Originally Posted by Braveheart
Prior to aquiring PRIDE, there just seemed to be plenty of room for company expansion and growth. Now that some of the very highly compensated PRIDE fighters didn't deliver, others failed to sign and its own UFC poster boys (Randy, Hughes, Tito, Chuck..) loosing their steam or retiring, how is UFC planing to fill up the arenas?
I think there is tons of room to grow. Not only in the US, Canada, but mainland Europe, they just began in the UK! If the UFC can build a fan base in the UK with someone like Micheal Bisping (ahole), then they can do the same for several other countries.
They're even considering shows in central america based on Huerta!.
Its all marketing. Micheal Bisping is not really a contender, but they make him appear that way to get the UK fans following! Once they're hooked on MMA, and no longer just hooked on Bisping, whether he wins or loses, at that point, they know and love OTHER fighters, so they keep watching.
The UFC can grow so much because they litteral can go around the world doing the same type of promoting.
I think a lot of us feel like the UFC is farked because Couture is leaving, and Fedor isnt coming over etc.
Well, the UFC grew, and grew, and grew, WHILE couture was retired and WHILE Fedor was with Pride.
Fortunately, or Unfortunatle, depending how you look at it, the UFC doesnt need any single fighter to build it anymore. They need a handsome face, with a good story, and above average fighting skills...Voila!! The dude is Filipino! Well the market in the Philippinnes just opened up to the UFC!
thats what I think.