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Old 05-08-2011, 05:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Should the UFC introduce open weight fights?

like the pride days? super fights would be a lot easier to come by if it was there and gsp wouldn't have the excuse of going up and down weight classes, and we would have a lot more intriguing big name fights. i also think we should adapt a 10 minute first round but thats another thread.

anyways discuss
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No, for MMA to grow we need feeder leagues and those leagues need all the big gimmicks (Tournaments, HW's, Womens, Open weight fights) to be successful the UFC needs to be strictly about competing for titles/top ten placement.
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I'd say no too. MMA is becoming more and more of a legit sport and unfortunately that means we are gonna lose some of the cool gimmicks that the early days of the sport offered. IMO we gain a lot more from MMA moving in this direction then we are losing. Gimmicks as fun as they are, are still just gimmicks and i'd take MMA adopting a serious sporting approach in the future than a gimmicky one.
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I generally agree with the posts above, it would be a step back for the sport if this started happening, i wouldn't be completely against it for one offs but generally these fights are more about the spectical than the sport - they dont do anything for the sport or fighters they just showcase a tiny midget submitting a huge giant.. leave that to the Japanese.
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Well there's absolutely no need to - there are already numerous fighters who fight in more than 1 division anyway. With the GSP-Silva matchup, GSP would still use the same reasoning behind not fighting Silva - Silva is 'too big', and would be 'too big' whether there were openweight fights or not.

Also, who wants to see fighters who are more than 1 division apart fight anyway? eg, HW v MW, or LW v MW? There are no so called 'superfights' between fighters more than 1 division apart, thus they can be arranged by either one fighter moving up, the other down, or even at a catchweight.
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i like fights like penn vs leben or silva vs cro cop or cain vs bones or aldo vs pettis, i thought you guys liked monster fights?
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i like fights like penn vs leben or silva vs cro cop or cain vs bones or aldo vs pettis, i thought you guys liked monster fights?
Good fight but i reckon Penn would submit him in the first or second.
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Hell yeah. I reckon GSP would do much better weighing in at his usual weight against Silva without bulking up, so go for it.
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Absolutely not.

Discredits the UFC as a real sports organization, and just a company who puts people beating each other up.
It's seeing if bigger and stronger is better than smaller and quicker. That's not what you want in a real sports organization. You want to put 2 guys who are similar in terms of physical specimen, and see how skill plays out.

Not to mention, it takes away all structure and ranking. If you have Alexander Gustaffson beat up GSP, does that make Gustaffson a #1 contender, or one of the best p4p?

If there was a fight fans REALLY wanted to see between 2 weight classes (a-la GSP/Silva), they already have a solution - catch-weight fights. Though it still kinda throws off the structure, the outcome of the fight would still be relevant.

In conclusion; in terms of idea and possibilities, it's pretty cool. In terms of reality, I personally never wanna see it.
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No. For sure I would not like it in the UFC. I enjoy a freakshow as much as the next person, but not in the biggest most serious league. Leave it to the smaller promotions or the masters of it being the japanese.
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