Reflecting on UFC 104's Lyoto Machida vs Shogun Rua: Are MMA Snobs Just as Bad as the Meatheads?

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DC radio personality Chad Dukes, a friend of MMA but admittedly not a hardcore, has some harsh words for the self-appointed elite fans of the sport regarding Saturday's controversial decision:

Uninformed MMA fans are some of the worst people on the planet. These are jerkoffs drawn to the raw violence of the sport, do not appreciate its complex nature, and do everything to ruin it for everyone else around them These are people that scream "...get him in the headlock!" or better yet "...rip his arm off and beat him with it!" Both of those I heard at the last UWC fight at the Patriot center. These are the homo habilis, drunken baffoons that file into every hooters one Saturday a month in their Beatdown shirts to ruin it for everyone.

Those people annoy me, but I wear no a white wig and hold no gavel here. I know people watch NASCAR for the crashes, hockey for the fights and MMA for the blood. I'm not judging those people. I am just acknowledging they exist to set up my next point. The MMA elitists are almost as bad for the sport as the aforementioned meatheads. These are bloggers, message board nerds and their ilk that let their narcissism blind them in their support for the UFC and mixed martial arts. The first group of assholes discussed in this post are a necessary evil for this sport. It's means the sport is growing and becoming more popular. Not all of these Affliction T-shirt wearing douches stays a douche. They learn the sport the more they watch, they appreciate the sport the more they watch and they become living, breathing, walking soundboards for the sport. They start telling their friends about it, and their friends, and their friends. That's growth, people. That's the goal of any business.

Some of snooty blogging sect doesn't want that. For one reason or another they feel reluctant to expansion. To the point where they use their power of the public forum to not only speak down to fans that they deem "unworthy," but they actually endorse shitty decisions like the one we saw last night. How, do you ask? I'd be MORE than happy to tell you.

We ALL know Shogun won the fight last night. He was more aggressive, did more damage and executed the perfect game plan against MMA's great enigma: Lyoto Machida. For Rua's efforts he was handed a unanimous decision for the other guy. That was crime in itself. The bigger crime was the passive aggressive defense of the judges cards by the blogs that cover the sport. The terms "truly beat the champion" and "don't let it go to the cards" are flying around the internet. BULL SHIT. Then why have judges at all. Let the challenger know that if he doesn't knock out or sub the champion in the allotted time, he loses. I don't by that shit for a minute.

It is my personal opinion that some, and even most MMA bloggers are obsessed with being contrarian when it comes to the meathead MMA fans. These meatheads are the bane of the existance of the bloggers and it affects their opinions and coverage.

I think there is some truth to this argument, even if he didn't name any names or refute any specific points.

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