I thought Luis Collazo posted here for a bit. Maybe it was an imposter, I dunno.
LOL. Who would claim to be Louie Collazo who wasn't. Ya know?
Max had what's his name...uhhh....Nate Campbell posting prior to his fight with Diaz. That's pretty cool that he was up in there talking his talk and then went out and got it done. Takes balls to lower yourself (not in a snobby way) down to the level of the fan, put yourself on equal ground (a public forum) where you can converse, they can criticize or freely speak their mind, respectfully disagree, and then to go out and prove the guys wrong, come back, and keep it all sportsman like. While I liked Juan Diaz, I was happy for Nate. I remember being in a few of his training sessions years ago when he would work with John David Jackson over at McGirt's gym in Vero Beach FL.
I mean, on the message boards, you're just another guy in 'gen pop'. No chat moderator to weed out inappropriate questions/comments. No Handlers to field phone calls and inquiries from media. No promotors or managers to step in to answer tough questions for you on the dais. I think it's pretty cool that guys do it...and even cooler when it works out. I know Cintron's ex-guys used to come on to the boards, and I actually started shooting the shit privately with one of his trainers/conditioners, who I actually wound up speaking to on the phone about working out and shit. Dude let me pick his brain about my training regimen and what not, and he sure as hell didn't have to do that.
Anyway, the posting thing didn't really work out to well with Ishe, man, as cats chased him from message board to message board. I think you gotta kinda do something first or prove yourself somehow for people on the forum level to kind of take you in and treat you respectfully. I mean, with Ishe, who I don't know personally and have nothing against personally, there was kinda that 'diva-ish' heir about him from The Contender. I mean, we all don't know how much of that is edited to fit a preconceived story line, but they didn't do the best job of portraying Ishe, and then his whiney shit after. I mean, the guy never fights yet he's always complaining about shit on the boards...and it's kinda like, as Warlord said, "man don't come in here bitching. Go fucking fight for christ's sake, and don't come back until ya do something. In the meantime, we're gonna talk about ya".
I don't know, I didn't have a chance to read the Nate Campbell thread, but I knew about it through covnersations with Steve Kim. Having not read it, maybe I am misinformed. Maybe he did get ridden. The artist formerly known as Pickledeggssays, who has since entered the witness protection program after RJ got KTFO, and has come back as Spontaneousfury (or vice versa), I believe, may have challenged Nate's chances, but not sure if he went below the belt with it all.
Anyway, would it be cool if a lot more actual players in the sport actively posted? Yes. Do I understand why they don't? Absolutely.