Member Since: 2/3/11
Wow. Is anybody interested at all in the States ? I'm Canadian, and true, blue combat sports fan. A big GSP fan ( Although I really don't think he is as great as everyone thinks ). I really don't think much of this fight. Mind you I've lost a lot of interest in the UFC. One, it won't do anything for, or against GSP's legacy. If Condit wins, he will quickly be beaten by someone else, and will not have any legacy. End of that story. I just think in time GSP will retire, and will eventually slip down and out of discussions for all time greats. He was a good all around fighter, a prototype, but just that finishing power was not there, and as in boxing you must have that, ala Mike Tyson. If not, you better better have some flash like Hector Camacho or Floyd Mayweather. Now, the card will do well. It has to!. It's Canadian !, and Canadians love blood and violence. They will significantly boost the PPVs. The thing is, what is the damage done to the UFC ? What is the cause of fan turn-off. Tonight may not show the answers, but, it might. If Canadians turn away in droves, and they are your staunchest fan-base, you're in some kind of trouble. Not fatal mind you, just a downturn. Will that mean anything ? Probably not. It's a business. You get dips, and booms, and busts. Boxing has had many over its first 130 years. What you end up is the plateau of interest, then you gauge where your at as a business, and move from there. MMA has to change if they are to make significant dollars down the road. Far too many fights on TV, Old, New, recent, and very old fights being broadcast. Fans are turning away in droves, matches not getting made has turned off many others. The recent run of fun fights, and main cards with what, to the guy on the street, are no-names headlining cards is turning people away in droves. The UFC will survive. It is legit, its just how, what are we going to see down the road ? That's exciting. When Boxing had a downturn during the ealy part of the century, and the first world war, Dempsey, and Tunney came along to save the sport. During the great depression, a plethora of all time greats showed up to save the sport Billy Conn, Joe Louis, Ezzard Charles, Henry Armstrong, many others. Then the Mob showed up to take the lustre away, only to have Ray Robinson, Carmen Basilio, Jake Lamotta, Rocky Graziano, etc come along and generate piqued interest in the sport of boxing. A yound guy named Cassius Clay came along and shot the boxing world into the golden era of the heavyweights with George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Busther Mathis, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers. During that era some little guys by the name of Roberto Duran and Ray Leonard in the lightweights and welters, among others , Carlos Monzon in the Middleweights, Bob Foster in the light Heavies ruled. Many others. That gave way to closed circuit, and eventually PPV in the eighties in what I think was the golden age of boxing.. the eighties. Tyson ruled the heavies. Hagler, Leonard, Duran, and Tommy the Hitman Hearns were the main attractions. There were many greats that came along during this time like Hector Camacho, Bazooka Limon, Pazienza, and the Viruet brothers which was unfortunate for them. However, long story short, Boxing always survives, and sometimes thrives. How will MMA respond to this slide ? We won't know til the slide stops. First where we are, and where we are heading. Case in point. In what is headed now to the first 10 years of Boxing,s present demise there is stil big fights, and successful cards everywhere, the world over. It is on TV everywhere and thrives underneath in some way, shape of form. Tonight GSP's card will not show how far down the world of MMA has come down, but, it could be a little bit of an indicator. I don't know most of the guys on the card, but, might watch the main event. I don't need to waste any more time than that.