Last week the UFC on FX card had a few good fights, but man was the undercard stacked full off fighters who should not be fighting in the organization. I undertand that there are more cards than ever these days and other factors come into play such as injury replacements, etc, but the bar is way too low to get into the UFC these days. During the event, I posted the tweet by Tomas Rios that read something like this:
When i read it, i laughed, but it was true. To many random guys filling up the roster these days. Just a week ago or so, Zuffa cut about 10 guys. I think it's time they cut about 30.Up next, Anonymous white guy #42 versus Anonymous white guy #67
I've never been one of the people saying their is oversaturation of the sport, but these type of lineups make it feel that way. I still don't think fewer cards is necessary to avoid this problem. I think the following things would help:
I think 10 fights a card is plenty, especially with all 5 round main eventers. Dropping from 12 fights to 10 drops a large amount of filler fights on a yearly basis.
Stop guaranteeing a second chance for stepping up on late notice. It's sweet that Gabe Rudiger was willing to get his ass beat by Lauzon, but do we really need to see him again to know he's not UFC caliber? He is getting paid 10X what he would have gotten elsewhere and is being given an opporunity to show he belongs. I think that's enough compensation for short notice.
Start having these guys fight more often. I understand not everyone is going to be like Cowboy and try to fight 5 times a year, but for your mid level guys, 4-5 isn't out of the question. No reason high level guys shouldn't be fighting 3-4 times if they want to. From what I read, most guys would like to fight more. Some of the top level fighters may want to only fight 2 times a year, but that should be a small minority.
I think Prelims are starting to look more and more like boxing cards, and that is not a good thing. Part of the appeal of MMA is that fans are more incclined to care about the guys fighting on the 6th figh of the card than the guys fighting on the 2nd fight in a boxing card. Now, i may be skipping over my first UFC PPV since Franklin v Okami and my favorite all time fighter is headlining (Wanderlei).