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Old 01-02-2007, 02:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Where will the UFC be in 5 years?

i was just wondering myself....will tito be in chucks shoes in 5 years? will GSP dominate the ww division til he has no choice but to go to middlewieght? shit i dunno, maybe bisping is the future of LHW, you never know...theres a number of things i could speculate on

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Old 01-02-2007, 03:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally I believe the UFC will continue to grow to be the leader in MMA fighting, perhaps so large it will dwarf the others. Basically this has nothing to do with Dana White or Zuffa being geniuses, but they happened to fall ass backwards into a huge money making opportunity, reality television. Not only did it get the sport out to the masses, but it gave the UFC credibility in that people now have a glimpse of what it takes to be a professional MMA fighter.

In terms of what will happen in the UFC with the titles and whatnot, here's what I believe by division in the next few years:

Lightweight - If BJ Penn can successfully cut the weight, he will dominate this division for the next little while, if not the championship will change hands frequently.

Welterweight - GSP, not much to say here, as long as it dosen't go to his head and he becomes a lazy rock star, GSP will continue to dominate.

Middleweight - Who knows, the most open of all the divisions, being from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, I suggest Jason MacDonald will be the force to be reckoned with after disposing of Rich Franklin and Anderson Silva in stunning fashion, lol. I really don't know with this division.

Light Heavyweight - Honestly I think Rampage and Chuck will be the next big rivalry. Chuck beats Rampage in mid-2007, then Rampage stuns everyone by beating Chuck late 2007. Tito becomes non-existent this year unfortunately, or at best beats some of the TUF guys non-convincingly. Does he care, probably not, he's a millionaire and bangs Jenna Jameson, do I blame him for not being motivated anymore, nope. One thing that could make the division REALLY exciting, IMO, is if Brandon Vera could cut the weight and enter the division, that would be cool, I think he could be dominate for a while.

Heavyweight - Tough one here, lol. Mirko is too good for anyone in the UFC, they try to spin Tim Sylvia a rematch/rivalry after Mirko beats him mid-2007. But Sylvia gets exposed, they Mirko continues to kick butt until someone else comes into the division to rival him.

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Old 01-02-2007, 03:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Its a very good question and a very broad one. In 5 years the UFC will be the #1 MMA organization in America just like they are now. Really the fighters will determine where the UFC is in 5 years. One question I wrestle with is "what is a UFC career compared to a boxing career?" Right now it seems like if you lose a fight in MMA in America you are done. That outlook cannot last because eventually every one loses. In five years I hope people will understand that because the UFC has such talent that you have great fights most/all of the time. That is where the UFC will be....where PRIDE was before they dropped the ball.
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I think one thing that UFC needs to do, is MUCH more televised events. Not just PPVs and a Fight Night every few months. There are enough fighters in MMA that UFC should have multiple live events every month. Showcasing basically the same fights every few months is not gonna cut it. They need more exposure.

Not to say they need to have absolute nobodys on the undercard and a half assed main event(boxing), but they should do more Fight Nights. Get more fighters exposure.

I think that is one thing UFC needs to do to grow into a true household commodity.
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