Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by Dionysian, Jan 8, 2013.
No I think it's fuggin awesome
nedkov actually tko'd whale blubber in that one.
MMA is also on the rise in Brazil in a big way, and almost dead in Japan.
Great points all around.
Good thing is that they'll be seeing some familiar faces as well, from back when the sport was at its peak over there. This card is better on paper then some PPVs and most of the Fox cards, cant wait!!
It's got nothing to do with not being xenophobic or nationalist regarding sports.
Overall, Japanese fighters tend to be smaller than fighters from Western countries, so they want to match them up with bigger foreign fighters in an attempt to convey to the Japanese audience that being bigger doesn't always mean being stronger or better.
It's different because the Japanese don't have elite level fighters. Plus it's hilarious how everyone has rewritten history. Schaub was a big favorite of Nog, Forrest already had a win over Shogun and many people thought he'd beat him again, Barboza could of easily lost to Pearson, and Cane did lose to Nedkov. The only fight where either guy was a heavy favorite was Silva vs Okami and that was a fight that had to be made because Okami deserved a title shot.
Also comparing 153 to the Ufc Japan cards makes no sense because that card was decimated by injuries. The Ufc didn't plan on making Bonnar/Silva or Nog/Herman, in the first place.
UFC 144 gave all the "home town" guys even to favorable match ups.
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