Now I’m not an expert on getting people to like me. Actually, I’m pretty good at getting them to like me but then down the road it all goes Single White Female. But from what I know about likes and dislikes and getting people to dig you, I know one thing for sure: telling people they suck generally doesn’t work:
Lutter: The other crazy thing you didn’t bring up is – and you can post this or not post this – fans of this sport just suck.
Fight Ticker: Oh ok. Talk to me about that a little.
Lutter: In my interview on the Countdown show, I talked about people sending the guy hate mail and stuff like that and I got hate mail from that. You lose, you get hate mail. You say, “I think I can beat this guy” [and] you get hate mail.
It’s crazy. It’s literally – I don’t understand the people that are watching this. It’s a total lack of disrespect for the fighters. Some of them I wrote back, “What have you done? What have you accomplished with your pathetic life?” It’s not a nice thing to say but it just sucks having these guys write to you and say the things that they say. It’s crazy. It really is.
I’m not like Serra where you’re just – Serra could give a fuck. People suck. I think it’s amazing. I definitely don’t fight for those people. I fight for me. Use that in your article or not, whatever. But, fans suck.
Fight Ticker: Let me just follow up on that. I hear what you’re saying. Would you say it’s because MMA fans are really passionate or what do you think is motivating them to say what they say?
Lutter: I think most of them are dumb-ass kids. I’m not saying MMA fans. I’m saying the people that are writing me this shit. I think the average MMA fan rules. They’re following my sport. I like them a lot.
But, the guy who is taking the time out of his day that lives in Kentucky to email me to tell me what a piece of shit I am. You really have to question, what is his motivation? How sad of an individual is that? I don’t know what to say to that. It’s like, “I saw you on TV so you suck. As a fighter you suck. You’ve got no cardio, blah blah blah.” What motivates these guys to send hate mail? I don’t understand it.
Maybe I shouldn’t even touch on this subject. It’s one of those things. I’m sure Serra’s getting hate mail too. Whoever is getting hate mail. Kalib Starnes – he got fired from the UFC for his performance. And that was a bad performance. He didn’t fight.
Me, I went in there, I tried to kill the guy and I ended up getting beat and I’m getting an amazing amount of hate mail. I don’t understand it from a fighter’s perspective.
It’s funny how under the bluster he’s basically saying all this hate makes him cry at night. Matt Serra just lets it roll off his back, but not Travis. And hey, I can relate to a degree. Even the people who love Fightlinker hate on us. Damn, they LOVE to HATE us. But I’ll take a seething mass of haters over a bunch of people who just don’t give a damn. That’s why we’re proud of our jackals.
That’s the funny thing about all these ‘sucky fans': they pay the bills, they support you. They hate you, and they will go out of their way to see you fight in the hopes of seeing you lose. It’s kinda strange and sadistic, but a hater is just as good as a fan. Marketers have a saying: “A happy customer tells no one, but an angry one tells EVERYONE”. Your fans aren’t going to send you nonstop love letters, and they’re not going to spread your name to their friends. It’s the “Travis Lutter is a lazy shitface” guys who have made you famous.
If the UFC decides they’ve had enough of you now, it’s all those people who have cursed you roundly day after day to anyone who’ll listen who have elevated your status to the point where you’ll continue to be able to fight for good money. It’s when no one cares either way what you’re up to that you know you’re in trouble.