here are some observations I have been noticing of late, which no doubt many here have observed.
Online MMA fans are some of the most feisty, negative, sceptical, aggressive and often non-supportive 'fans' in any sport.
I am curious to know how many people that are online fan's legally watch MMA shows, whether attending an event, or watching on DVD (when those DVDs are made available...promoters ;) ). Following a PBP account that your mate is texting you or following a PBP thread on here or another forum doesn't count either.
This sport is one of the few that we have direct access to officials and competitors, and often this access is used by condemning, abusing and bickering away at the very people who make the shows happen.
Now granted there is still alot to be desired in Aus MMA, but criticism in cyber space will change nothing.
To those who think fighters owe you something, they dont. one are you a paying fan ? and two if you are most fighters are just like you, fan's and I gurantee the vast majority make no or very little money in this sport. So no these guys don't owe you a thing. Remember some of these guys have to go to work on monday as well(and most likely make alot more in a working week than in the fight)..so take that in to consideration when one observes self preservation inside the ring-cage. Because medicare and work cover don't cover MMA injuries.
Some times shows and promoters make decisions or matches that cater for the mass market, and not us. Matches of talented champions versus a chump, make no difference to the bloke who walks into the show happy to spend money on the ticket and drink's while watching a visually excuting sport-spectacle. The hard core fans dont make the majority. The majority are people who don't even know what the guard, or what BJJ belt he is let alone the finer points of our sport.
And until we have a co-ordinated sport and a rankings structure, promoters and shows can match anyone, however un-deserving, against a 'champ'. Because at the end of the day, what ladder is there to climb ? And who defines who as deserving?
If you really care about the sport then support it. Get out there on the grass roots level, rise above in-house politics around outsiders. Who really cares what BJJ academy is the best at the pan pacs, or who is affiliated with who and so on..this is MMA ! Educate, support, talk, respect. And remember it is the person who pays for those tickets, and who buys the DVD that promoters are most concerned with. Not the guy who down loads a show from a streaming site, or a guy who only goes to a show if they can get in for free.
Im sure there are more nuances...but this is just my rant. Sorry for sounding like an anal warrior from knit land.
Take care guys