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There is no doubt for many that MMA is here to stay and that it will slowly pass boxing as the #1 fighting spectator sport in the world...

 

But what will happen with the UFC..

 

Right now the UFC are no longer growing as before.. Some of the cards are not recieved very well, and several fighters are starting to critisize the UFC and its management (especially regarding money and fight bookings)

 

 

So what have changed? 3 yeas ago MMA and the UFC was on its way up, and the future was filled with possibilities...

 

1. The first mistake was to spread the UFC to thin.. Being on so many different channels and having so many different cards is confusing and takes the focus away from the more important fights..

 

2. Having 3 divisions for boy sized men... the 125 and 135 division will never be ahuge draw for the UFC... sure there are some talent there, but the "main crowd" does not want to see children fighting...

the 145 division has possibility but as it is filling with 155 rejects and loosers it is going to struggle...

 

3. Letting the LHW division collapse was the biggest failiure... LHA was the division where anything could happen.. KOs, Submissions and everything else was regularly happening and there was so much talent there...

After the collapse of the division (which happened somewhere after Chuck lost the title) the division has never been able to remain intresting.. Right now the division is even more broken as the Champ is unbeatable and makes the #2 and #3 ranked fighters look like amateurs..

 

4. Focusing to much on fighters from the US. As the marked in the US is filling the UFC does to little to grow the sport in other countries.. There is so much competition with talent out there, but they are not allowed to build a career in the UFC.\, and therfore are not "known" by the random MMA fan. The only country where the UFC is really on a roll now is Brazil as Dana seem to focus on that country a lot. Maybe the same focus in europe or in the bigger countries in Europe could help build both the UFC and its fanbase..

 

5. Rematches for the title.. This is self-explanatory.. The divisions are locked because of rematches and injuries and for the fans most of the divisions has far to few #1 contender fights or title fights..

 

6. The "destruction" of Strikeforce. As Zuffa bought and killed SF they removed the only US based competition to the UFC... So there is no longer any "how would the SF fighters do in the UFC" discussions. And since the fanboys of SF are now gone there is nobody for the UFC fanboys to fight with.. The result has been that they have started to critizise the UFC itself causing massive amounts of negativity

The UFC would ahve done a lot better if they had left SF alone and instead done co-productions where champ fought champ or similar...

Under the monoply the UFC have now there is no real talent building at an elite level anwhere in the world (maybe except Bellator, but they are struggeling)..

 

 

so what can be done?

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The sport may be growing but the fan base is getting worse and worse. Guys toting their tapout shirts, calling fighters cans and cowards. The thing that use to make this sport so great was the respect. No one cared that a dude lost 5 fights in a row because that dude brung it everytime, he wasn't a can because he was a friggin professional fighter.

 

As long as the current MMA fans continue to act like WWE fans the sport will get worse and worse.

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The sport may be growing but the fan base is getting worse and worse. Guys toting their tapout shirts' date=' calling fighters cans and cowards. The thing that use to make this sport so great was the respect. No one cared that a dude lost 5 fights in a row because that dude brung it everytime, he wasn't a can because he was a friggin professional fighter.

 

As long as the current MMA fans continue to act like WWE fans the sport will get worse and worse.[/quote']

 

You have a point, no one gets more hate for losing than an MMA fighter. The NBA champions lose more than 20 games per season

 

Losing is OK, not everyone can be champion. People call below top 10 fighters cans lol

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You have a point' date=' no one gets more hate for losing than an MMA fighter. The NBA champions lose more than 20 games per season

 

Losing is OK, not everyone can be champion. People call below top 10 fighters cans lol[/quote']

 

This is a symptom that i think comes from the lack of rival organizations.. LIke i said in point 6: When the competitors collapse the fanboys no longer have anyone else to hassle, so they start talking badly about the UFC and its fighters instead.. This would explain why the critizism to fighters has exploded since SF was at it peak.. People who spent their energy arguing that teh SF tournament was a joke now spend their time telling how bad the HW division in the UFC is...

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You missed one major issue - injuries. People are training too much and too hard' date=' and tons of exciting fights are getting cancelled because they get injured during training.[/quote']

 

Incorrect, fighters are training incorrectly and not doing what they need to do to ensure proper recovery between sessions

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You missed one major issue - injuries. People are training too much and too hard' date=' and tons of exciting fights are getting cancelled because they get injured during training.[/quote']

 

I think injuries are one of these things that can't be avoided... Even "back in the days" there was a lot of injuries.. people just planned the fights on shorter notice so it as not as visible.. But of curse.. the level of injuries on top 10 fighters the last years are so high that it is annoying people

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You have a point' date=' no one gets more hate for losing than an MMA fighter. The NBA champions lose more than 20 games per season

 

Losing is OK, not everyone can be champion. People call below top 10 fighters cans lol[/quote']

 

Boxing has been dealing with this for a while now and in my opinion is the reason for it's downfall.

 

Fighters become afraid to lose because they will lose their stature. So they fight safely and they fight safe opponents. See:Pac vs Floyd

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How will it surpass Boxing??? Are u talking money wise or popularity wise??? I don't see it happeneing money wise cuz Boxers and Boxing events bring in a lot more $$$. Just look into Boxers purses and the live gates for Boxing events. The popularity of MMA has grown and its alost just as popular but idk if it'll surpass Boxing.

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Boxing has been dealing with this for a while now and in my opinion is the reason for it's downfall.

 

Fighters become afraid to lose because they will lose their stature. So they fight safely and they fight safe opponents. See:Pac vs Floyd

 

The problem with Pac vs Floyd is the promoter Bob Arum. He won't work with Golden Boy, another top promotion company. But yeah, in Boxing, loses are viewed worse. Guys loss 2 or 3x's and their careers are on the brink. A loss in MMA is different because u can get choked out, thrown in an armbar or kneed in the face or something so I think guys are allowed to have slipped up a few more times then Boxers. Boxing is just hand to hand combat.

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