I don't think anyone should imply that the UFC fixes fights. The fighters may do it for selfish reasons but the UFC doesn't fix shit. MMA betting has not reached a level in the USA where it is profitable enough to offer the UFC the kind of money it would take to convince a UFC official to risk criminal prosecution and the loss of the blazing hot revenue the UFC is generating. Fighters are a different story but there needs to be substantial proof before it is really analyzed. I think there is that kind of proof in the Mishima fight, I need an explanation on that one. In the mean time, I think that if you see fixes happening "often" or in Main Events, you are fuicking stupid. Before you go searching for clues at the Vatican, slow your roll and ask who benefits and what is the risk in fixing a fight. The benefit($$$) must be outweigh the risk (in UFC case $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$) Fighters want sponsors. Sponsors want winners. Sponsors pay fighters without the risk of being banned from MMA. 99% of MMA fighters do not fit the mold of someone looking to take a dive. I don't know about an aging star from Japan, he may want a payday away from the hometown fans in the twilight of his career. I dunno, but that is what I will assume when I see a finish like that. This is not 1930's Chicago and Dana White is not a wiseguy.
If you watch fights looking for something to justify that fights are fixed, I bet every fight probably looks a little suspicious....especially Rich Franklin and Matt Hughes last fights. ( I mean c'mon, weren't they coaches on TUF?????)
end sarcasm. If you think that the large majority of fights in the UFC are fixed, you are a fuciking retard. There is nothing behind Franklin v. Silva, Silva is a great fighter, Rich is a great fighter, but if it is a shock to you that Silva could beat Franklin like that, go educate yourself with some internet highlights. How likely was it that it would happen? Who the fuick cares, it was easily possible that it would happen and it did. If Franklin gets a rematch and beats Silva, it is not a conspiracy, it is possible. Matt Hughes did try against GSP. GSP could not be a worse match up for Hughes and it showed. If he had gone for a shoot earlier in the match and gotten KTFO quicker then he did, would that be "trying"? If you are shocked that GSP could beat Hughes that way, you don't need to be watching fights to see if they are fixed, you need to be watching fights to learn about the sport.
A groan of tedium escapes me...
Last edited by Halebop; 11-22-2006 at 12:20 AM.