Reading all the different threads and posts about recent considerable cut of different UFC fighters I started to think about how a fighter can stay relevant in UFC ( Which is fundamentally a business) and I came to a few conclusions about different ways a fighter can stay in this business for a long time:
1- By being dominant in the division: Anderson Silva, GSP, Jon Jones, Aldo and recently Cain
2- By making entertaining fights irrespective of the result: Dan Hardy,Leonard Garcia who have more loss than win but at the end of the day they are entertaining to some extent.
3- By making plenty of Money or bringing extra hype for the Organization : Brock Lesnar( coming from WWE which brought some fans from WWE to UFC), Chael Sonnen( a master of self promotion of his fights via the cheapest method which is trash talk) and recently Alistair Overeem
4-By Originating from a country which has good potentials to be the next big target for UFC and MMA overall( Akiyama from Japan) who brought attention to UFC from his mother land. ( China, India are the next potential targets)
5- Bringing a very special style of fighting which is kind of unique ( Kung Lee comes to mind and to some extent Pat Barry)
6- Being TUF winner : For some reasons being a TUF winner brings some sort of immunity for the fighter.
7- Knowing how to keep Uncle Dana happy or knowing the weak side and stick side of Dana White.
8- Mastering how to Jump from One division to the other when the grass seems greener on the other side of the fence( Dan Henderson for a long time, Frankie Edgar recently)
9- Name yourself Clay Guida if you have none of the before mentioned characteristic and you will be safe.
What do you think I have missed:
It is not about win or lose, it is about heart. Leave all you have in the Octagon and you are a winner in my book.
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