Monday, October 4, 2010
Premature Deification: A (short) cautionary tale
It happens at least once a month. An up and coming fighter or a “reborn” veteran pulls off an exciting KO or crazy submission and the online MMA Community goes nuts. Talks of being a contender fill message boards and comment sections. The hype machine builds them up as a “KO Artist” or a “Submission Master” before their next fight. Then the unthinkable happens…. they lose. Usually in a way that makes us fans complete disown them.
Take Todd Duffee for example, one of the UFC’s latest cast-offs. He made his debut with an outlandishly fast KO at UFC 102. That performance coupled with his chiseled physique [PAUSE] garnered him a huge wave of hype. Then he fought Mike Russow, who was supposed to lose, and got KTFO’d. Sure, he beat the piss out of Russow for nearly 3 rounds, but that means nothing to the ravenous MMA Fan. Getting KO'd means that you have a glass chin and need to retire. The next day he was thrown out like 3 week old Chinese Food by the online MMA community. All of a sudden he was overrated and his 1st win was a fluke. But wait...wasn't this the man that was supposed to be the next BROCKLESNAR?
The same thing has happened countless times in MMA. Brandon Vera, Houston Alexander, Marius Žaromskis, et cetera et cetera. What's the moral of the story? Don't deify a fighter after one or two exciting performances, because anything can happen in MMA.