Dodson: Why don't haters step in the cage


Fans booing at a sporting event is nothing new, and the general consensus is that if you plunk down your hard earned money to pay for a ticket then you have carte blanche to cheer if you want to cheer, or boo if you want to boo.

Dodson doesn’t necessarily disagree in some instances, but when name calling and cursing starts happening, he wonders why there is so much venom being thrown towards the fighters who are doing something the fan wasn’t willing to do.

“For all those fans that are going to sit there and call a fighter a (expletive), tell someone that they suck, tell them they don’t know how to fight, tell them they’ve got no heart, I’d like for you guys to go ahead and go out there and do it,” said Dodson.

“You guys want to judge us and be critics of it, but yet none of you guys are doing it. This is what our lives and our dream is, and yet you guys are sitting there being like the outside viewers looking in. Like we’re giving it our all and you guys are like ‘this sucks, you guys are horrible.’"

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NotImpressedByYourScreenName site profile image  

10/11/12 2:59 PM by NotImpressedByYourScreenName

I wouldn't yell pussy at any sporting event but I will speak my mind on a public forum - that's the difference, not because I feel safe but because this is the correct FORUM for such discussion and opinions. At a live event where the circus midget is competing is not IMO making it disrespectful.In all seriousness if I wanted to say what I said to Dodsons face why would I be scared to do it? What's he going to do - blow me?

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10/11/12 2:09 PM by Zed Wayne Zed

Amen.I was at 152 and was really pissed at the assholes booing MM and JB. First off, made my city look bad, and was also incredibly disrespectful to the fighters.The sad reality is that MMA will always attract those types, always.They are like this wherever they go.Grocery store? Disgusting.School? Assholes.Their kids? On the way to being like Dad.It will always be the reason why people will be hesitant to openly admit they love MMA, because you'll get grouped into a box with these troglodytes.Hopefully, they are, at minimum, guilted into at least keeping their constant-open-mouth-breathin' wordholes shut when they leave the homestead.

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10/11/12 2:05 PM by mikerobmma

Sonic boom!But yeah, paragraphs please.

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10/11/12 2:01 PM by caseharts

I agree with Dodson. Don't boo. This isn't the nfl. This isn't soccer this is a lot more intense and personal. Anyone whose competed alone knows this. You have a right to criticize but he has a right to call you out. Walk a day in a mans shoes than talk. It's entertainment but more so an art.While I appreciate foobs growing the sport. Educate yourself.

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10/11/12 1:52 PM by BIGFOOTinMyMouth

Dodson should hang out with Jon Jones. That would save people having to boo twice.

drewb75 site profile image  

10/11/12 12:58 PM by drewb75

I said this back in '01 or '02 and it still holds true:Imagine if MMA ever hits the level of NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL. These guys will be burning up suicide hotlines. Imagine 24 hour sports talk radio, nation wide, bagging on them. What would they do when the microscope Sanchez, A-Rod, Artest, Crosby have on them, is on fighters? Then when you consider the small amount of fighters in the UFC, the A level, the amount of drug/steroid use, they want none of the spotlight.

GriffinQ site profile image  

10/11/12 10:38 AM by GriffinQ

How has no one brought attention to the fact that this dude said Serra wouldn't be fun to hang out with and doesn't have morals....

tbi0904 site profile image  

10/11/12 10:20 AM by tbi0904

See, that's exactly the point. Why get so personal? Do you always conduct yourself like a child or only when you can get away with it? It's a valid point to say that while shouting "pussy" at a pro fighter is dumb fighters should have thicker skin. Pro athletes in other sports put up with a lot more douchebaggery. Your problem is because you're safe behind your computer (or phone) you feel the need to puff your chest out and resort to blatant fighter bashing. None of your insults were necessary.

Lasko site profile image  

10/11/12 10:12 AM by Lasko

I fully expect to get some down votes for this but let's get one thing straight here, fighters aren't fighting for our entertainment, they're fighting to earn an income. The more entertaining the fighter the more the fans want to watch the fighter and the more ppv buys he is able to generate which leads to greater earning potential. To say that a fighter fights just for our entertainment is just false. To say "why don't you get in the cage then" is not a valid argument. No one is saying they can do his job better than him(and if they are they're retarded), they're saying he's boring. Keep in mind that saying "this guy sucks" from the just bleed crowd is the same thing as saying a fighter is boring from a person with normal intelligence. For the record I think the crowd was yelling "booo-urns".

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10/11/12 9:59 AM by Saltyballs