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MMA Roundtable: DEC 6th

Welcome to the MMA Roundtable. This week, Roni, Joao and David talk Nate Diaz, The Ultimate Fighter, and Ben Askren!

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Maynard Diaz1. Where does Nate Diaz fit in the 155 realm?

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.

Perhaps Nate’s next fight should be against TJ Grant?
David: Nate says he is moving to 170, and he needs to. There is a serious line in front of him at 155 to take on Anthony Pettis, and with Gilbert also looking for a title shot, if they are not going to face each other, then its going to be hard to have good matchups. I do think he can get a bit of a rub off his brothers big-selling fight vs GSP, and if Hendricks wins the rematch, a Diaz/Hendricks would be awesome!

2. Julianna Pena, What do you do with her?Julianna Pena

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.

2012 saw 31 events and 2013 will end with 33 events. Ramping that up to 100 events simply seems not feasible. And with 30 to 35 events a year it’s not exactly as if there aren’t enough fights been aired.
David: Here is the problem. How many fights can she win before she is pushed for a title? You have Meisha who is getting the next shot, Cat who is next in line, then Sara McMann- who is the best person I think to take Ronda’s title. Pena has already beaten the Queen of Spades, maybe a full rematch, Liz Carmouche, then who? Jessica Eye? A 3 fight winning streak for a woman that hot? She’s going to have to get a title shot.

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.

Make most shows on free Tv with 1 or 2 good fights, and make mega-events on PPV. because the way it is, it is just terrible. The PPV events are not worthy of the money. not with that many events per year. PPV should be special IMO.
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.

2012 saw 31 events and 2013 will end with 33 events. Ramping that up to 100 events simply seems not feasible. And with 30 to 35 events a year it’s not exactly as if there aren’t enough fights been aired.
David: I really don’t see why they can’t get half that, if you count TUF shows into that. I could see 2 shows a month, plus a PPV. The UFC is going to have to think about how they structure the cards a bit better. I’m sure there are fighters like Faber that is not going to want to headline a Fox Sports 2 card over being 3rd from the top on a PPV, moving forward,  the UFC is going to have to adjust a pay plan to compensate those fighters. Unless you want to see Court McGee headline a show.

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.

5. Should Ben Askren take Dana’s advice and look to WSOF for his next fight?Ben Askren

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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