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post #51 of 660 (permalink) Old 01-30-2008, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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More weight classes??

How many people out there think the UFC needs more weight classes? I think Rogan mentioned this recently, but I have been silently wanting this to happen since the merger.

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I am 150% with you if that's possible. lol
They need a Featherweight and a Bantamweight division.
Why not? The little guys put on a great show.
There are very exciting and talented fighters in those divisions. Hey, the WEC is doing it.

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I say this because there are just so many fighters and not all of them can excel or compete at the weight divisions set up. My only hesitation to this, is that it makes the sport very similar to boxing, in that it would produce many champions. Still one belt per class though which is a good thing, unlike boxing where there are multiple belts at each weight class.

I voted for starting over and having divisions 10 lbs apart.

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You don't want to many weight classes or else it will turn into boxing, where no one knows who the champs are. Thats one of the biggest problems with boxing right now, to many weight classes and no marketability due to to many belts/weight classes. Having 10 weight classes would really hurt the UFC IMO. Dana won't folow the same path has boxing so I don't have to worry about them having 10 weight classes.

Though I would like to see the UFC add a 145 weight division.
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Sorry ZZ, I came in here before the poll was finished.
I like your satrt over idea. Even without the bantamweights in there that looks like a good setup.
145, 155, 165, 175, 185, 195, 205, 225+
mlsman23 made a good point to though.

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I don't think they should split up any weight classes and they should keep them as they are now. Nothing wrong with adding extra lower weight classes though. The only problem with adding extra (not splitting existing) weight classes is there are only so many fights per event. They would either have to start having more events or more fights on each card so the fighters get to fight more than twice a year.

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I can see the argument to be made for more wieght classes, but it's not something I'm in favor of. One of the biggest problems with boxing is that nobody knows who the champions are, and it seems like every guy out there held a championship belt at some point. Having to many wieght classes kind of makes the sport harder to follow, it also cheapens the accomplishment of winning a title as the talent is more deluded. A lot of guys in the UFC are cutting 15 - 25lbs to fight at their weight class anyway. So I don't really see the need for some of the in between classes.
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I don't think they should split up any weight classes and they should keep them as they are now. Nothing wrong with adding extra lower weight classes though. The only problem with adding extra (not splitting existing) weight classes is there are only so many fights per event. They would either have to start having more events or more fights on each card so the fighters get to fight more than twice a year.
That is kind of the reason for more weight classes. That is where I am coming from. All of these great fighters in the LW, WW and LHW divisions have to wait for their turn. And for many fighters something goes drastically wrong and their turn never comes. I.e. Karo Parysian, Din Thomas, Forrest Griffin (though now he is getting one). When the champion of a division only fights twice a year because of TV show obligations or injuries or whatever, it kind of hurts the whole division. But I certainly respect where ou are coming from.

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I can see the argument to be made for more wieght classes, but it's not something I'm in favor of. One of the biggest problems with boxing is that nobody knows who the champions are, and it seems like every guy out there held a championship belt at some point. Having to many wieght classes kind of makes the sport harder to follow, it also cheapens the accomplishment of winning a title as the talent is more deluded. A lot of guys in the UFC are cutting 15 - 25lbs to fight at their weight class anyway. So I don't really see the need for some of the in between classes.
Exactly my point, these guys wouldn't need to cut 20+ lbs anymore. And the whole boxing thing is different. They have like 11 divisions and 4 belts per division. With one, unified belt per division it certanly wouldn't cheapen the belt.
Yes of course it would dilute the talent that is the point. There is too much talent right now in many divisions. This would help those guys fight more often and make names for themselves. I guarantee you the fighters would approve. Fighters like Bisping, Swick, Lauzon, Pulver, Fitch, Parysian, etc. They would all have more opportunities to earn a belt. And fans owuld get more opportunities to see championship fights with big time competitors.

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I don't think they should split up any weight classes and they should keep them as they are now. Nothing wrong with adding extra lower weight classes though. The only problem with adding extra (not splitting existing) weight classes is there are only so many fights per event. They would either have to start having more events or more fights on each card so the fighters get to fight more than twice a year.
I agree. Adding more weight classes will only bring in more fighters. There aren't enough events for the amount of fighters they have under contract already. They would have to add more events and i'm in favore of that.
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