16 Sep 2009 11:40:51 AM
If there’s one thing we’ve learned during our travels through this crazy world of mixed martial arts, it’s that you are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. There are only a few different types of MMA fans, and they tend to gravitate towards certain fighters. For example, let’s say your favorite fighter is…
(That’s you on the left.)
You are without a doubt the hippest dude you know. You were the first to start wearing skinny jeans and also the first to stop, proving your bona fides as a trendsetter. You like to think that you appreciate the finer elements of striking technique more than most MMA fans, but really you just parrot things Joe Rogan has said (“ballet of violence”) while listing off all the ways that Silva is like a modern-day Bruce Lee. You sometimes wear glasses you don’t really need and you pretend to like jazz. You think of yourself as a good dancer.
Your favorite fight: Silva vs. Rich Franklin I
You’ve been watching MMA for years, and it’s important to you that people know that. You have an extensive collection of ironic t-shirts and Pride DVD’s. You work in the IT department of a moderately-sized company, where you used to feel bad for the people who pester you for help all day because, honestly, how did anyone even get that clueless? Now you despise them and don’t go to very much trouble to hide it. You are probably overweight, but you’re quick to tell people that it doesn’t necessarily mean you are out of shape or aren’t a good athlete. You don’t date much but there’s this girl in Illinois who you have a thing with over the internet, which you refer to as ‘the web.’ Someone in a bar once asked you if you thought Fedor would stand a chance against Brock Lesnar. You laughed out loud. Okay, so they were talking to someone else and you overheard them, and when they noticed you laughing you pretended to be coughing, but still. The ignorance of some people.
Your favorite fight: Fedor vs. Mirko Filipovic