'Dana said I need more social media followers to get titleshot'

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by ReadWrite, Dec 12, 2018.

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Do you agree with Dana's position?

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  1. ReadWrite

    ReadWrite Black Belt Platinum Member

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    Longtime UFC bantamweight contender Raphael Assuncao is tired of being put behind other title challengers.

    In a recent interview with Combate, the 36-year-old claimed to believe that the only reason he wasn’t awarded a crack at the belt is because he is not vocal enough on social media and doesn’t talk trash.

    Currently on a four-fight winning streak, with his last loss being to the now champion, TJ Dillashaw, Assuncao laments that such factors can decide whether or not an athlete can warrant a title shot.

    “I think I’ve done enough to warrant a title shot a long time ago,” Assuncao said. “There are some factors that shouldn’t be pivotal for them not to give me a title shot. A certain number of followers is an example. I don’t think that should define who deserves it, who will be the next challenger. I’m no Tiririca (a famous Brazilian comedian), let’s put it that way. I don’t have a ‘X’ number of followers, so I can’t warrant a title shot. That’s not cool. But it’s what the boss said, so let’s move on.”

    “I’m a pretty down-to-earth guy,” He added. “My followers are people who follow me for real, I reply to them. You have two million followers, do you know who they are? You have no idea, sometimes it’s not even a legit follower, they can be bought, Unfortunately, that makes a difference when selling a fight.”

    Scheduled to rematch Marlon Moraes at UFC Fortaleza, a fighter whom he defeated via split decision back in June 2017, Assuncao states that a second win over ‘Magic’ should be the last step before securing his long-awaited title shot.

    “I have to beat Marlon again,” Assuncao said. “Then I’ll literally be on wait for the title shot. But I have a tough opponent ahead of me, just like it was in 2017, but I’ll be super well trained. We intend to do the same thing we did in 2017, only better. I’m in search of this win so I can be at peace with myself and rest assured that I won’t have to do anything else. I’ll just sit on the couch and wait for the boss to call.”
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    https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2018/12...nt-be-defined-social-media-followers-mma-news
     
  2. NoSmilez

    NoSmilez Black Belt

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    He isn’t pretty, old, no engrish and he isn’t a consistent finisher
     
  3. TapMachine

    TapMachine Pretty Princess

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    Lmao at 1 person voting "yes". Hello, purple goof.
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    EDIT: Sorry, quoted the wrong person.
     
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  4. ReadWrite

    ReadWrite Black Belt Platinum Member

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    Bring in the Russians!
    Next week...
    2,000,000 followers
    Dana: Okay, titleshot.
     
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  5. Only Here for Attachments

    Only Here for Attachments Free from yellow thanks to my state's congress

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    WME will be the death of UFC
     
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  6. Super Shotgun

    Super Shotgun Purple Belt

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    Sad how low this sport has fallen. WME = Worst Management Ever.
     
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  7. Boonedoggle

    Boonedoggle Purple Belt

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    Just highlights what we all know, this isnt a legitimate sport with fair ranking, simply prize fighting.
     
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  8. Death By Samson

    Death By Samson Silver Belt

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    Boonedoggle Purple Belt

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    It's always been about the money.
     
  10. Psychedelic

    Psychedelic Red Belt

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    Haters gonna hate, but Gregory "Greg" Jackson was a visionary, an avant-gardist, and a downright clairvoyant when he told Jones to go get some fans. He saw where this sport was heading.
     
  11. jaykah

    jaykah Yellow Belt

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    Horrible if true.
     
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    AJ Garcia Level 10 Keyboard warrior Professional Fighter

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    He’s just had some bad luck. He was on a great run, but then had that injury that had him out for a long time. Then he came back and lost to dillashaw, followed by dillashaw winning the belt. If he wins this next fight tho I’m sure he’ll get the next shot. Actually whoever wins this fight probably will.
     
  13. cevo

    cevo Red Belt

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    When has it ever not been prize fighting? Combat sports will never be like soccer.
     
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  14. C0NCH3TO

    C0NCH3TO Silver Belt

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    Fuck ig lol... bunch of wimps....
     
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    Never. As i said in the post above yours.
     
  16. Chesten_Hesten

    Chesten_Hesten The Wiener of Steel

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    What's goin on here?
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  17. Zanmato

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    I am sure we are only getting half the story... he is quite old, doesn't fight very often, has had like 7 injuries in as many years and is regularly in pretty closely fought decisions. They might just not really think he is worth the risk

    Add to that that the division he is in has a belt which is only defended on average once per year, there aren't really a huge number of title opportunities for him

    I would hope that twitter followers is not an indication of who gets a title shot and not but it would be naïve to think it doesn't have some influence
     
  18. Old Women

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    does bellator exhibit this management behavior at all?
     
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  19. Final Say

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    This shit predates WME, Stipe was complaining about the same exact thing prior to getting his shot
     
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  20. markg171

    markg171 Silver Belt

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    Good, fuck him. If you're not interesting then why would people pay to see you? They wouldn't. And the UFC is acting perfectly accordingly.

    It's prize fighting, not a tournament. You're not owed anything. Fighters need to stop looking for handouts and go get some fans.
     
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