I think Leigh Remdios, Ian Freeman , Mark Weir, Mark Epstein and Michael Bisping are probably the guys that excelled UK MMA and pushed it forward a huge leap..
Your analogy. Rofl.
Exactly... So the analogy worked, it was suppose to be highlighted as a pathetic example. Thus defining the point. Never mind I still love you.
"Ian. No, you are not THE reason. Everybody I asked on Cagewarriors says that same thing"
You see where I'm going.
But as an early pioneer and the first person to get a top named win over 10 years ago, I wouldn't begrudge somebody saying "I AM".
I always wondered that, at a few shows where he has been an MC he goes back to he is the reason mma is big in the uk? But didn't know enough to go into it myself, seems like a nice chap to be fair.
Just think he likes the limelight so is hanging on to it, FairPlay though, he beat frank Mir haha.
There were many factors contributing to the emergence and growth of MMA. Singling out individuals misses the key point that there was a lot of mutual self interest which meant that a lots of people helped each other out directly or indirectly. Freeman getting into the UFC was a factor but so was Andy jardine getting moderately big US names to fight on his show; then theere's the pioneering work of Lee Hasdell which predated both of those things and those early promoters who invested in proper cages (Adams, Jardine, Truman, not sure if Lee H ever used a cage).
Even if Bisping did bring new fans, he wouldn't have got the exposure if Bravo hadn't invested in screening TUF
Any one person claiming that they are the single, solitary reason for MMA's success in this country (or any other) is wrong, simple as that.
If Ian said that, I very much doubt he meant it literally, so it shouldn't be taken as such.