From being a devoted follower of Bloody Elbow over the past year, I’ve noticed something markedly different about “hardcore” MMA fans that separates them from devotees of other sports: they certainly are a volatile bunch. Bring up Fedor or M-1, the sides dig in their trenches and start launching mustard gas at each other. Brock Lesnar comes up, you better have a flak jacket. And as demonstrated most recently, the upswings or downswings of UFC business rattle the very foundations of the Internet.
I just don’t understand this last one. Why do people get outraged when Kid Nate points out trending data and offers his opinion on UFC pay-per-view performance? I get disagreeing with him, but some people get genuinely pissed off! And sure, Nate might twist a headline to bump page-hits up a bit, but the headline is merely a title. He’s never written an article (that I’ve read) that has declared, “The UFC will be dead by the end of the year.” But from some of the responses to his articles you’d think he was trying to convince people that Dana White was purposefully ruining the lives of the entire roster.
It’s one thing to debate opinions, but some people want to debate facts, too! As much idiocy as there is on the Atlanta-Journal Constitution website, I’ve never read people slamming Mark Bradley for saying that attendance at Braves games is down. It’s just so strange for people to get defensive over a business they neither work for nor have stock invested in.
BREAKING NEWS: Wait... wait... I'm all wrong. New information has come to light that Kid Nate shot JFK, introduced John Lennon to Yoko Ono, and cancelled Arrested Development. Do with him what you like.