I am expecting a good amount of backlash from this fanpost in the sense of, "Well every man has to put food on the table," and "how can you judge someone for trying to provide his family with a better life?" I understand that one way or another that everyone has to make a living and trying to put bread on the table is not an easy job, but I am sick and tired of hearing of fighters like Rampage Jackson, King Mo, Henderson, etc bitching about how they don't make enough money. They make in one fight more than most people make in a year and yet they still feel the need to whine and moan about how unfair their situation is and how they are just looking for "money fights." Cue violin music.
What happened to the old days when fights weren't based solely on money but pride and honor? Sure, MMA wasn't as recognized or respected as it is today (and yet it still has a long way to go) but what happened to the warrior mentality? Kill or be killed? Knock out or be knocked out? Submit or be submitted? From what I've seen, this all has turned into more of a publicity stunt with people like King Mo walking out with a crown and and a girl holding an umbrella over his head. Really? I've read his interviews, I've heard his audio, he's a smart guy despite his ebonics 101 lesson. He puts on a persona though simply to sell his image.
People may like the hype, they may like the image. I for one am tired of people fighting at "money weight" or fighting just because they're good at it. Fine, someone like Jackson may be good but I wish more fighters actually had a love for the sport rather than join it simply because they were good at it.