I posted this in the "Why the TUF Hate?" thread, but i think it's worth its own thread.
It's not even the hate on TUF that bothers me, it's the hate on the "noobs." I don't know of any other sport whose "diehard" fans complain about gaining new fans who want to learn more about the sport.
The southern rednecks stopped shitting on the people who jumped on board the NASCAR bandwagon a long time ago. I'm sure if the NHL ever picks up steam again, its true fans won't crap on the noobs for not liking one of the Original Six teams or not knowing who the 17th best 16-year-old left winger in western Saskatchewan is.
Remember, it wasn't the people who've watched MMA from UFC 1 that helped get the sport on the cover of SI. It's the popularity it's gained from all the new fans who "get it" just as much as all the hardcores do. So what if they've never seen a Shooto event? Most of the "TUF Noobs" want to understand the sport. A very small minority of them come on places like this and make asses of themselves on occasion with slightly uneducated opinions with major UFC bias, but those views should be respected, not shit upon. Ignore them and they'll go away and realize they're not up to speed for this place yet.