- 02-18-2008, 12:08 PM
- 02-18-2008, 01:50 PM
02-18-2008, 02:17 PM
I dont think he's bad for the sport, I just wish they'd give him a decent opponent. I'd love to see him against someone like Imes or Silva as you stated. I know they are trying to build him up, but I think putting him against has beens or no names is doing more damage to his rep than good.
02-18-2008, 02:37 PM
I think some of the complaint surrounding Kimbo being "bad for the sport" is the concern of the fan base he draws. The reasoning that a bad fan base will taint the credibility of the sport. I disagree, a fan base period, in terms of pure quantity outweighs the quality of the fan base. Money comes in numbers, period. The NFL is a respected sport with millions of idiot, sport clueless meat heads. Its the numbers of fans that pays the athletes millions of dollars, not the fan bases' ability to quote stats.
Even if Kimbo is drawing "a less cultured" fan base, you have to start somewhere. Not everybody who started watching MMA back in the day was about watching for technicality. It was primarily for entertaining knock outs, however it may come. You start from there and learn to appreciate and respect the sport over time.
If the fan base was only relegated to people who "KNOW" MMA so well that they instinctively pronounce their "R's" with an "H" sound and their "W's" with a "V" the whole sport would go bankrupt.
Numbers and money is good for everybody, the athletes, the organizations and the interest & local/national participants in MMA, which in turn points back to perpetuating the growth of the sport.
NSCA - CSCS
02-19-2008, 11:19 AM
His Crowd, His Demeanor and the way they market him. Horrid for us that have put blood and sweat into making it legit.
02-19-2008, 11:31 AM
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02-19-2008, 12:05 PM
Kimbo confesses himself to be, or at least attaining to be more then a one dimensional fighter "now" and recognizes the difference between MMA and his street brawls.
Whats wrong with Kimbo's demeanor? Rampage enters the ring with a much more disturbed pre-fight face then he does.
People in the NFL aren't exactly hosting tea parties, the media, the fans, the organizations love it when their athletes come hyped and ready to hurt.
Tank has been around when the MMA was in a much more fragile state. And all Tank did was flip people off, cuss in the mic and say all he does is drink at bars and fight. Kimbo has already come off as taking the sport much more seriously.
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02-19-2008, 12:08 PM
02-19-2008, 12:23 PM
02-19-2008, 12:25 PM
02-19-2008, 12:29 PM
I also agree that to fans, Rampage is well, WELL known as a joker, but to some legislator looking from the outside in, they won't recognize the difference between Kimbo and Rampage.
From a very involved, legal stand point, I'll just concede you've got the heads up on that and your distaste for Kimbo may be well founded, but from a fans point of view, he keeps the sport interesting in the HW division. I'm a bigger "hopeful" fan of Brock, but I do enjoy watching Kimbo fight.
NSCA - CSCS
02-19-2008, 12:37 PM
02-19-2008, 12:43 PM
It was kind of weird when you had 666 posts, but you're good now.
Well I hope the atmosphere and perspectives of his situation changes, because I enjoy his fights.
NSCA - CSCS
02-19-2008, 12:49 PM
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