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August is TUF Noobs Suck Month!
You know the guy, he's the jerk at your gym with the whole TapouT ensemble who's never trained a day in his life. Or he's the kid in your class who's under the impression that he's tough because he watches Pride reruns on FSN. But most likely he's the pimply, morbidly obese guy posting commentary on YouTube videos about "Chuck Lytell" and how he'd "Armbar the heck out of "Rampage Quinton", or how some washed up kung fu douchebag desperately holding a headlock from bottom mount was "using a guillotine choke".
Don't get us wrong, we love new fans of the sport. I'm always trying to recruit people to watch UFC events over at my house and drag them to local shows in support of the sport. But we're not talking about casual or even hardcore fans here. We're talking about what happens when you combine an unchecked enthusiasm for something you don't fully understand, with the powerful communication medium of the Internet.
You get people who talk out of their ass, thinking they know everything about Mixed Martial Arts because they watched Gabe Rudiger stick a tube up his. The worst offenders are those who feel that because they post on an MMA forum frequented by real fighters, that somehow their toughness rubs off on them.
These are TUF Noobs. It's not just that they started following the sport because they saw an episode of The Ultimate Fighter. It's that they're jackasses in general who wouldn't be following the sport if we were still in the "Banned from Pay Per View" days where dedicated fans (almost all of whom either trained, or were fighters themselves), kept it alive on forums like the UG.
For those of you who are just fans, who don't or can't train, we're glad you're aboard. Just keep this in mind though: watching something on TV doesn't make you tough. Going to MMA shows doesn't make you tough. Wearing TapouT, Sprawl, or Full Contact Fighter gear doesn't make you tough. What makes you tough is getting your ass on the mat 3, 5, 7 days a week; getting humbled by those who are better than you, and learning first hand exactly what it takes to get in that cage and fight.
Training is the anti-TUF Noob. It keeps you from yelling stupid crap at fight shows ("kick him in the face woooo" when the guy's on the ground). It keeps you from being one of the asshats who boos when a fight goes to the ground. And it just makes you a better fan in general.
So if you're a TUF Noob, own up to it, get your ass to a legitimate school that trains fighters, and stop shitting up our sport.