UnderGround Forums Fighters you used to dislike but grew to enjoy?

8/23/14 2:51 AM
10/20/10
Posts: 977
I used to hate GSP and love Matt Hughes, but then when I saw Matt bullying him like they were in junior high (before their second fight) and started to see that GSP was a genuinely nice guy that switched for me. I then started to dislike Hughes and root for GSP.

I hated Tito until season 3 of TUF when I realized how good of a coach he was and that he really cared.

What you say UG, any fighters grow on you?
8/23/14 3:02 AM
10/20/10
Posts: 978
Gulping the LayNBaderade - Machida, when he was undefeated I just wanted to see him lose. that and seeing Shogun get screwed over in their first fight made me want to see Machida get starched. that is why the second fight was the most ecstatic I've ever been in a fight.

Same here, I couldn't stand Machida. Dude is a beast though and I enjoy a lot now.
8/23/14 3:05 AM
6/16/07
Posts: 19407
Jamie Varner, seemed to have quite the high opinion of himself before he left the big leagues the first time, he's shown a lot of heart since he's come back though.
Kj Noons, Diaz trash talking after their first fight, but he took his beating well in the rematch and seems to be much politer now.
Danny Castillo I used to lose all the time picking against him in a fantasy league because he wears that silly headband all the time, eventually I came to realize he's pretty good.
8/23/14 3:09 AM
3/14/10
Posts: 2479
Matt Hughes has been a roller coaster.

Hated him at first, too cocky.

Liked him after he slammed trigg after the nut shot.

Hated him again after TUF when he was bullying GSP.

Liked him again when he and BJ seemed to bond after their fights.

8/23/14 3:24 AM
10/20/10
Posts: 979
Captain Kook - Matt Hughes has been a roller coaster.

Hated him at first, too cocky.

Liked him after he slammed trigg after the nut shot.

Hated him again after TUF when he was bullying GSP.

Liked him again when he and BJ seemed to bond after their fights.


Similar story here, except I liked him at first

Hated him after bullying GSP

then liked him again when he and BJ bonded and he went on that streak against Serra, Almeida and Renzo
8/23/14 3:25 AM
10/20/10
Posts: 980
I LOVE DIAZ (no homo) - Jamie Varner, seemed to have quite the high opinion of himself before he left the big leagues the first time, he's shown a lot of heart since he's come back though.
Kj Noons, Diaz trash talking after their first fight, but he took his beating well in the rematch and seems to be much politer now.
Danny Castillo I used to lose all the time picking against him in a fantasy league because he wears that silly headband all the time, eventually I came to realize he's pretty good.

Always like Danny because we're both from Sac. I used to see him on the American River Bike Trail all the time.
8/23/14 3:43 AM
7/21/10
Posts: 179
Ben Askren - not a fan of wrestlers with no sub skills or g n p. but Askren is always moving and going for it. He's developing the subs and only getting better. Phone Post 3.0
8/23/14 3:52 AM
1/22/05
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Chael Phone Post 3.0
8/23/14 4:09 AM
5/12/10
Posts: 17736
Cain

Rumble Phone Post 3.0
8/23/14 4:10 AM
2/1/12
Posts: 8307
Bisping Phone Post 3.0
8/23/14 4:15 AM
6/10/14
Posts: 491
DcupNIPs - Bisping Phone Post 3.0
THIS.

Used to hate him and his whiney accent and loved the hendo bombs but slowly warmed up to his trash talk. Always makes me tune in. Phone Post 3.0
8/23/14 4:28 AM
8/4/08
Posts: 18960
Josh Thomson

I disliked him before the Yves fight.
A year later at the Sugie fight in Bushido, he had me screaming at Sugie's shameful, Bushido-less performance.

Been a fan ever since, and he's one of the nicest, genuine, and down to earth fighters I've ever met.
8/23/14 4:31 AM
1/1/01
Posts: 7829
Gulping the LayNBaderade - Machida, when he was undefeated I just wanted to see him lose. that and seeing Shogun get screwed over in their first fight made me want to see Machida get starched. that is why the second fight was the most ecstatic I've ever been in a fight.
You watched it with the sound on Phone Post
8/23/14 4:42 AM
4/22/07
Posts: 30250
Koscheck.

Couldn't stand him at first, but the grit he showed on short notice against Thiago Alves made me a fan. asshole or not, that is a tough mofo
8/23/14 4:51 AM
1/1/01
Posts: 41
Chael, Tito, Koscheck.

I'll probably be in the minority here but I hated Wanderlei for a while. I was a huge Quinton Jackson fan and hated seeing Silva put the hurt on him.
8/23/14 5:00 AM
5/31/07
Posts: 6383
I was a Chuck hater until I read his book and understood him more.
8/23/14 5:15 AM
7/28/03
Posts: 2969
First and foremost Royce gracie. I watched the first ufc hoping he would get smashed and all the others hoping he would get smashed. It wasn't until several years later that I realized what a dumb ass I was. Robbie lawler too. I was happy he got koed by nick diaz but these days I love Robbie. Phone Post 3.0
8/23/14 5:35 AM
8/31/13
Posts: 1587
GSP, use to hate the way he fights. But now that he's gone all I think is "what if". Phone Post 3.0
8/23/14 6:10 AM
7/24/09
Posts: 3180
Any fighter that loses then comes out with the 90% fighters on PEDs bullshit.

Use to hate chael for simply disrespecting a lot of old school legends but seeing the out come of his fights and how big he sold them, the guys a genius.
Same with McGregor Phone Post 3.0
8/23/14 6:35 AM
8/19/14
Posts: 34
I used to hate cowboy up until a year and a half ago but i can't remember why Phone Post 3.0
8/23/14 7:38 AM
1/1/01
Posts: 4520
Randy, Hughes, Mir, Sonnen.
I will NEVER like Bones though... Phone Post 3.0
8/23/14 8:07 AM
3/25/13
Posts: 0
Mayhem when he did the TUF thing.
8/23/14 8:08 AM
9/1/11
Posts: 6409
Dodson and his grin.
8/23/14 8:25 AM
6/10/14
Posts: 494
stonepony - Dodson and his grin.
I still hate that Phone Post 3.0
8/23/14 4:53 PM
10/20/10
Posts: 985
Mighty Mouse, can't remember why I disliked, maybe because he beat Benavidez (one of my favorites) for the title.

He won me over thought with Moraga finish with seconds left and the even the KO of Benavidez in their second fight, which pissed me off at first but I appreciated how beautiful it was after the fact.