A timeline of ufc becoming a sport and then becoming fake.
Ufc is created. Ostensibly it’s human streetfighter II, a world warrior contest to find the greatest martial art and artist. In reality its an open bjj exhibition for Royce and co to publicise the martial art.
The fights are real tho, and quite unpredictable or paralleled. Wrestling and boxing both react in different ways to this new thing.
Mma banned all over the states, boxing on the offensive and the dark ages of cards without ppv.
Mccain attacks mma.
It becomes essential for ufc to establish itself as a legit sport, to counter fake assumptions and to position itself as safe competition. Fair competiton, legit athletes and comprehensive safety rules all allow this to happen.
Whilst great first generation athletes accompany dana on the publicity drive, ufc realizes the key to success is in the wrestler friendly rules and setting and the abundance of local unemployed wrestlers who can thrive in this environment, as champs and fillers.
Pride becomes the worlds number 1 fight league. 90,000 attendances and world wide recognition follow,. In america, ufc is in the dark ages.
Tuf happens against danas wishes. Reality tv and fighting get hitched and new crappy talent and stomp matches are found to show just how good Andersons striking is.
Dana sends chuck to pride, and he gets his **** kicked.
dana buys pride.
Fedor says no. dana is unable to purchase the greatest fighter of all time and decides to attack his name instead. America buys his ****. The rest of the world including brazil laugh their **** off. No one is brazil is gonna diss fedor. Nog is the godfather there and fedor beat him twice clean.
Instead of getting fedor, dana gets to hype lesnar.
Forums expand containing right wing, e bullys and mods who ban dissention or people defending themselves. Ufc shilling hits a new height and press passes are removed from anyone who defies zuffa. Sherdog stands out, but eventually breaks. Mma ug becomes danas little playground.
From clean face drives on fox, dana is now swearing at journos on the web, calling women **** and fighters are getting banned for rape jokes and homophobic bigotry.
Ufc 100 happens. This in many ways is the peak of mma and ufc in north America.
Ufc consolidates the market, by buying up the competition, most notably pride and strikeforce and merging wec into the fold.
Independent journalism of all kinds is shunned in place of walking shills like arial helwani.
Kimbo happens. Ufc rolls over and buys the hype. A new tuf record is set. A new record period in fact, as millions tune in to see a street fighter get schooled in mma.
James toney freak match happens.we finally get to see the worst type of boxer in the worst possible match up as some kind of confirmation that Royce would indeed kick the **** out of Tyson.
Dana goes beyond all logic to boost silva as his p4p excuse for not signing fedor. Fights against various failed lhws happen and then finally Sonnen happens.
ufc stumbles on a guy with more losses than finishes and a big mouth who rapes the sheep for 4 rounds before rolling over and having his belly tickled like the good company man he is.
Sonnen demonstrated you can make more money hyping and losing than winning fitch style. This is exactly how pro wrestling became fake in the first place.
Sonnen gets banned for drugs, prosecuted for illegal activity, and losing the rematch. Only to get a title fight in the division above. He shouted his mouth off, to say hed leave mma forever. Instead here he is, fighting for a title in a division he has zero recent experience in and very little success in.
Champs in stomp matches. Silva v bonnar.
Company men getting title shots they don’t deserve. Kenny florian im talking to you.
Company men all attack fedor, with rogan calling him a myth and goldie talking about hunt dominating him in a fight he was stopped in. guys who aren’t lodged in danas ****, such as cain, simply call him the greatest. Anderson and the Brazilians seem to completely avoid comment, despite danas push for Anderson to be thought of as champion of a relevant division.
Fedor sucks and always sucked as evidenced by controversial stoppages well after his prime and a decade unbeaten by anyone.in a division where one punch can end a fight. Anderson silva lives in the matrix, as evidenced by his performance against tufguy winners and runner ups with zero striking pedigree.
Fox deal happens and the owness on zuffa to deliver entertaining fights hits a new level. Stupid decision after stupid decision leaves zuffa drifting, as injuries and fighter insurance makes the big fights, impossible to depend on.
Fighters coerced not to fight to win. Kongo attacked for winning in the most logically smart way open to him. These attacks are completely extra to the rules and with zero respect for sporting practice, even in a parallel sport like boxing.
Fighters coerced not to fight like a professional. Jones is attacked for hendos mistakes and for treating mma like an actual sport going on parallels with boxing. Guys who wouldn’t even get an audience without jones name on the card, all **** and whine until they find out all amurican dan Henderson was to blame, and then they all stfu.
The fertittas lost a quarter of their fortune.
A new line of attack, targets the culture of ufc itself, homophobic, misogynous, racist, and validated by the forums and targeted by as a perfect sub pube audience by dana. Ufc is marketed at wwe fans.
The American armed forces drops ufc deal.
Ppvs are down and box office draws are retiring and injured with no one to fill their place.
The womens and flys come into the fold. No one realty cares, but dana feeds the midgets to the public and pimps the
living **** out of Honda.
The quest for superfights becomes an excuse for inter divisional squash matches with no competitive merit.
Champ after champ is set up with fights that bear zero relevance to either their weight categories or superfights.
Aldo is on his second. Silva gets bonnar. Jones gets sonnen and Belfort. The bw is drifting with the champ injured. Gsp finally comes back from injury with a very credible win against the number one contender, and then chooses to fight a loser instead of a winner.
Cain wrecked jds in the rematch. Heavyweight once again shows is legitimacy even though its numbers are small. Silva smashes overeem and in one ten second burst drops a bomb in the hen house at 235.
Fitch cut. On the same day as Volkmann. Two guys coming off one loss, as a new precedent is set. Others on 4 losses remain and 60 people ranked beneath fitch keep their job.
Dana now dictates fight styles extra to the rules and punishes people who defy him, with unusual relegations and constructive dismissal.
This is how we got from the necessity of establishing ufc as a legitmate sports league, to hype being sold over substance and the real fighting being influenced by commercial consideration and entertainment imperatives.