Understanding the UFC 100

boxingI can't help but feel as if I'm missing the point of Mixed Martial Arts. I love sports in general, I loved the WWF as a youngster in the 80s and I still enjoy a good boxing match. Still, I don't get the phenomenon known as UFC. I can't seem to get into Mixed Martial Arts, even with all the recent hype surrounding it.

The recent hype was around UFC 100. A number of people I follow on Twitter were super excited about this event. Canadians get particularly excited about Georges St. Pierre, a Quebec native and UFC Welterweight Champion. GSP, as he's better known, is even sponsored by Gatorade. When Gatorade is knocking on your door, you're mainstream.

But still, with all this hype and so many singing the praises of UFC, I'm left with no interest. I watched a few GSP matches online and still didn't care. Was boxing not brutal enough? Were we in need of a WWF-like sport without a script?

I understand the MMA fan base is a passionate bunch and extremely loyal to the UFC. I expect them to chastise me for missing out. I'm curious what the rest of you think. Have I not given MMA a fair shot or is it simply a fringe sport for the blood thirsty?


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Steve

If you don't like the stuff you don't like the stuff, same as any other sport. I personally hate basketball and think sports like curling and soccer are just about the dumbest things ever, but in spite of my best efforts, they're all very popular. I enjoy UFC and MMA in general, but I understand why some people might not. I still love watching wrestling and I watch some boxing here and there too, so to me, getting into MMA seemed only natural. I think the thing people love about the UFC is that it's something different. It's a mixture of all kinds of things, boxing, wrestling, karate, judo, on and on and on. People have always wondered what would happen if a boxer got into a fight with a wrestler or whatever and MMA is a way to find out. It's new and exciting, which is something neither boxing or wrestling can claim to be these days.

July 13, 2009 @ 1:29 PM

Dev

The worst sport ever. The people who follow it tend to be morons and narrow minded buffoons.

July 13, 2009 @ 1:35 PM

Chemmy

Every MMA match I've seen devolves into two guys humping. Everyone involved seems to be a consenting adult, so uh, carry on I guess.

July 13, 2009 @ 2:15 PM

James Edgar

I don't get it either. May be generational. I'm in my 40's.

I never got wrestling or even boxing for that matter though.

Other than Hockey I don't get any ball and stick sports much.

I like racing. Cars, Bikes. If it has an engine I'm pretty OK with it. Mostly bikes now.

And for some reason people don't get that either.

Idiots :)

July 13, 2009 @ 2:29 PM

Steve

"The people who follow it tend to be morons and narrow minded buffoons."

Lord I hope that comment is a joke, otherwise it was the most narrow minded thing I've read all day, not to mention the most ironic.

I said in my first comment that I can't stand curling and think it's retarded. that doesn't mean that people who watch it are retarded. I'm sure some super megga dumbasses watch it, but that's the case with everything. for some reason, perfectly smart people watch those idol type shows too, which I'll never understand as long as I live, but it's a fact. I love pro wrestling more than any other sport in the world, and while we seem to have gotten more than our fare share of knuckle dragging idiot fans, I take umbrage with anybody who states that all of us are that way. Making sweeping generalizations like that and being serious is more narrow minded and buffoonish than a lot of things in this world.

July 13, 2009 @ 3:39 PM

LEW

I love a good hockey fight, but hockey is a great sport without the fighting, and would be just as entertaining when or if it was banned.
I would ban all blood sports given the choice.
PS Mike - I have children about the same age as yours, would you want either of your children to participate?

July 13, 2009 @ 5:09 PM

Toronto Mike

@LEW
No way. But I wouldn't want my kids boxing, either.

July 13, 2009 @ 5:29 PM

The_Voice

MMA *can* be less violent than boxing, or less life threatening. Considering how many fights end by submission, with no permanent damage, as opposed to the continual head injuries sustained from boxing, I figure MMA would be considered less violent by most... nowadays... now that they have RULES (like no striking the back of the head, no knees to the head of a downed opponent, no strikes to the groin, etc, etc).

July 14, 2009 @ 12:04 PM

Toronto Mike

I understand you can't legally hold an MMA event in Ontario. This is why the Canadian events are always held in Quebec.

They can't get sanctioned here... but I know this province can host boxing matches.

July 14, 2009 @ 12:08 PM

andy

given the pure violence of the ufc,I could understand your not getting the next seat on the bus, I personally enjoy a k1 fight without the grappling way more entertaining,though not less brutal in any way violence wise,it's like anything you don't really understand at 1st or 2nd glance you get drawn into it,pick a few favourites and progress watching the drama unfold every month or more,just think of the albums you likely listened to a couple times or more and didn't really think they were a bands best,then suddenly after listening a few more times,you thought to yourself what a great album,maybe thier best,happened to me many times. As far as them not being able to show fights here,it is ridiculous,we can buy liquor,pay our taxes,and watch and buy pornography,openly,lol, why is it we canno't be included in the biggest thing since hold-em poker was unveiled as mainstream?try watching the ultimate fighter marathon sometime,and check it out ,maybe you will see a difference.

July 18, 2009 @ 11:55 AM

Muay Thai

Every sport have its own specialty and importance, no one can compare with one which he dislikes with one he likes. Its human choice.

September 16, 2009 @ 12:59 AM

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