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post #101 of 109 (permalink) Old 01-31-2013, 07:29 AM
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As many others have said if there was an abundance of taleneted straw-weights out there then yeah, get em in but atm there just isn't.

Plus, OP lost all credibility with the "I'm a real fan and you're not" BS.
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post #102 of 109 (permalink) Old 01-31-2013, 10:13 AM
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How bout bringin a super heavy weight class into the mix? I think there would be a lot more potential for some intense fights at 265+
Yes we might see some freakshows, but I'm with the others that have mentioned they need to let the other lighter weight divisions fill out a little more.
Dana has said countless times that he wouldn't do the super heavyweight division. I'm sure he wants to stay away from the obvious freakshow fights with a couple Bob Sapp type characters out there.

What I would like to see is a reclassing of the HW division and split it into two divisions. Call it Cruiserweight or whatever you want to call it but set the weight limit at somewhere around 225 or 230 and then have the upper limit for HW around 280. You'll still get the big skill guys in HW but the cruiserweight would end up being one of the most exciting divisions in the UFC (at least to me). You'd have the Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier, JDS type characters with lots of skill and cardio that would make for entertaining fights.

Then have the reclassed HW division with all the big boys. It would be full of KO's between a couple monsters and not as many size mismatches. I know it sounds like the classic I'm bigger I'm better attitude but if you get a guy that weighs 230 and a guy that weighs 265 and their skillsets are identical the guy at the higher weight is going to win by a large percentage of the time.

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post #103 of 109 (permalink) Old 01-31-2013, 10:05 PM
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I didn't think I'd be excited to see a straw weight division to the ufc, but I am. I am interested in seeing what talent rises to the top of the division.
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post #104 of 109 (permalink) Old 01-31-2013, 10:08 PM
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post #105 of 109 (permalink) Old 02-01-2013, 05:52 AM
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What I would like to see is a reclassing of the HW division and split it into two divisions. Call it Cruiserweight or whatever you want to call it but set the weight limit at somewhere around 225 or 230 and then have the upper limit for HW around 280. You'll still get the big skill guys in HW but the cruiserweight would end up being one of the most exciting divisions in the UFC (at least to me). You'd have the Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier, JDS type characters with lots of skill and cardio that would make for entertaining fights.

Then have the reclassed HW division with all the big boys. It would be full of KO's between a couple monsters and not as many size mismatches. I know it sounds like the classic I'm bigger I'm better attitude but if you get a guy that weighs 230 and a guy that weighs 265 and their skillsets are identical the guy at the higher weight is going to win by a large percentage of the time.
This! I totally agree with this. You could also get some of the bigger light heavys fighting in this division. I think there would be some awesome fights.


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I think super heavyweight is a bad idea. HW is the best it's been in a long time right now. The last thing they need is the division cut in half. You will have guys jumping all over the place between divisions.

This is what turns off a lot of people from boxing. At least some of the people I have talked to. There are so many divisions and titles and guys fighting in multiple divisions that's its hard for any new fan to follow any of it. It's a mess.


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I agree that boxing has created a big mess with their divisions but that's only one issue that they've created over the years. Having a weight class every 5lbs and then having 3 different "championship" belts per weight class is the bigger issue there.

The more promotions that pop up in MMA, the closer we get to that model unfortunately. Bellator has its champions, UFC has its champions, Strikeforce has its champions, etc. Eventually the UFC isn't going to be able to buy up their competitors and liquidate their belts and we're going to see multiple Heavyweight World "Champions".

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I think super heavyweight is a bad idea. HW is the best it's been in a long time right now. The last thing they need is the division cut in half. You will have guys jumping all over the place between divisions.

This is what turns off a lot of people from boxing. At least some of the people I have talked to. There are so many divisions and titles and guys fighting in multiple divisions that's its hard for any new fan to follow any of it. It's a mess.
I have tried to get into boxing a few times and that was definitely a major deterrent when I knew nothing. The worst part was the amount of belts. How is a casual fan supposed to know which belts to care about? Why does the same guy have so many belts? And why are there so many divisions? Those are things that really annoyed me and actually turned me on to mma. You had Pride, UFC, and k-1. All were very organized and you could easily get into either or all of the companies without being confused.


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This is beginning to become a joke. Being a UFC Champion used to have way more prestige since there were only five of them. Soon there could be TEN of them. It's just too much.

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