U-S-A and the Mount Rushmore of Silly Things MMA Fans Scream During Events
"GET IN THE HOLE!"
As long as the Miller Lited denizens of PGA tournament galleries continue to voice their favored refrain, every other stupid fan phrase will find itself jockeying for second.
To draw another sports analogy, "GET IN THE HOLE" is like the practice of drafting in NASCAR, whereby one car intentionally tailgates another to reduce wind drag and improve fuel efficiency. All other dumb sports phrases are drafting behind "GET IN THE HOLE."
Forewarned is forearmed. Take a look at the four biggest offenders and prepare yourself for what may lie in store for you.
"YOU DA MAN, TIGER!"
I know, I know. I must be a Socialist. Or a self-hating American. Why don't I just move to Canada where whining is more acceptable? Yeah, yeah.
Hey, I've done the chant plenty of times. I know it feels good to do it and to hiss at any detractors. But come on now. This isn't Rocky IV. And Randy Couture never fought Sergeant Slaughter, I'm sorry to say.
It's just something that should be used more judiciously. Chant it for Brian Stann, a war hero. Chant it during the Olympics or the World Cup. Chant it in the streets next time the country does something you're proud of.
Don't do it because you noticed that some guy got into the cage who doesn't happen to have been born in the United States. In a worst-case scenario, that feels to me like a sign not so much of celebrating your own countryman, but of rejecting someone else because they don't live in the same place you do.
If you really feel so strongly about your home country, I'm sure you'll find another way to support it aside from chanting out its initials at an MMA fight.
"You Will Die"
A Brazilian fave that shows that Americans haven't cornered the market on silly chants. Nowhere close.
This chant is pretty common among Brazilian crowds. Pretty, eh, aggressive if you ask me.
"Vitor is a coward."
That was the chant at UFC 147 and elsewhere after Vitor Belfort pulled out of his fight with Wanderlei Silva.
As most fans (including, presumably, them) knew, Belfort begged out after breaking his hand. And I'm inclined to believe him—he tweeted a picture of the thing, after all.
I'm no Duke Roufus, but it is my understanding that hands are an important part of being successful at fighting. Return to sender, Brazil.
By a 2-1 margin, it looks like Brazil is the leader in silly MMA chants. And you know what that means.
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
"Boooo" During Any Extended Ground Exchange
It's the "GET IN THE HOLE!" of MMA chants.
It doesn't happen at every venue, but it happens enough. Anytime the fight stays on the ground for more than 45 seconds, with no fists flying or limbs torquing, the boo birds start to come out.
I want action, too, but with apologies to the "Just Bleed" contingent, action can still happen even when no bodily humors are splashing the canvas.
Unfortunately, this may be part of the reason why some refs have started standing up fighters when they're in the middle of, you know, doing something.
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