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Old 01-31-2014, 11:13 PM   #1

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Would people care more about lighter divisions if they had boxing's names?

In terms of popularity Welterweight (147lbs.) has regularly been considered the premier weight class in boxing, and has typically had the most popularity outside of Heavyweight.

However, in MMA those divisions are considered "small" and don't receive the same kind of notoriety the bigger divisions do. Is it a marketing thing and the names of the smaller divisions are part of what's holding it back?

If the divisions were named to more closely align with their boxing counterparts, would the smaller divisions be more popular?

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206+: Heavyweight
205: Cruiserweight
185: Light Heavyweight
170: Middleweight
155: Super Welterweight
145: Welterweight
135: Lightweight
125: Featherweight

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Old 01-31-2014, 11:17 PM   #2

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Yes TS I think with casual fans especially they'd care more about the lighter divisions in MMA if they had the same division names for weight classes as Boxing. Also when MMA becomes more popular and fans become more educated then there will be more interest in the lighter divisions.

When we have discussions about A-Level athletes being able to be champions in MMA with 6 months of training, it shows MMA fans aren't as educated as Boxing fans yet. It's ok it takes time.

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Old 02-01-2014, 12:13 AM   #3

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The lighter divisions will grow in popularity eventually. Try to remember that even lightweight was considered to not be a draw at all for awhile.

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Old 02-01-2014, 12:26 AM   #4

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It takes time. The heavyweight division in boxing used to be the most popular if I recall correctly. UFC welterweight and lightweight at one point was very shallow and had little interest. More fighters started flooding in, then the talent and competition was established when everything settled. Give it time. You can't expect a division with only two champions in its lifespan to be making waves.

Oh so we're throwing spinning shit now?

When Anderson fights his own clone, no one will care, because Weidman beats them both.
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Old 02-01-2014, 12:34 AM   #5
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Wouldn't make a ass difference to me guys tend to look at division at what they weigh themselves whether they fight or not. Our ego pokes at us thinking "He fights my weight , this is who I'd face"..? That's why my interest is in LHW, but I'm fight fan and look at all divisions because there are good fighters across all divisions.

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Old 02-01-2014, 01:01 AM   #7
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I disagree. This is MMA not boxing and the names MMA has for it's divisions are what they are. What follows LHW..HW! Works for me.

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Old 02-01-2014, 01:13 AM   #8
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It would hold no relevance at all to the vast majority of potential fans. It's moreso something that the pseudo-OCD fans have an issue with.

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Old 02-01-2014, 01:17 AM   #9
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Seems like the smaller weight divisions are growing on most people and their size is less of an issue as before seeing how good they are.

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Old 02-01-2014, 01:28 AM   #10

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Aside from the counterintuitive light heavyweight/cruiserweight/heavyweight, having 145 as welter makes more sense. The average male would fight at 145, making 135 "lightweight" , as opposed to featherweight (with the "light" weights walking into the cage at 175+ shredded. Hardly small for a natural athlete of average height...

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