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Monday, 11/19/2012, 08:59 am

Four Things You Love to Hate About Internet MMA Fans

One of the dangers of surfing the internet in search of MMA news is happening across unsavory forum posts. I admit I used to frequent these misguided outlets of free speech. That did not last long.

It would amaze me, and still does, what some of the posters would come up with in defense of, or the bashing of mma athletes. The creativity factor was so great in what their minds could concoct as real fact that you could almost see them inking Hollywood scripts. Alas, you read on and discover that their first post in the thread was intellectually all they had, because after their opinion it became a flaming war of “you’re dumb, “no, you’re dumber’, and spiraled in to “Yo mama” jokes from there. My favorite was a thread where a “Doctor” analyzed Shogun Rua’s footwork in his loss to Jon Jones, and was able to diagnose a specific knee problem from the footage. Shogun lost. Get over it fan boys.

With that being said, here are four of the things you love to hate about internet forum threads.

Completely discredit a fighter because of one loss

When a fighter loses they are “exposed” according to most internet experts, and by experts I mean forum dwelling trolls. When Rich Franklin lost to the greatest fighter of all time Anderson Silva he instantly sucked. The only two people Rich Franklin has lost to at 185 pounds are Cung Le and Anderson Silva. To say that he was exposed in any way is ridiculous. There are hundreds of examples, but you get the point.

Assume every fighter who is injured is cycling off of some banned substance

This is one of my least favorites. With all of the injuries that a fighter can sustain during often intense preparations for a fight it is not surprising when they do get injured. Granted, I think they have a responsibility to stay healthy, but that doesn’t mean I don’t understand that stuff happens. Shane Carwin is the best of the most recent examples. Carwin is a huge guy and according to most experts, and by experts I mean not experts, he is obviously trying to cycle off a performance enhancing drug because he is out of his fight with Roy Nelson. I will say that it was interesting that he was able to predict a return date of February almost immediately after he announced was injured. I in no way think that Shane needed time to get drugs out of his system and remind everyone that the UFC follows up on stuff like this. Speculation and uneducated opinions- along with the deviously, light-hearted, and humorous nature of friend Roy Nelson – have caused fans to question Carwin’s integrity. Come on…

Assume every fighter who is injured is ducking an opponent

Let’s take Brian Stann for example. Stann is a monster and a solid fighter in the Octagon. He can hang with the best of them and is a threat to anyone at 185 pounds. When you take a decorated war hero who faced live fire, harsh conditions, and showed unwavering courage in the face of extreme adversity and toss it out because he had to pull out of a fight – you’re insane. Brian suffered a shoulder injury before his fight with the highly touted and hyped Hector Lombard. Instantly there were rumors of Stann being afraid of Lombard and this was his best way out to save face. Let me say this, I would rather fight Lombard than Michael Bisping. Michael has a way of winning fights when it counts. The only people he has lost to in the UFC are Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson, and Rashad Evans. He has been in the UFC since the UFC 66 event and is a survivor. You can’t tell me you would risk a big paycheck by choosing to fight Michael Bisping over Hector Lombard. As I said before that’s insane.

Consider every PPV as the downfall of the UFC

Let’s be honest there have been some events that were stinkers for the UFC when it comes to pay per views, but the UFC is consistently putting out better content and producing quality fighters by whatever behind the scenes matchmaking process they are using. They produce main event match-ups that are worth the pay per view price alone. Chael Sonnen versus Anderson Silva, Chuck Liddell versus Tito II, GSP versus Matt Hughes, and BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz to name a few. These are just a handfull of examples because there are many, many more that delivered. It is a common practice to bash Dana White on any decision he makes regarding booking, business ventures, changes to anything related to the UFC, and his comments about just about anything. The bottom line is that the UFC has produced enough quality events to do whatever they want and still get it right or as close to great as possible. Internet fans are trashing his selection of Chael Sonnen as the next opponent for Jon Jones. I guarantee it sells like hot cakes and fans will ultimately be happy.


14 Responses to “Four Things You Love to Hate About Internet MMA Fans”

  1. Snake Charmer says:

    This is so true it’s funny! Love to see what the trolls have to say about this. I hardly ever comment on here due to people thinking they know everything about every fighter and mma!

    Troll on trollers…

  2. Jacob743 says:

    Mr. McClure

    stick to the news nobody give a shit about
    your biased opinions. lately your articles have been full of bias and lack substance. “lead writer”? was that self entitled?

    this article like many others you have been writing
    makes you sound like a little bitch. crying about every little thing that bothers YOU.

    I love but writers like you are ruining this website.

    • O.o says:

      And you my idiot friend are exactly the kind of people that he and people like ME are sick of.Complain about everything that bothers me??? No YOU bother me people like you sir who hide in a safe place behind that keybord and bash people.Yes yes this is a bash but a point needs to be made and its almost like you didnt even read the fucking aritcle and if you did and still commented like you just did my god sir you cant afford to be this stupid and oblivious in life.WAKE….THE…FUCK….UP.Its like sir you have a potty mouth so watch your language here please.And our response would be FUCK YOU >_> we got us a real fucking genius here

  3. TheTude says:

    I am shamefaced. =C

  4. Mike b says:

    A lot of mma fans are just ingnorant as hell and think they know everything.Very disrespectful also,a lot of insulting people over the Internet cause they know their safe behind a laptop,Lol.I mean there seems to be some cool guys sometimes but the majority of them are just rude and think they are mma geniuses.And it’s also easy to look in from the outside these mma fighters put their lives on the line while most mma fans don’t respect that…it’s cause their ingnorant roaches,they serve no purpose in life.

  5. Xaninho says:

    I agree with some of this article. Mainly the one about so-called experts who resort to namecalling when their back is against the wall. They run out of viable arguments and show their lack of class and intelligence.

    But on the Shane Carwin part I have to say that he has been linked to steroids before. His name came up on a list of a busted sterois pharmacy company. His shopping cart included such products as Trenbolone, Testosterone, Stanozolol, and Nandrolone. Rather than say ‘Yes, I admit I did steroids back in 2006′ or ‘No, I’m completely innocent’, Shane tried a different tactic: his manager said they’d release a statement ‘soon’ and then they disappeared for the next six months. Shane went and got neck and back surgery and hoped everyone would forget about things by the time he came back. Well a lot of fans haven’t forgotten about it and now it’s biting him in the ass.

  6. Tony W. says:

    Completely agree with this list. To go along with the first point as well as soon as a fighter loses due to KO or submission, they instantly have no chin or no sub defense.

  7. Elite says:

    They always say the only 2 people Rich Franklin lost to in the middleweight division is Anderson Silva and Cung Le, are they forgetting him losing to Dan Henderson and getting knocked out by Vitor Belfort?

  8. Nelsonx says:

    Well that all might be true but how about the real mma reporters and commentators they are usually the one starting the negative feed back about fighters and for that matter Dana White bashes his fighters too. So now the guys that write comments saying the same thing they heard from Dana or commentators are called trolls and self proclaim experts. That’s like saying that I can’t boo a fighter because of a bad performance that I drop money to see because I’m not a fighter in the cage? What I say is to the writer of this article just write good mma articles that way we have some facts and not just opinions !!!!!!

  9. Mayor of Deviance says:

    Cool article and a good read. I’m no doctor, but I still think Shogun had a knee injury looking at his footwork though. :)

  10. sdflksdnfkj;sdf says:

    And ‘Keyboard Warriors’

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