Posted by Rush
Do I have any more or less respect for Brock after this fight? No. There are a lot of fighters that I think are just as bad or worse than Brock. Running your mouth before or right after the fight is no different in my eyes.
Really? I think it makes a world of difference. Talking trash before a fight a) can get in a guy's head, and maybe nudge him towards not fighting the fight he should, b) hypes the fans up, leading to more buys on your card and c) is almost certainly encouraged by the UFC so they can cut those pre-fight promos. All valid reasons, and none necessarily with any malice.
After a winning fight though? You already proved you're the better fighter; what else needs to be said? It's the height of poor sportsmanship and is something you'll almost never see in a mainstream sport. Even when you do, they get some leeway because they're so established. In a burgeoning sport like this, on the main event of a huge card, probably tens of thousands' first exposure to it, we got Brock Lesnar, WWE superstar, putting on a huge spectacle, flipping off crowds*, spitting at cameras, insulting sponsors, and talking about crawling on top of his wife.
It might get a few more buys to "watch him lose" and all that, but it's not worth the lost respect, imo. Anyone read the 'mainstream' media coverage of the event? It was brutal. MMA can only go so far without being covered regularly in newspapers and TV, and those antics don't help.
*To be fair, the crowd WAS pretty ridiculous with the boos. Lesnar's GNP was way more effective than GSP's was that night, and he got nothing for it from the crowd. He still needs to be the bigger man, though. Take the 3 million they just paid you and walk it off.