I just finished enjoying the Proelite show on Showtime. Charles Bennet's obnoxious 10 minute stroll to the cage while talking on a cellphone was only trumped by his refusing to touch gloves with KJ Noons. I enjoyed watching Noons chop at the cocky Bennet with those beautiful leg kicks. I also enjoyed watching Bennet's left to the body, right to the jaw KO combination.
Silva impressed me and the womens match was pretty damn good.
Now Frank Shamrock......well, thats a whole different thread.
After waiting five minutes to see whether Shamrocks cheapshot had paralyzed Renzo or only incapacitated him for the night; I swithched to the Sugar Shane fight we DVR'd on HBO.
Was this really a fight I was about to watch??? Where are the fire-breathing dragons?? Where is the stripper flag procession??? Where are the three-story projection screens with anime charicatures of the combatants??? Where's the weird guy in the diaper with the greasy ass bamging the drums????
I have always had serious reservations about the theatrics that have become so commonplace in these MMA productions. After watching one of Akihiro Gono's full-scale broadway show entrances at Pride I vowed never to buy their PPV again. (I didn't keep that promise, bastards!!)
I thought that Gary Shaw and Showtime would bring a breath of fresh air to our sport. I hoped they would package it just like boxing. When I saw the 30 foot tall fire breathing dragon I was so dissappointed.
Why do the fighters have to emerge from dragons mouth in a cloudy haze of dragons smoke, and then walk alone down an elevated cat-walk??? Why not have them drop from the rafters on mechanical platforms?? Maybe the platforms can even rotate and spin like Tommy Lee's rig???
Even the tough-looking tribal designs on the Proelite graphics pissed me off??? Why does it have to be so melodramatic. I want MMA to be like every other mainstream sport, not the WWF. I dream of a day when I can get MMA news on sporscenter. I hate that the "world-wide leader in sports" spends more time on Golf than MMA.
So my questions is fellas, will I ever watch an MMA event that will look just like a boxing promotion. And I'm not talking the ring/cage question, that I don't care about. I just want to see that best fighters in the wolrd compete without all of the theatrical BS. Will this day ever come????