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Old 12-13-2009, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dana SERIOUSLY should consider talent from Japan

if anyone expects a shift in the belts (BJ, Machida, GSP, Sliva) Dana is gonna have to bring in more talent from Japan, Brazil, Thailand, Netherlands, etc.....because there seems to be no stopping the current men sitting on the thrones.

No offense Brits, the Brits are a forced to be reckoned with (Hardy, Telly's Kelly, Pearson) but Dana is gonna have to start looking for international talents for good fights/future competition...if it's cutting inthe budget, then eliminate some of these lame PPV's and stop giving 6 figure fights to Tito and Chuck
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Yea i thought about the same thing! Why doesn't the UFC get more Asian fighters especially from Thailand. I just went there last year for over 3 months and i watched many Muay Thai fights in Bangkok and Ko Samui! There are so many great fighters in my point of view. But there isn't even one top Muay Thai fighter from Thailand fighting in MMA right now ( or maybe there is one i just don't know ) Is there one

Of course these guys have zero ground skills but they can learn it as well like the Kickboxing guys and so on...
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Of course these guys have zero ground skills...

I wouldnt be so sure of that

guys like Masakazu Imanari, Akihiro Gono, Hatsu Hioki would probably make some serious waves in the UFC
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yea because they've had so much success in the ufc.


it's not a problem with dana, he can't do everything involving the ufc, i mean he's already the ceo, spokesman, match decided when he wants to be, ring announcer, janitor and now you want him to be the talent scout too? The UFC does it's best to get the best fighters but they just really dont have the time or resources to check every back alley for tough guys
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I agree to some degree. They do have a few who come to the UFC already, What Would be really cool is to have an Ultamate fighter series like Japan Vs USA, like they did with the UK and so on then combining it to other country vs country series as the space becomes available I think that may work and give a few out of the handful the chance to fight in the UFC.I also think Machida will lose his title far before any of the others.

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I think the real problem is that a lot of Asian MMA fighters like their fight leagues. I would love for some of them to come to the US, but DW will probably have to pay money on unknown fighters and hope the US crowd turns on to them. If history tells us anything it is that they won't. From an MMA perspective I don't care what it takes, I want to see these fighters in the UFC so we can see the best vs the best. Business wise I just don't see it being profitable in the short or long term, not until they can get into the Asian PPV market.
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yea because they've had so much success in the ufc.


it's not a problem with dana, he can't do everything involving the ufc, i mean he's already the ceo, spokesman, match decided when he wants to be, ring announcer, janitor and now you want him to be the talent scout too? The UFC does it's best to get the best fighters but they just really dont have the time or resources to check every back alley for tough guys
ehhh...thats kinda besides the point.

Im not nitpicking the protocol of the matchmarking (thats up to Joe Silva)....but the reality is the UFC could be far more exciting with a revolving international talent pool.


Little Johnny Nobody who played high school football, then took a couple years BJJ and boxing is not real match for the current title holders.

I mean no disrespect to people like Travis Lutter, Jon Fitch, Chris Lytle, etc.....but the talent pool needs to be widened with more diverse martial artists.


I would like to see more judo and Muay Thai fighters in the future
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He wouldn't have to pay them so much if they had to go through the series first.
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I think the real problem is that a lot of Asian MMA fighters like their fight leagues.
Japanese real big on loyalty...so that would be a problem.



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He wouldn't have to pay them so much if they had to go through the series first.
good point...afters this seasons TUF debacle, we need a breathe of fresh air
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I wouldnt be so sure of that

guys like Masakazu Imanari, Akihiro Gono, Hatsu Hioki would probably make some serious waves in the UFC
Pretty sure Gono dropped 2 out of 3 fights in the UFC (Hardy/Fitch) then got cut.

I doubt Hioki or Imanari would make waves at all either.
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