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Old 04-29-2011, 04:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Non-title, five round fights are coming!

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TORONTO -- Five-round non-title fights are in the UFC's immediate future, UFC president Dana White said on Friday afternoon.

Until now, only championship fights have been five rounds, while all other fights have been three. The different structure would likely only be utilized for non-title main events, or other important bouts, like No. 1 contender fights.

White said that the UFC had planned to make June's UFC 131 main event, No. 1 contenders match between Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos a five-round fight, but felt it would be unfair to inform the fighters of the change after they had already begun preparations for the bout.

Five-round, non-title fights are allowed under the current unified rules, but have yet to be used by a major U.S. promotion. The motivation at least in part stems from the increased possibility of draws in three-round fights. As recently as February, Jon Fitch and BJ Penn ended a No. 1 contenders fight in a draw.

"I hate draws worse than anything," White said, then explaining that the possibility of a tie was one of his problems with soccer.

"You sit there and watch a game for hours and nobody wins?" he said. "I don't get it. That's one thing I hate about fights, too. Draws suck."

White gave no timetable for the first time the new format would be used.
Source: MMAFighting.com

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Old 04-29-2011, 04:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Seems like Lesnar vs. Dos Santos would be perfect time. Wonder if one of them objected.

I bet BJ is glad that they hadn't implemented it befor ehis fight with Fitch. As much as I like BJ and think he won the fight I think Fitch demoralized him in roind 3.
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Fantastic, a good move in the quest for more decisive results in important fights.
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It's not like Lesnar-JDS would go past three rounds anyways, they should have just started there.
Overall though this is a great idea that is long overdue, and you can't really complain about getting to see longer fights!
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I remember this was being talked about a year ago, I'm really glad it finally came to fruition. Fights like Machida/Couture deserve 5 rounds. It's a shame this hasn't happened sooner, but I'm nonetheless excited for when we see our first non-title fight 5 rounder.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It's not like Lesnar-JDS would go past three rounds anyways...
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So true!

Diego Sanchez or Clay Guida would be happy to see this implemented...2 cardio freaks! what more would they ask for?!

And great news btw.
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I think the point was missed...

The purpose of a 5 round non-title fight is for #1 contender matches, or the off chance of a headliner

A: to get a clear and decisive winner

B: They need to be ready for a 5 rounder in the title-shot anyways..

Randy / Machdia, not a good example, plus 3 -5 round fights in a row would be dragging it out.

Evans / Davis, pointless in the sense if somehow Davis wins, Rampage is the next in line.
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I think the point was missed...

The purpose of a 5 round non-title fight is for #1 contender matches, or the off chance of a headliner

A: to get a clear and decisive winner

B: They need to be ready for a 5 rounder in the title-shot anyways..

Randy / Machdia, not a good example, plus 3 -5 round fights in a row would be dragging it out.

Evans / Davis, pointless in the sense if somehow Davis wins, Rampage is the next in line.

While I see your point, I'd contest that Machida/Couture is relevant to contedorship status. But, like you said it's already on a relatively stacked card, so even if non-title five rounders were already being shown, it's unlikely this would be one of them.

However, I think the direction five round non-title fights will take won't neccessarily reflect on the very little amount of detail that's been released about them now, because they seem to have grey areas. I think what'll define the presence of how often we see these fights, is how they're perceived by casual fans. If people are enjoying longer fighters, it seems obvious we'll see more of them. If it's something they come to find tedious, then I think it's also obvious that they'll pick select PPVs to show them -- if not abolish them entirely.

That being said, until the casual fan base starts to appreciate the technical aspect of MMA more, I doubt we'll see too many of them. But MMA is in a currently evolving state, and so are its fans. It'll be interesting to see what this new dynamic does for fights. I for one, am certainly hopeful to get more five-rounders out of fights that could easily go that long, which is why I indicated the Machida Couture fight would be fun to see as a five rounder. I wasn't so much considering that it was already a part of a stacked PPV.
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