Welcome to the MMA Roundtable. This week, Roni, Joao and David talk Nate Diaz, The Ultimate Fighter, and Ben Askren!
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Roni: Nate fits right at the top IMO. he does need to evolve a little. Because people who stick and move (and do not fall for his taunts) always seem to win.
Joao: Nate is back in the mix for a title shot. He needs to beat another quality opponent before he gets a crack at it but this win gets him back on track after the two previous losses. A third loss in a row would have meant that Nate’s job security was suddenly a huge issue, but he’s got some breathing room now and can focus on working back into contention. The outcome of this fight was, in my personal opinion, a mild upset and now puts Maynard under a lot of pressure.
Roni: I like her! She is the Cain Velanques of WMMA. Use her to promote women’s MMA. because the way it’s going, she will be challenging for the belt soon!
Joao:I do not think the market and the fans can withstand 100 events a year. I mean, from a business perspective it arguably makes sense, but saturation will definitely be an issue. Plus several events will simply lack talent, they will be watered down.
3. Dana is looking at 100 events a year, can the Market (Hell can Fox) support this?
Roni: I think they can. but they need to change their ways. PPV is obviously not the answer, and nowadays it is too watered down.
4. Was having every fight on the Finale being a fight between cast members (except the main event) a good thing?
Roni: Yes. but again, like I noted. They need to change their formula. Make more events for the middle of the pack to climb up the ladder. And then PPV with all great fights.
Joao: The event is being considered by many as the worst UFC event in the UFC’s modern era. That is a stance that is open to discussion, obviously, but the fact that it was an overall bad night of fights isn’t. But I don’t think the format was entirely to blame, maybe it was simply a case of bad luck. At least UFC 168 is, on paper, a terrific event.
David: Considering no male fighters made the roster, I will remind you of the first TUF Finale, other than the Ken Shamrock/Rich Franklin headliner, every fight was between castmates. If the show does a better job promoting the fighters, then this is a good thing.
Roni: Well, IMO Dana is the one who should take the advice of virtually everyone else and make him an offer already. But if you ask me what he is supposed to do, I think he should sign up with any organization and show how much UFC is losing by not picking his contract.
Joao: Is there place for Askren in the UFC? Of course there is. Is Askren a boring fighter? Of course he is. Is Dana just being Dana? Absolutely.The UFC isn’t forced to sign every talented fighter out there and Askren’s style of fighting justifies that to an extent. But I do think we will eventually see Askren laying ‘n praying in the UFC somewhere in the future.
David: I can see why Dana doesn’t want Askren, he’s had a hard enough time getting rid of Fitch and Jacob Volkmann, and lets be honest, if GSP was from Montreal, Mississippi, he might be on Dana’s hate list as well.
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