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The "call out"

QuickJack2011-02-06 02:16:21 +0000 #1
Hey guys, I just wanted to get your thoughts on the idea of the "call out". Anytime I hear about a fighter saying they'll beat so and so, or they want to fight so and so, I don't know quite what to think. I wonder what % of those "call outs" actually end up happening, and if calling out an opponent has any real effect other than grabbing a headline and/or getting fans to talk about it. Granted, when enough people talk about/want a fight to happen, sometimes promotions give them what they want. But I have a feeling that way more "call outs" happen than are actually followed through on a card. Thoughts anyone?
bhorrrr2011-02-06 02:32:44 +0000 #2
i, personally, don't think a lot of fighters care who they fight next. in post-fight interviews, that used to be the thought the vast majority of the time. it seems to be that in the past year or so, the ufc has been pushing guys really hard backstage to come up with a next opponent to fight. nothing makes a fight easier to sell than if one of the guys was called out by the other. i think the ufc got tired of the "whoever they put in front of me" answer and has been telling people they need to start calling out their next opponent because it's better for business and what's better for business is better for that particular fighter.

also, i don't particularly prefer the call out to "whoever they put in front of me." i like the mild mannered mmartist who just wants to test himself against anyone in the world. i think my attitude comes from having played too much street fighter. you just fight whoever's there until there's no one else there.
labria42011-02-06 02:31:45 +0000 #3
I like the call out as long as it's an elite fighter calling out another one. It says to me that this guy wants to fight the best. I hate when a top tier fighter gives the "whoever they put in front of me" answer. That's an answer for an up and coming fighter.
LordZardoz2011-02-06 03:00:16 +0000 #4
I have a mixed opinion on it.

I agree that it does help sell the fight and makes the matchmaking much easier, so on that basis I have no problem with it. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, and it shows everyone that a given fighter thinks they are ready to advance a step up in competition. It also lets the fighters call out those they have a grudge with.

I also think that there are a number of potential issues with having one fighter call out another.

- Some fighters are going to call out an opponent based on who they think they can beat. A veteran who is coming back after a long layoff is going to get called on by everyone.

- Matchmaking of this sort puts a huge focus on the top tier fighters, and makes it more difficult for prospective fighters to develop organically.

- Some fights end up in scheduling hell, so it can create a backlog.

- No one ever calls out fighters like Yushin Okami or Fitch; Effective fighters who are not exactly exciting and have a tendency to make their opponents look bad.

- If you call someone out and you get your ass handed to you, it is a much bigger setback, so it can backfire.

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fightfan802011-02-06 02:37:56 +0000 #5
To me the call out is lame. But forced feuds sell ppvs, so the call out remains a staple of the mma landscape.

Everybody's calling out everybody these days... lost its luster a long, long, long time ago IMO.

Then again, people have a tendency to sensationalize any talk of one fighter against another (even in response to a direct question) as calling people out.

So to recap: Actually calling somebody out = lame. Answering a question someone asked about someone else= meh.
Achillles412011-02-06 02:52:21 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by fightfan80

To me the call out is lame. But forced feuds sell ppvs, so the call out remains a staple of the mma landscape.

Everybody's calling out everybody these days... lost its luster a long, long, long time ago IMO.

Then again, people have a tendency to sensationalize any talk of one fighter against another (even in response to a direct question) as calling people out.

So to recap: Actually calling somebody out = lame. Answering a question someone asked about someone else= meh.

While agree that if a guy has an attitude and is calling a guy out because he wants to hype the fight and make a thing out of it then its lame. But I don't think it isn't lame or meh for a guy to answer the question honestly. If Rogan says "hey buddy, who you want next?", then I kinda like to see who the guy says.

It can give some insight not just into where the fighter sees himself, but where the organization sees him in relation to his competition.

If a guy says I'd like to fight X and the UFC doesn't match him up with X then the discrepancy gives people something to talk about.

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