(We know the feeling, bro.)
It’s been a rough year, Potato Nation. Over the last six months or so, there have been a hell of a lot of days where it seems like there’s absolutely nothing going on in the world of MMA, and we’ve often found ourselves struggling to find news items and discussion topics that are genuinely worth writing about. I can think of several possible explanations for this…
- Some of the greatest fighters in the world have been sidelined due to injuries (see: GSP, Jose Aldo) and steroid suspensions (see: Alistair Overeem, Cris Cyborg).
- Some of the most controversial fighters in the world are on semi-permanent leave. (see: Nick Diaz, Gina Carano, Brock Lesnar).
- Some of the fighters who got you hooked on MMA in the first place have retired. (see: Chuck Liddell, Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Cro Cop, Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture).
- The increased UFC event schedule has made each individual event feel less important, both because there are so many of them now, and because truly “stacked” events are so rare.
- War Machine just hasn’t shared any good stories lately.
- I’ve been writing about this stuff for nearly five years, we’ve already published every single Top Ten list there is to think of, and I’m just burned out on the sport. (Full disclosure: I had my first kid in February, so maybe everything else just seems less interesting in comparison.)
Here’s what I’m wondering: Do you feel like 2012 has been a slow news year for MMA, or is it just me? And if the sport has gotten dull for you this year, why do you think that is? Are any of you more excited now about MMA than you’ve ever been? And if you believe that 2012 has been an off-year in MMA, do you think things will improve next year when everybody’s healthy again (fingers crossed)?
Give me your thoughts in the comments section. Don’t be shy.