OP, you're dutch or belgian right?
ever heared of antoni hardonk?
dutch and fought in the UFC.
edit: i'd like to ad that Lolland has only 1 dude in the UFC at the moment, used to have Gordeau early 90ies and Schilt tried it at the Pride if im correct.
It also has to do with means and with interests.
K1 is HUGE here and BJJ relatively new, thanks to pioneers like Pardoel and later on Harder, people are discovering BJJ and grappling here.
With means i mean: in the USA and in Japan you get a handsome pay in comparison to Holland, ive been at seminars with Schilt and Hoost and you get to train with those guys for only 20 bucks.
If you compare that with the prices of Rutten and his warrior/paradise whats its name retreat (which is an awesome program) you get the idea.
Last edited by Lebell; 2/10/2009 6:29am at .
The Gracies are micronational leaders now?
"Kickassia - from sea to shining sea of blood"
MMA in general does not have a lack of foreigners. The sport itself isnt even American its just that the :brave: crowd for some reason thinks it is.
Okay, I have analyzed the next 3 UFCs to come up with a plan. As the next 3 are in different countries we might be able to determine if there is something afoot.
UFC 95 England
USA 10 (50% of the fighters)
Lolland 1 (Lebell missed Stefan Struve)
UFC 96 United States of America
USA 18 (90% of the fighters)
UFC 97 Canada
USA 6 (27% of the fighters)
Total 62 Fighters
US 34 -- 55%
Brazil 9 -- 14%
Canada 7 -- 11%
England 4 -- 6%
Lolland 2 -- 3%
Sweden 2 -- 3%
France 2 -- 3%
Poland 1 -- 1.6%
Japan 1 -- 1.6%
Therefore, based on this highly scientific analysis the UFC is more Inclusive of other nations when it leaves home soil, and it is most representative when it is in Canada.
Therefore: my conclusion is that All Future UFC should take place in Canada.:)
(**My one caveat is that Eastern Europe is not represented, (Poland?) especially glaring is the absence of Russians and Cubans, Chinese and Korea N&S and over all the UFC does not look like the UN**)
Why is NASCAR more popular than F1, a superior race in every way? "Them boys speak funny." The UFC needs marketable fighters, fighters that spectators can connect with. Why do they stand fighters up if the action gets too slow? To keep things "exciting" and keep the crowd coming back for more the "brutal knockouts".
Also, Brazil & US have a longer history of Vale Tudo & NHB. Skillset-wise Brazil has BJJ & US has folk wrestling, sports that take a serious time commitment to develop.
As far as i know Stefan Struve is a german who is trained by a dutch coach ( team Schreiber).
Sherdog and Wiki have him as Dutch, but if you don't want him Canada has a good immigration package for atheletic refugees...I will have to change my stats.
Originally Posted by Lebell