Something has been bothering me in the last week of my treks between here and Sherdog. There is an alarming number of people who are happy that Anthony Pettis lost to Clay Guida. These aren't people who are simply Guida fans, that would be understandable' these are people who are just happy to see the "hype train derailed." I find that completely illogical.
Anthony Pettis is the kind of fighter that makes me love MMA. I became a fan of his back before his Shane Roller fight when he was starting to get hyped as the LW Jon Jones. I was, and is, a big fan of Jon Jones. I rode Jones' hype train all the way to a title victory and I couldn't be happier that he's the LHW champion. The reason is because every time he has a fight it's entertaining. Not that Shogun was boring, but an exciting fighter becoming the champion is a great thing. I watch MMA simply because I like to see people do cool stuff in fights. Before people accuse me of being a "just bleed" guy that's not it. I even like high level grappling matches. Hell, I start yelling at the TV when Rodger Gracie, Jacare, or Damien Maia are using their stand up against someone and turning the fight into a terrible kick boxing match.
The same thing applies to Pettis. I would have LOVED for him to beat Guida and the winner of Maynard/Edgar. Every time Pettis fights he at least TRIES to land something awesome. So how could you root against someone like that? The MMA community should be unanimous in disappointment that he lost. Especially since the guys who seem to be the top two LWs aren't people who generally finish or even put on good fights.
That's why I can't even use the "haters gonna hate" defense with this for people who are happy he lost. This is like being happy that your rich friend, who you're jealous of, got cut off by his Dad right before he was going to give you $10K. Pettis' fall down the ladder has no positives for MMA fans.
I do recognize that these people seem to be in the minority, but I'm confused as why they even exist.