QUOTE (AussieLad @ Jun 4 2009, 04:06 AM)
If kimbo is as undeserving as everyone says (and i agree) then whats the big problem with a ratings grab? He will add a bit of colour to the opening episodes, be exposed, and put some other guys name in the publics mind as the guy that destroyed kimbo.
Big deal, smart marketing.
Except that your hardcore purists will see this as Dana White making a mockery of legit MMA. Which, to some extent, I would agree with. It was cool and shit when Pride
(And now Dream
) was doing it, because that shit is acceptable on every level over there.
Jose Canseco fighting Hong-Man Choi? Cool.
Mirko Cro-Cop fighting some mother fucker (Dos Caras Jr.) wearing a lucha-libre mask? Check.
The media there loves that shit, and eats it up.
The U.S. is a different animal altogether. If Dana White is serious about legitimizing the sport (making it bigger internationally than soccer, in his words), then he's gonna have to start looking at making some changes to the way he does business.
1.) Stop the profanity-laced tirades. It was funny at first. But now? Well, how many times has David Stern went off on the media, calling them "fucking faggots" and "retards." Exactly.
2.) Stop stalling fights and title defenses because you need to hype the next season of TUF. That shit is old, let it go. You owe Leben, Griffin, and all the rest of those guys your left nut for what they did for your company. I get it. But who really gives a shit about TUF now?
3.) Stop the freak shows. Brock Lesnar (Cock Chestnar) getting a title-shot so early in his career was enough. Do I really need to see Kimbo "Youtube" Slice challenging for that same title? Really?
Yeah. I know. Kimbo means ratings. So what. When does ratings trump integrity? When it's the UFC
See. That's the problem with Kimbo Slice. No one blames him. He's a cool cat, just riding the wave. Which we'd all do.
It's Dana White. Riding the wave. When he shouldn't.