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What UFC Fans can Learn from Anthony "Rumble" Johnson

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via cdn2.sbnation.com

UFC welterweight Rumble Johnson, immediately after fighting someone whose striking didn't concern him.

Those of you that stick exclusively to SBN sites for your MMA news, we thank you for your fealty - and wish to inform you that you are ridiculously spoiled when it comes to the comments you read on our sites.  I started as a lowly BE commenter back in 2008 while at an insanely boring job at a conference call center that ran calls for Goldman Sachs, IBM, Citigroup and my beloved UFC.  The moderators there are harsh dicta... I mean, reasonable and civil people that have done a fantastic job in establishing and defining their community.  Here at HKL, you get a little more leeway (unless you decide to, say, link to my Facebook page and put words in my mouth even after being corrected), and I'm pretty sure you can kill a guy over at MMAMania as long as you don't bring race into it, but even there, the quality of dialogue and thought is far, far better than the old-timey MMA websites.

Don't believe me?  I'm not even going to make a Sherdog joke here - rather, I direct you to MMAJunkie.com: provider of breaking MMA news and a breathtakingly awful comments section.  The "Sunday Junkie", a rather admirable repository of submissions from the readers, represents an exception to the rule that Junkie comment sections are riddled with fallacious logic, PRIDEneverdieitis (I'm lobbying for this to be recognized as an actual disease) and constant kvetching about "lay and prayers" ruining the sport.  Names like "REALFIGHTERFAN" (as opposed to those of us who root for non-fighters in fights... wait, that doesn't make any sense!) post without ridicule.  I've always been of the mindset that money is equally green, regardless of whether it's held by a moron or a genius, and there are more morons than geniuses out there - but I have to object when their stupid, shortsighted, selfish, stunted perspectives seek to punish fighters for doing their job.

(In case you're curious: a professional mixed martial artist's job is not to entertain you.  It is to defeat his/her opponent, stay healthy, make weight and test clean.  Wide receivers catch footballs, second basemen turn double plays, and fighters strive to defeat whomever is opposite them on any given night.  Any entertainment you glean from it is, for lack of a better word, incidental.)

After the jump, quotes from an actual fighter that does actual fighting for a living, a smattering of whiny reactions to them, and the danger of placating those voices for both the fighters and the sport as a whole.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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