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I started thinking about this a few minutes ago reading the thread about the members from the UK and their favorite fighters.

JJeans stated there are a few fighters he only likes cause their British. I kind of feel the same way about a few Canadian fighters,
Patrick Cote,
Jason MacDonald,
Sam Stout,
TJ Grant,
every Canadian who has ever been on TUF. (Including the guy whose only accomplishment was having his bed pissed on by Leben [Jason Thacker])

I don't see a lot of it in posts from Americans, but at live events its hard to miss the USA chant that happens from time to time.

So my question is, have you ever found yourself cheering for someone based solely on their nationality?

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I can honestly say there are no fighter's i've ever pulled for because they were American & the other fighter was not. also you will never hear me chant USA unless I'm watching an Olympic event or watching International soccer games.

edit: one of my favorites is Alan Belcher, who is from my home state of MS, but I became a fan of his more from watching him fight than knowing where he was from.

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Thanks for mentioning me, Being British it is easy to say yes! But I will say I found it hard to cheer for Renan Baroa when everybody around me was booing, I had to stand up and clap

When everybody was booing cause Pickett lost I stood up and started cheering, people behind me started booing even more so I turned round and gestured to make some noise! Which they did till my mate sat me down

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Posted by FlashyG

So my question is, have you ever found yourself cheering for someone based solely on their nationality?



Nationality, no. Ethnicity, yes.

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Posted by Poor_Franklin

I can honestly say there are no fighter's i've ever pulled for because they were American & the other fighter was not. also you will never hear me chant USA unless I'm watching an Olympic event or watching International soccer games.




I'm usually the same way, with the exception of the US vs. UK season of TUF.

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Yeah, I don't cheer for people because they are American.
The only guy I cheer for because of his location is Anthony Pettis, because we have the same hometown of Milwaukee. I like him for other reasons too, but the Milwaukee thing is part of it.

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OH CANADA
MY HOME & NATIVE LAND

of course i support my fellow countrymen



especially when one of them is the POUND FOR POUND BEST FIGHTER ON PLANET EARTH

I dont even have to say his name cause u already know its true

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I've become somewhat of an atheist when it comes to sports. I don't have any favorite fighters, teams, etc. I cheer for a clean and technically pleasing fight and nothing more. Doesn't matter whose in the cage, where they were born, or what flag they've got ext to their name. I'll cheer for a great and entertaining fight before I'll cheer for a specific fighter- As long as the athletes use the fullest of their abilities and don't quit on themselves.

EDIT- I'll admit. I do cheer for whomever I've got listed on my fight companion.

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Posted by FlashyG

So my question is, have you ever found yourself cheering for someone based solely on their nationality?



Nationality, no. Ethnicity, yes.



This is interesting, What ethnic group do you find yourself cheering for?

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I just cheer for who I like, I don't care where their from or what color they are TBH

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Oddly enough, a lot of the fighters that I want to see succeed and/or like are normally from countries other than America. I often find myself cheering for Japanese fighters when they transition over to the UFC, but that probably stems more from my fascination and love for the Japanese and their culture, and a lot of the asian culture in general. I love their core values of honor, and respect, and the ridiculous work ethic that has, in a general sense, been ingrained in japanese people. It's especially evident when you compare the way the Japanese people reacted after the devastating earthquake from early this year hit them, to the way people in Haiti reacted after the earthquake that hit them, or even the way the people of New Orleans reacted after Katrina. In New Orleans and Haiti people immediately started looting and everything devolved into a state of lawlessness, where as in Japan the people started looking out for each other and offered a helping hand when they could. I can't think of a single time after the earthquake that I heard on the news, or read online, that looting had become a problem or crime rates sky rocketed. ]
Of course, it's probably also worthy of noting that I'm going to college for a bachelor's with a history major, so a level of fascination with other cultures, and the world in general, is to be expected.

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Posted by FlashyG

So my question is, have you ever found yourself cheering for someone based solely on their nationality?



Nationality, no. Ethnicity, yes.



This is interesting, What ethnic group do you find yourself cheering for?



Mexican and the rare, Native American fighter, when those appear.

Also, fighters with similar builds to myself. Great fighters with shorter reaches who have to use footwork/head movement to get in range. (Penn, Rampage, Fedor)

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Posted by FlashyG

I started thinking about this a few minutes ago reading the thread about the members from the UK and their favorite fighters.

JJeans stated there are a few fighters he only likes cause their British. I kind of feel the same way about a few Canadian fighters,
Patrick Cote,
Jason MacDonald,
Sam Stout,
TJ Grant,
every Canadian who has ever been on TUF. (Including the guy whose only accomplishment was having his bed pissed on by Leben [Jason Thacker])

I don't see a lot of it in posts from Americans, but at live events its hard to miss the USA chant that happens from time to time.

So my question is, have you ever found yourself cheering for someone based solely on their nationality?



As a fellow Canadian I pretty much agree with your list. I don't really like Cote all that much but I feel like it's an obligation to root for him against most fighters. I'm legitimately a fan of Hominick, gsp, Stout and Rory MacDonald though. Grant is growing on me as well. And Claude Patrick because we're both from Toronto. Sean Pierson too because I know him.

And how about my first favourite Canadian fighter, Gary Goodridge?

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