UFC commentator Jon Anik is “rising drained” of the MMA fanbase. Talking on an episode of the Anik and Florian Podcast, Anik mentioned among the negativity that he sees on-line following occasion.
Particularly, Anik spoke about this previous weekend’s UFC 297 primary occasion between now UFC middleweight champion Dricus Du Plessis and former champion Sean Strickland.
“I’m rising uninterested in this MMA area somewhat bit, and simply the morass of negativity when there’s a shut struggle, as a result of even should you and I each thought Dricus du Plessis gained the struggle, we attempt to current that info respectfully,” Anik mentioned. “Once I go on to X, or after I go to our YouTube feedback, it looks as if numerous these followers are simply in assault mode. I don’t know if these followers are informal followers or not, however I admire the eagerness, however I’m getting to a degree the place at 45 years of age the place I don’t know the way a lot time I’ve left on this MMA area, as a result of if I am going do professional soccer, like, I’m not essentially going to be coping with this lowest widespread denominator on a regular basis.
“I don’t know, I simply really feel like there’s numerous malice and disrespect from the fan base. We are able to disagree, don’t take it from me, Demetrious Johnson and Kenny Florian thought ‘DDP’ gained the struggle. I’ve simply been very off put with the negativity that has permeated my feed since Saturday night time, and I’m simply undecided how for much longer I’ve on this area, actually.”
Whereas every sport does have its share of negativity and toxicity, significantly on-line, MMA does appear to surpass others as compared.
“I attempt to be accessible and interact with followers, particularly on X, and a few of my broadcast companions—Joe Rogan chief amongst them—their profile is so excessive, and they’re so well-known that they will’t presumably have interaction with the followers regularly,” Anik mentioned. “Even any person like Daniel Cormier. So, you’ve received to submit and ghost somewhat bit. However for me, I attempt to be that accessible conduit for the followers, and what I’m discovering is that 90 % of what I’m sifting by means of is destructive, and numerous these feedback are mentioned in an antagonistic, attacking sort of manner. I’ve received three children and simply higher issues to do with my time.
“However once more, I’m making an attempt to be accessible, particularly after a struggle like this, I need to have the ability to have interaction, however after I see the venom that some persons are coming at us with, it simply makes me disengage. So, I suppose perhaps my thesis assertion must be should you see me disengage and never be as omnipresent and as accessible on X, it’s as a result of the fan base is beginning to flip me off. [ESPN reporter] Marc Raimondi had a really considerate submit about this on Instagram, this sport is getting worse by the minute when it comes to all of the negativity within the air.”
Will Anik transfer on from the UFC to a different sport?
“A whole lot of followers are suggesting to me to not even have interaction with these individuals, however gosh, what number of feedback have we heard about ‘To be the champion, you’ve received to beat the champion?’” Anik mentioned. “So, I’d throw it again to you followers who suppose that Kenny and I are usually not understanding what you’re saying or are dismissive of what you might be saying. So, are you people suggesting that for a choose like Sal D’Amato in an in depth spherical, say Spherical 3, he ought to give it to Strickland as a result of he’s the champion? As a result of if that’s what you might be suggesting, that’s completely insane. And take it from [Severe MMA reporter] Seán Sheehan, when the struggle begins, neither man is the champion, and that’s the best way you want to choose the struggle.
“However these of you suggesting that there’s any bias, otherwise you don’t like me, nicely, you’ll most likely get your f****** want come 2026 as a result of actually, at this level, I’ve had it.”