching last weeks UFC Fight Night Live from back in 2006.
It was a strange feeling watching the event. One thing being that they were showing a bunch of the contenders that had washed out and been cut from the roster.
But other than that, while I was watching, I realized the level of sponsorship. I was so accustomed to seeing UFC newbies decked top to bottom with sponsors on their trunks, and a lot of these guys only had one or two. No banners, no really major center sponsor on the canvas, and I don't remember, but they might have even had the semi open palms with the tiny strip of leather under the thumb.
It's so weird looking back 3 years or so and realizing that the show looks 10 to 15 years older. I mean, I'm nastalgic toward something from 3 years ago. That's odd.
Anyone else have any input?
3 years ago puts it back around the early days of TUF, and it really wasn't until season 3 or so that UFC really began to take off as a result because TUF started introducing us to all the talent beyond guys like Liddell, Couture, Ortiz, and Hughes. That was even before I started watching-I didn't get on board until just before UFC 57.
I was watching that too, and even though I didn't notice the ads or anything, what I did notice was how much smaller the venue was for fight nights back then compared to now. The crowd looked tiny.