Paid Members wandshogun09 Posted May 2 Paid Members Share Posted May 2 2 hours ago, WeeAl said: However if they were wanting to shift tickets, you can bet your ass the cards would look different. Yep. You only have to look at the state of that Song vs Simon card at the Apex the other night, or the Pennington vs Aldana one coming up. Then look at the upcoming Rozenstruik vs Almeida card which will be in Charlotte in front of fans. It’s not loaded up but it’s noticeably better than the Apex ones. Nobody’s even saying they’re expecting stacked Fight Nights, and I get the reasons why they’re doing it. But like you say, why would you wanna put out a shitty product at all? They might be making money on those shows but are they doing more harm than good long term when it comes to fan interest? Shit, just looking at examples I know about, my brother used to watch all the UFCs. PPVs, Fight Nights, TUF, the lot. Since the schedules went into overdrive he’s gradually lost interest and it’s not like he’s only skipping the Apex stuff, he’s got to the point now where it’s literally only certain PPVs he’ll dip in for. My sister’s the same. She was as big a fight nerd as me and something’s killed her love for it. Couple of mates who watched regularly and actually came to a few UFCs with me years ago have gone the same way. Granted we’ve all got older and got more responsibilities now but they were massive fans at one time. I’m not just talking casuals here. My sister used to always be chasing me up to see if I had the latest WEC or Strikeforce etc. Mates were always messaging fight news and rumours etc. Now it’s literally fuck all. And I still see them all the time. It’s almost like when everyone at school seemed to just stop watching WWF overnight in 1994/95. Except we can’t blame Mantaur and Duke The Dumpster for this. These days it’ll just be the occasional “any UFC on this week?” I’ll tell them and 9/10 times the conversation lasts 30 seconds. Last time I remember real enthusiasm from them was 285 in March with Jon Jones coming back. And the London card to a lesser extent. But not one of them took any notice of 287 and that was a really strong card. It’s like they’ve just had their love for this shit killed off. The thing I’ve noticed that all these have in common is they all started slowly losing interest around 2014/15 when they started putting on cards every week, then their interest really seemed to plummet after COVID when the Apex cards were introduced. Long winded but I guess what I’m getting at is, if there are 4 or 5 examples just in my circle who have fallen out of love with MMA, and the UFC in particular, they’re not gonna be the only ones. Fuck, even I mostly skipped the Song vs Simon card and I’m so balls deep in this stuff I’m doing lengthy previews for Pennington vs Aldana headliners and all sorts 🤣 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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