We received this poll suggestion from one of the Mighty 600,000 in Manchester over in the United Kingdom, Liam. He wrote:
…your podcast following the mundial inspired this poll question about teams vs nationality:
When watching a BJJ match between an athlete from your country but from a team (Alliance, Barra, Humaita…etc.) different to yours vs a an athlete from your team but from a different country, who are you more likely to support?
- I would most likely support the athlete from my country, irrespective of team
- I would most likely support the athlete from my team, irrespective of country
- If I chose to support an athlete, it tends to be for reasons other than team or country
Let me know what you think of this one. It’s a recurring hot topic at forums
Very nice poll suggestion. There are those in the United States who enjoy watching American athletes like Rafael Lovato Jr., Jeff Glover, and Bill Cooper primarily because of their nationality. Part of their appeal is likely because fans hope that athletes from a country that is historically an underdog in earning gold medals can turn the tide. Did you know, for example, that the last non-Brazilian to earn a gold medal at the IBJJF World Championships was Hillary Williams in 2010?
Let us know how you decide which jiu-jitsu competitor you root for by voting in the poll above, and don’t hesitate to leave a comment here on the site!