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Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment Discussion' started by newFANguy, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. newFANguy Guest

    I am in no way a fighter or athletic for that fact, but I like MMA clothing for a few reasons.

    I watch UFC on tv with my dad regulalry, I enjoy watching the sport. I have a respect for the fighters. I think if you enjoy the sport and know a little about it then you can wear mma clothing. I have always wanted to get some mma shirts in the mall but always was turned away because people might think I am a poser.

    I understand there are people out there who wear, for example, Pink Floyd shirts but have never heard a song of his. Now that is a poser. If I am wearing a SilverStar Machida shirt, that means I know the fighter and am showing respect for him by representing him.

    Now if you are wearing a plain tapout shirt, then that means you like the sport in general.

    I dont think you have to be a fighter or trainer to like the sport or wear the gear. I mean a lot of people like certain football teams and dont really watch it at all and are fat guys. People dont go calling them posers, so why the hate in mma clothing?

    When you wear the clothes people think you are trying to act like a tough guy...not really, you just like that fighter and like the design. It is a really simple concept that people blow out of proportion.
     
  2. ECS123 Purple Belt

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    There is absolutely no reason that fans can't wear clothing to support a sport that they like and enjoy. If it weren't for the fans, there would probably not be much of a sport. Fighters even say that they love to fight, and also to put on a good show for the fans. The only time it becomes an issue is when some obnoxious loud mouth tries to pass himself off as a self proclaimed expert, when he has little to no training or experience in anything. Or, when a practitioner with latent insecurity issues decides to coin everyone that wears an MMA shirt a "poser." Both of those problems are completely out of your control, and since you are not misrepresenting your interest in the sport, IMHO, there is absolutely nothing wrong with you wearing a shirt to show support for a sport that you enjoy.

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  3. kimble09 Green Belt

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    my buddy just bought a cool t-shirt...it says "Poser" on the front, and on the back it says something like, "Why train like a fighter when you can look like one!"

    but, i think if you're a grown man, or have some sack, you can wear whatever the fuck you want to and not have to worry about what anyone else thinks.
     
  4. Soul Harvester Banned Banned

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    Sounds like a simple enough concept but every time I go out to a bar or similar social gathering I am reminded of why I will never own a combat sport shirt. All the prepie douche bags with their spiked hair and spray on tans... being a fan is one thing but most of them aren't, they just think buying a $60 t-shirt makes them tough and/or cool.


    And Pink Floyd is not a him, I'm going to let that slide just this once.
     
  5. Nijoe White Belt

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    If you wear a shirt supporting your soccer or whatever team, you're a fan. However, wear a Tapout shirt, you will most likely be labeled a douche.
    It's either double standard, or mma brands attract larger amount of douches than any other sport brands.
     
  6. TwoFour Lowkick Orange Belt

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    Blame the Jersey Shore types for making tapout and affliction seem douchey. I honestly feel a bit douchey wearing tapout.. but mostly because of the over the top, cheesy designs. It's all effin' skulls and dragons for some of the more mainstream clothing brands. I'd rather wear a t shirt from king, grant, jaco, or atama
     
  7. ASEGSEA Guest

    People wear NFL jerseys all the time but at most just throw the football around during a BBQ during the Sunday game. Wear what you want. If you're justified in your own mind then why feel you have to explain yourself to strangers. What's the worst that can happen, they not be your new friend?
     
  8. chino3 Purple Belt

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    shoot yourself.
     
  9. chino3 Purple Belt

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    and its because of guys like this (guess what kind of shirt he was wearing earlier...)
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  10. Tapout, Affliction, and at this point I think SilverStar as well all have the POTENTIAL to get you labeled as a poser, but most likely just by some random person. That would seem to be a result of the combination of over the top, douchey designs, department store availability, and tough guys that act like doucebags being drawn to those shirts.

    If somebody sees you wearing the same thing that some complete asshole at the bar was wearing there may be some association there for an individual that was rubbed the wrong way by that guy. I think it would be a small percentage of people that would even have a thought directed to you even momentarily for the shirt and the likelihood of them saying something to you about it is greatly smaller than that. So don't worry about it.

    If you're not going to feel comfortable wearing something because of other people's opinions, then it'll never be worth it to own it. I personally prefer the designs from Clinch Gear, Jaco, Triumph United, and others. Maybe you should look to other brands to show your support for the sport and it's fighters without it involving trying not be labeled as (or trying to fit into) any group.
     
  11. Soul Harvester Banned Banned

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    Time to unleash the Sherdog Forum shirt on the world!
     
  12. Tr0gdor White Belt

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    Atleast you aren't wearing Ed Hardy :icon_conf
     
  13. scousegrindcore Banned Banned

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    If you like the shirts then just wear them TS, the vast VAST majority of the general public wont even know its an MMA shirt anyway, so who cares? I like a few of those shirts and will probably get some in the future, couldnt care less if people think im a poser or not.

    Lifes too short to worry about the opinions of random strangers.
     
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    I used to wear Affliction shirts when they first came out because they represented MMA and they weren't TAPOUT. Not many people knew about them at the time. But now I see people who never train, people who don't know the difference between Anderson Silva and Wanderlei Silva, and people who think Chuck Liddell is still the best Light Heavyweight, wear them. They think that wearing TAPOUT and Affliction make them seem tougher. That just by wearing them they become fighters. Now here in LA Affliction is branded as another douche clothing line, along with Ed Hardy (which was always a douche brand).
     
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    LOL'd.
     
  16. Jester3k White Belt

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    I train UFC...

    sorry that's too low, even though i could pass that joke since im a white belt but still...
    i train in mma and boxing, i dig some of the clothing but alot of the tapout shirts are just there to get me home from the gym. others (less skulls and more graphic design) i actually wear around (dethrone Hawaiian crest shirt is one of my favorites, along with some warrior shirts)
    if you want to "ease in to the mma clothing get some ecko stuff, they have some good looking shirts

    but seriously
    1 stop caring what people think
    2 as long as you don't act like the just bleed guy it's just a shirt that supports the sport.
     
  17. rabeler White Belt

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    this is why i prefer clothing by like jaco, Tokyo five or rvca, they aren't to flashy as brands like tapout etc.... on other note aren't these shorts sick?? Tokyo Five Athletics Training shorts
     
  18. newFANguy Guest

    Ok I was quickly typing this in accounting class so the teacher wouldn't see it. I know they aren't a "him" lol.
     
  19. newFANguy Guest

    I know I know. I was typing this out quickly in accounting class and missed that. Sorry, I know they are not a him lol.
     
  20. Toan Nguyen Amateur Fighter

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    In Australia, MMA is nowhere near as popular or as mainstream as it is in the US, yet there are guys who do wear the dominant brands here, Tapout, Affliction and Silver Star. I would say 50 to 70% of them don't really know who the fighters are, let alone know the moves or techniques being used in the ring/cage and how it is effective or not. i met this one guy who was wearing a Silver Star shirt that has "The Saint" on the front. I ask him, are you a Rob Emerson fan? He says "Who?" Go figure guys. Then I say where did you get the shirt from? He says from a specialist store that sells those shirts, and he got it because it looked cool. Now that is either a poser or someone that should have more knowledge and respect for MMA and it's fighters. As an inactive fighter, I don't mind wearing the MMA brand shirts, but at least I have the respect and knowledge. Unlike a lot of other Aussies. We still have a long way to go. I wish it was still grassroots.
     

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