Originally Posted by KillerShark1985
this is inaccurate and chances nothing, for a start including the Prelims WEC event hosted 10 or 11 fights per night, the prelims they are now showing on Facebook where always on the cards anyway so these are not extra fights they are just the fight that where always on anyway only now they show them on FB.
The point its that without the WEC events there has so far been this year 40 fights less than this time less year, those 40 fights no matter if you see them or not, they help to build the division and bring new contenders though the ranks, without those fights the sport suffers due to lack of development in the divisions and more fighters been out of action, 40 fights that 80 fighters that have suffered from not been in action, thats is in no way what so ever good for the sport.
The Merge of the WEC was a huge negative hit to the sport, as will be the loss of Strikeforce.
Again i have to say: too pesimistic Killer.
I know you were against the UFC-WEC merger and the ZUFFA-SF buy-out, but this won't stop the sport from evolving.
Not at all!
It's events like UFC 129 that help the sport evolve and expand all over the world.
It's the UFC showing more and more fights on Facebook that helps build on the popularity of the sport.
It's having more and more champions compete in the UFC, world class fighters, the most skilled fighters out there - that helps this sport evolve.
Yes - with the WEC's *disappearance* the fans have lost the opportunity to watch more fights.
And yes, the WEC has its merits on making fighters like Pettis, Henderson, Also, Cruz, Faber, Bowles and others - known tot he large audience.
WEC was their trambuline to the big stage. Who knows?! Without WEEC, maybe they woulnd't have ende up at this level today.
But, with the merger, there have been a lot of fighters released from the UFC. And let's be honest, the majority of those fighters - 70%+ - were mediocre at best.
And, atm the WEC fighters are taking their places on the UFC cards.
And it is my honest opinion that the quality of the fights/events has gone up significantly this year.
Proof: the Alves vs Story fight is gonna be on the undercard!
That's what this comes down to imo.
Quality before quantity! ... Even though the undercard fighters put on some great fights sometimes.
And, i am happy for the WEC fighters, who made switch to the UFC. Like i've said in my previous post: guys like the Korean Zombie:
"I'm especially glad to finally get my pay above the $5,000 level since I was stuck there for so long," Jung told MMAjunkie.com with a laugh. "I'm glad to finally move up in pay level."
(after his win over Garcia)
I find it ridiculous that fighters like him were doing 5,000 per fight in WEC. Considering the hard work he puts in, the expenses - trainers, doctors, fight gear, food, vitamins, travelling etc...
More than ridiculous.
Now fighters like him can eran a decent pay and focus on training, become a better fighter, in order to reach the top = better quality fighter.
I just wouldn't feel good to watch these guys fight all year long, with 2 months breaks between fights, knowing they make a shitty living with the money they earn - just so i can enjoy seeing them bat the crap out of eachother, for my/our amusement.
That's not cool.
And Dana said it annyway: he wants to have weekly events scheduled in the future.
So, don't worry. Have some patience.