MMA attracts a certain kind: the kind that doesn't mind violence or, like, not getting paid enough, and things like that.
As much as the sport has grown, at its center, a lot of the guys are outlaws and misfits. Outstanding athletes and highly skilled and courageous human beings, yes, but also misfits. Ditto a lot of the fans. That's probably why the sport has (and, to my mind, will) always engender cult heroes. There is fertile ground for such things on both sides of the equation.
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