Originally Posted by KillerShark1985
Im serious when I say that I don't think the WEC merge has helped them out at all, nor do I think the its helping the lower weight divisions, FW and BW where better off in there own specialist promotion now they are just filling the prelims and taking up valuable space at the low end of the main cards taking focus away from the bigger fights I personally and I think a lot of other people would like to see.
Although there are those that may disagree, but I personally and I am sure there are many others like me that feel let down when a FW or BM fight is on the main cards knowing full well we would of been getting those fights anyway through WEC and instead its taking away from what the UFC could be delivering. I feel the same in fact when I see any WEC fighter on the main card.
With all the focus on the lower weight division the UFC is starting to look in terms of quality of fighters and matches like a second rate promotion, if you take away all the fancy presentation and hype the UFC creates through brand then that what you are left with
The fans are in no way better off with the BW and FW divisions in the WEC. Spike is in about 25,000,000 more homes than Versus, which gives them exposure to a much larger audience.
WEC 53, with both Pettis-Henderson and Cruz-Jorgenson for title fights averaged 615k viewers
. Aldo's title fights on VS. never broke an average audience of 500k. Faber as the FW champ was the only thing that ever attracted a considerably larger audience to VS.
UFC Fight Night 22: Marquardt vs. Palhares scored an average of 1.2M
viewers, double a WEC card with two belts on the line, but that was still the worst figure in the series' history. UFC 122: Marquardt v. Okami, which was significantly tape delayed, did 2.2M
I can't believe there's even discussion about this being good for the fans. It dramatically increases the profile of WEC fighters by exposing them to the UFC's audience, who never would have seen them in the WEC, and Zuffa is putting on essentially the same number of events for the UFC (31 was the target) this year as they did for the the UFC and WEC (32 events) last year. And since it looks like they moved the maximum number of fights on a card from 11 to 12 (UFC 127 has 12 rumored fights) the total number of matches looks to essentially stay the same.
So more people can see more fights, considering the upgrade in number of events on channels people actually watch. That sounds like a good thing to me.