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Turning a Blind Eye: Machida Fans Turn Into Haters Due To The Judges

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24:  UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida (R) battles with UFC Light Heavyweight challenger Mauricio Rua (L) during their title fight at UFC 104 at Staples Center on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Sterling SpiarsAnalyst IOctober 27, 2009

There has never been such clear evidence that many MMA fans are just riding the band-wagon since the aftermath of UFC 104 , where many believed Mauricio Rua decisively stole the light-heavyweight crown from the hands of Lyoto Machida.

In the months and weeks building up to this fight, many were clamoring that Machida was untouchable, and his reign would last for many years to come. Some people, oblivious of Rua's years in Pride, had claimed that Rua had absolutely no chance to win and didn't even deserve to be in the cage with Machida in the first place.

It's funny how a well-executed, solid game plan can turn the MMA world upside down, isn't it?

The sport is now in a slight daze as the "unbeatable" champion had shown that he has flaws after all, as Rua came in to the cage and showed the rest of the light-heavyweight division how to effectively strike with Machida.

Even the keyboard warriors are in a confused state. Many of the "this is the Machida Era" hype-riders are some of the same people who are crying across Internet blogs, calling for Cecil Peoples head, even though there were two other judges that scored the bout the same.

Many forums have statements that Machida is a coward who ran away, and he should hand over his belt to Rua. There has even been the boxing legend of paid-off judges to keep the hype rolling.

It's just really sad that a fan can't stick with their "favorite fighters" regardless of the outcome. This writer is a huge Lyoto Machida fan that feels his guy lost this fight in a very close decision that could of gone either way, but he is still backing his fighter 100 percent. It would be nice to see some of the so called "fans" act in the same manner.

Oh well, even though the sport has come along way from it's "cockfighting" days, it seems that some of the fans still need to learn how to evolve from the wishy-washy knucklehead status that they unknowingly place on themselves.

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