What Do You Want from Us?

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As you may know, Top MMA News was started by two friends, Marc-Andre and I, who loved Canadian MMA but could never find results or stories on Canadians who fight. No one covered Canada MMA from coast to coast, so we figured we would give it a shot.

We seem to hit a nerve as the site has grown pretty well and I am proud that we have developed a real sense of community around the site. Make no mistake, this has become the place where Canadian MMA fans, fighters, promoters, and even commissions come for their MMA news and to spout off an opinion or two. Our community is the difference between TMN and the hundreds of ProMMACanadaFighterNews.com.net.org.ca sites that are starting up every month.

The site started small. We were thrilled that we had 300 visitors a month at first. But our site has grown and now we can get 300 people in 15 minutes if a story is hot. I think it has grown because of our close community and because Top MMA News listens to your recommendations on what you want from our site.

Unfortunately, it is getting harder and harder to listen to you now as I cannot keep up with the flood of comments on our site. That is why I am asking you to let me know what Top MMA News is missing, where we are screwing up, or what can we add. Be honest, I know I have screwed up with the Best of 2010 awards, been called trash, and screw up almost every interview. New features? Do you want a chat where us fight nerds can talk while watching some regional show’s Internet PPV or televised/PPV event? Do you want more or less training and conditioning info? More or less fighter blogs? More ring card girl pics? Hell, you can even tell us what are your favorite things about Top MMA News so we do not change them!

Regardless, Top MMA News is much bigger than the two friends who started it off or the staff of 15 who contribute to it. It is your site, so let us know what we can do to improve. Just comment on this post or, if you are shy, use the Contact Us link.

Thanks for your time and thanks for loving Canadian MMA so much!

Keith Grienke
President
Top MMA News

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22 Responses to “ What Do You Want from Us? ”

  1. Sean Quinn says:

    Keith, I have 3 websites that i go back and forth on all day. TMN, the UG, and icanhascheezburger. This is by far my favorite site and i am refreshing and browsing constantly.

    My biggest recommendation…more articles on Sean Quinn. That’s the only thing you are missing. More Sean Quinn will flood your site with more members as well as lurkers. It will make the site more marketable to advertisers, which will maybe make you some coin.
    Also, make Sean Quinn a mod, but donr actually give him any responsibilties. Believe, this will help.
    When i think of more, i will let you know.

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  2. harry balls says:

    I’d like a way to post hilarious pics etc. that is better than the one you have now. Other than that, i dig this site.

    …Oh yeah i want that Coletti interview…

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  3. JYD says:

    I think it would be cool to do interviews with some of the people who post here. Like, a 1-on-1 with harry balls or something along those lines.

    I think itd be a good way for the people who participate in the sport to see where the people who support the sport are coming from. A posters perspective.

    Whatever you do, dont talk to Tink. He creeps me out.

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  4. Great job Keith and Marc-Andre. Love the site, and i’m on here quite a bit during the work day. I appreciate everything you guys do to keep the site updated. Many thanks!

    More Quinn, TJ, and 1 on 1’s with regular members are all good ideas!!!!

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  5. Robin Black says:

    I love the idea of a live chat with my fellow nerds while watching fights on TV. I’d be into that.

    Oh, and more Quinn is cool but only a bit more.

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  6. trent_thorne says:

    ya the live chat while watching fights would be a fantastic idea! I sware it id be on my laptop backstage getting ready to fight watching the fights and chatting lol

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  7. DeViLBoY says:

    well I dont want the site to grow too much… then it’ll end up like sherdog with a bunch of tapout t-shirt wearing trolls posting on it trashing the real fans and fighters. I like how this site has a bunch of pro fighters, promoters, and managers posting on it….

    what I want (which is what I asked for in the forums on oct 16th, 2010) is “a seperate forum for like training tips and like info on gyms in canada and the such”

    more fighter blogs would be cool too…I like the inside look of the industry… how about a management blog from Robin Black?? or a promoter blog from one of the promoters on here?

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  8. harry balls says:

    an easy way to post pics would be good too. I like the pro pics of weigh ins etc, but lots of us take shots at events and whatnot. Mebb i am just too dumb to use the forum, but another at another (non mma!) place i post, uploading pics is mad easy.

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  9. Jamie Locke says:

    If I had a TMN T shirt, I would wear it…

    I’d like to see some gym/ club profiles as well as some fighter profiles. Those would be cool. I know we have talked about it before Keith, and your view was “how could you choose which clubs and when to do a profile on, as others would get jealous if you didn’t pick them”… I don’t see this being an issue, and I’d love to hear about the gyms and clubs from around Canada. How did they start, who trains there, what are there plans for the future etc.

    Keep it real, that’s why we’re all on here everyday.

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  10. Sean McManus says:

    better looking contributors?

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  11. Faux Faixa Preta Face says:

    Sean McManus says:
    March 11, 2011 at 8:18 am
    better looking contributors?

    THIS!!!

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  12. Thats why I keep trying to get McManus back writing.

    He keeps saying he has no time due to his modeling career taking off.

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  13. Faux Faixa Preta Face says:

    I met McManus once, i wont say where. But he is damn attractive. Damn attractive.

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  14. Sean McManus says:

    pft…I included myself in that comment…now if only Tink and or JayKay were to contribute – it would raise this motley crew to stunningly attractive heights.

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  15. Sean McManus says:

    however if the rumors are true that the rumor posts are indeed written by Erin then that makes up for the mess of mugs that contribute here…on the flip side if the rumor writing is a shared endeavor between MAD and Keith than we should close up shop now.

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  16. Paveldouche says:

    Always enjoy the site. Probably the best in Canada on Canadian MMA.

    A suggestion to help it grow along with Canadian MMA, could be for you to contact promoters about streaming their live events through your site. Even if it was without commentary and simply a video stream, I am sure a lot of us would tune in to watch.

    Perhaps even a video section that we could upload or link to for the latest Canadian fights via youtube or similar.

    Once word gets out that this is “The Place” to see Canadian MMA, I am sure it will grow in leaps and bounds.

    Keep up the good work.

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  17. BigBoi says:

    This site would benefit strongly by 5% more Tink.

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  18. Sean McManus says:

    nevermind…just read the forum post from Ms. McDooogs herself – I feel deflated now…

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  19. Sean Quinn says:

    I dont know if the site could handle 5%. Maybe 3%, maybe. But 5% is really pushing it.

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  20. JayKay says:

    McManus I’ve told you before, I won’t send you naked photos of me and Tink wrestling.

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  21. David Letourneau says:

    This site is great and there is not any one thing I could think of that would make me like it or enjoy it more its probably aside from facebook my top site I log into everyday. Keep up the great work guys we all reap the benefits of your hard work.

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  22. JYD/Kurt…. Thanks for the comments. A Harry Balls’ interview would be cool.

    Robin/Trent…two votes for live chat. I am willing to try this with a test event. Maybe a Internet PPV one? Thanks.

    Harry… thanks for the comment. This is harder to do. Let us think about that.

    DevilBoy….I hear you but the site needs to grow enough to retain good people. Love to have Robin do a column, but Mr. Black can be expensive and is a professional writer now. I will ask though.

    Paveldouche – live events streamed on the site. Wow. Personally, I hope that more places like the Fight Network start broadcasting fights live like they are doing for Ringside prelims.

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