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Will UFC little guys ever be celebrated like Boxing's guys

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  1. 120wrestling Brown Belt

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    Will we ever embrace the little guys in UFC the same way little guys are celebrated in Boxing?

    When people talk about Prince Naseem, they talk about his greatness, his showboating/arrogance, his skill and how he was the best Feathwerweight of his time (126 pounds). Not to many people joke about him being 5'4 and barely walking around above 135. [​IMG]

    Do you think it's because of how embarrassingly shallow the division is, the way most of DJ's fights tend to go? Prince Naseem was a showman and a lot of his fights ended in vicious finishes which could be the reason he was famous, he was truly one of the first Mcgregor's.

    I don't see it happening for a few years
     
  2. JayPettryMMA Danger Zone Aficionado Staff Member Sherdog.com Staff

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    Boxing has been around since when, and the UFC flyweight division has been around for how long?
     
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    Boxings little guys dont get shit for attention. outside of a few fighters who market themselves good. Very similar to UFC fighters. Its why no one likes Might Mouse, hes unmarketable and sullen. Doesnt swing with fans.
     
  4. 613 Gold Belt

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    Boxing fans tend to have more of an appreciation for the little guys skill then MMA fans do.
     
  5. Actualized174 Black Belt

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    Boxing fans tend to appreciate skill more than MMA "fans".
     
  6. Abezal Banned Banned

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    Fuck no.

    mmas golden age was 205/hw
     
  7. 613 Gold Belt

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    The majority of the most popular boxers fight at 154 or below. By far the two most popular athletes in combat sports usually weigh less then 150LBs on fight night
     
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    Naseem named would be a ronda-like figure of he fought mma nowadays and many would love him. No mma small guys are as special as the prince was yet
     
  9. 120wrestling Brown Belt

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    You gotta be kidding...Other than the Klitchko's or however you spell their name no one really knows anybody else in the upper divisions.
     
  10. yookfarb Red Belt

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    for every Manny Pacquiao or Prince Naseem, there is an abundance of talented little boxers that nobody knows or cares about
     
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    Yeah but atleast boxing has those Pacquiaos, Prince Naseems and Mayweathers. In pretty much the whole of sub 155 mma there's only Conor McGregor who's a PPV star.
     
  12. mmafan559 Black Belt

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    125 has a bland champion, it's not fucking rocket science
     
  13. 613 Gold Belt

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    That can be said about any division in any combat sport
     
  14. Black Blood Purple Belt

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    Yah know, boxing doesn't really give a whole lot of love to boxers under 130ish pounds either. There are a lot of damn good boxers in the lighter weights, but just like in MMA, people start paying attention once fighters start getting around 140lbs.
     
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    Conor's status with the UFC already shows what you are getting at.

    A better question is whether mma fighters will ever get the status of boxers like Floyd?

    I'd say it would take more momentum in the betting culture of Las Vegas, which seems to build up the fights effectively.

    IMO it has nothing to do with the quality of product, it's more just institutional practice.
     
  16. yookfarb Red Belt

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    I'm talking champions here. Roman Gonzalez, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Shinsuke Yamanaka, Takashi Uchiyama... all of these names are in the Ring top 10 p4p and none of them could sell out a high school gym
     
  17. ZuffaExecutive Red Belt

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    You have Mcgregor and Ronda now,145er and a 135er being the biggest draws in the ufc.

    Its not about size,or skills its about how you market yourself.MM is supremly skilled but no one gives a fuck.If he ran his mouth chael style or conor style it wouldn't matter he was a 125er
     
  18. ZuffaExecutive Red Belt

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    It would take years and would require the ufc to lose its hold on the market place.

    Fact is you cant have superfights with only 1 dominant org who dont like there champions to face off.

    You need an equally big org were both guys are "champions" and running thru everyone to create that buzz for a potential matchup.Once you have the media talking about fights for years,creating that buzz mmas status will be increased
     
  19. cungfu Purple Belt

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    I don't know, do boxing fans call fighters lighter than 155 lbs "manlets" and say that they can beat them since they are much bigger?
     
  20. Bones245n4847 Red Belt

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    Never, mma fans don' give a chit about flyweights.
     

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