In the midst of all the promotion surrounding UFC 165 last week, Dana White made an interesting statement that the loser of the Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem fight at UFC 167 in November would likely be cut. While it would never be promoted as such by the UFC, this fight has essentially become, as wrestling fans would phrase it, a “Loser Leaves Town” match.
The UFC is betting on Jon Jones becoming the next face of MMA. With Anderson Silva only getting older and GSP openly discussing approaching the end of his career, the UFC needs Jon Jones to be the next face of the MMA. Putting your money behind a young, athletic, well-spoken champion who has dominated his weight class seems like a wise investment.
The UFC 165 thru UFC 168 run to end the year has the potential to the best stretch of fight cards the UFC has ever promoted. The champions fighting on each card are not only some of the best in the world but also some of the most marketable. But is it possible that this stretch of unbelievable fights may not actually be a good thing?
The first venture into reality television for Bellator MMA was a bit of a mixed bag. The program appeased many fight fans by focusing more on the fights themselves than the surrounding drama of the house. However, that lack of drama seen on most reality shows resulted in declining viewership, prompting a midseason move from Wednesdays at 10pm to Thursdays at 11pm.