I attended “UFC on FX 2” at Sydney on Saturday, and what a delightful time it was. One thing I’ve noticed about Australian crowds at UFC events (rather than smaller local MMA events) is the reaction to a perceived ‘boring’ fight.
Rather than start booing (in fact booing is almost totally reserved for judges and never used for fighters) members of the crowd will start ‘taking the piss’ – yelling out jokes about the dull fight and the fighters themselves. The longer the fight is seen as boring the quicker and nastier the jokes become.
This was most evident in the Court McGee vs. Constantinos Philippou fight. Round one was all generic jokes about the slow fight. By round three it had grown to jokes about Court McGee’s drug history and resemblance to a Muslim/Osama bin Laden (extremely sad to hear).
I’ve never been to a UFC event in America and am curious as to what it’s like in the crowd during an event, and during a ‘dull’ fight particularly. From the broadcast it’s clear the crowd will boo a fight, but is that the first reaction, or is there a similar reaction to the Australian crowd first?
I’d be interested to hear any other observations and experiences from being in the crowd at a UFC event in America, UK, Brazil, wherever.