Kenny Florian analyzes the hometown (dis)advantage


Former UFC middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, and featherweight fighter Kenny Florian has a new weekly column for FOX sports, and today he examines the home court advantage.

While the homecourt advantage is a fact in football, baseball, basketball, etc, as Florian knowns intimately, in MMA things are a little bit different.

The field of play is always the same - the Octagon never changes - but there are a number of plusses to fighting at home, as Florian so ably points out:
•It is motivating to hear the thunderous roar of a hometown crowd, and the judges and refs hear it, too.
•Time zone.
•Eating the food that you are most accustomed to, having family and friends for support, and not having to fly several hours.

There are however minuses as well:
•Friends and family will contact you, constantly asking how you are feeling and how training camp is going. They also ask for more tickets than you have at your disposal.
•Hometown media outlet obligation.

The coming weeks will see the hometown advantage/disadvantage put to the test:
•Anthony Pettis will be in his hometown of Milwaukee challenging Benson Henderson on Aug. 31 to defend his lightweight UFC belt.
•Demian Maia will be fighting Jake Shields in his home country of Brazil in October.
•A couple weeks later, Michael Bisping will be fighting in his home country of England against an American, Mark Munoz.

Read entire article...

So what do you think UG? Did you ever think of hometown disadvantages? And how do you think Pettis, Maia, and Bisping will do? Remember, Bisping has never lost in the UK...


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camozzi site profile image  

8/26/13 10:49 PM by camozzi

Kenny makes good points.I think it depends on the fighter. I personally like both.When I go to someone else's hometown/country I don't feel any pressure because they expect you to lose. No one is there cheering for me and boo's just hype me up more. Having the crowd against me just motivates me to beat the guy and see everyone's disappointment .I haven't fought in Colorado forever but I used to have a ton of people that would come out and cheer for me. I felt comfortable at home and as said above, I knew where to get food I needed, saunas and anything else. Both have their advantages for me but some people are different

YHTOMIT2001 site profile image  

8/26/13 10:37 PM by YHTOMIT2001

First time i fought at home was my 7th pro fight. Never been so nervous in my life. It was easier to go to someone else's hometown. No pressure. Main event at home though? That was rough. Doesn't affect me now though.

HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe site profile image  

8/26/13 10:32 PM by HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe

What's weird about bendo v pettis being in Milwaukee,.is that the 1st fight was in phoenix, Benson's hometown.

sycotik site profile image  

8/26/13 9:04 PM by sycotik

Ttt for truth...

cheesesteak site profile image  

8/26/13 5:00 PM by cheesesteak

It never seems to be a disadvantage with GSP. As the crowd roar OLLLLLLAYYY OLLLLLLLAAAAAAY OLAY OLAAYYYYYY!!!! While he dry humps his opponents into Bolvia

xaeo site profile image  

8/26/13 2:44 PM by xaeo

Lauzon looked like he was gonna have a heart attack before his fight, I think hometown pressure is a con for some. Pettis, Maia, and Bisping, I don't see having a problem though.

Card site profile image  

8/26/13 2:32 PM by Card

Hometown judges

sycotik site profile image  

8/26/13 2:29 PM by sycotik

Kenny makes some good points in the article. Never thought about hometown interviews for local media.

kyle223 site profile image  

8/26/13 2:14 PM by kyle223

An important negative that you missed (not fighting at home) is toxic air on the plane, IMO.