Five Round Fights?
I'd like to see non-title five round fights in the UFC. In boxing, a non-title main event is only two three minute rounds shorter than a title fight -- 30 minutes vs. 36 minutes. In MMA non-title fights run 15 minutes vs. 25 minutes for a title fight. What's more, in boxing there are a lot of belts, so there are more opportunities for the best fighters to go the distance.
The UFC is an excellent promoter. They employ a large number of fighters who are fast becoming household names. Unfortunately, many of these fighters occupy the same weight division. Too often it feels that the main events end mid-stride. To better showcase its talent, the UFC needs to institute non-title five round fights. MMA fighters these days are in exceptional condition, and so assuming a fight doesn't end suddenly, it more often than not would benefit from a couple of extra rounds. The 15 minute time limit is simply claustrophobic.
Further thoughts and questions:
* Five round fights seem to be as exciting as three rounders, even from round one (fighters don't slow down or stop taking risks in anticipation of the extra two rounds). However, would this change if to title were at stake?
* Would a 10-5-5 minute (ala Pride), or even 5-5-10, be a good compromise (a 20 minute non-title fight vs. a 25 minute)?
* How much extra money do fighters demand for those extra two rounds? My guess? Those extra two rounds are A LOT cheaper than the initial three.
* More importantly, would the five round time limit draw a larger audience?
* Any past fights that would have likely benefited from an extra two rounds?