…well, one of the things. From the Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons:
This doesn’t mean the UFC is in any kind of serious trouble, it means it has hit a roadblock or two and is no longer this hard-to-explain meteoric star. Those who know the game best say it may be time for UFC to take a step backwards now, analyze where they are, where they aren’t going, take a deep breath and do some introspection, and compress its schedule ever so slightly.
Instead of having 12 bouts on a card, why not nine?
Instead of having too many pay-per-view cards, why not be more selective, and in this case take a page from the dreaded boxing world and do three or four huge events a year rather than push people — and bars — to have this happen so often it comes over exposed.
FWIW, I happen to think he’s right on the money. I even echoed (or whatever the equivalent is for when you do so beforehand) these sentiments in a recent piece for Spike TV (Injuries aren’t an epidemic, they’re a trend).
Basically, the UFC is getting greedy. They got overzealous in their booking, putting too many fights on too many shows without enough marquee stars. As a result, the last few months have happened. And are still happening, with Frank Mir getting injured last week.
This goes back to my feelings on the Jon Jones situation, which is that it wasn’t Jon Jones’s fault that UFC 151 was cancelled. But if Dana White is to be believed, it wasn’t the fault of Dan Henderson for withholding an injury from them until a week before belltime, or the UFC’s fault for having too many goddamn cards and not a good enough one to survive without the main event. Nope. It’s all Jon Jones’s fault for not taking the fight against “legal” steroid user Chael Sonnen.
The venom didn’t stop there. He then went on to attack Bellator because after contracts expire, it’s written in that they have the right to match any offer that comes their way. Which Dana White calls “scummy,” even though a similar clause appears in many, many athletes’ contracts, including but not limited all major sports in the United States.
Oh, and he also called Spike TV (disclosure: I obviously do work for them) a “terrible channel,” then immediately tried to convince us that “The Ultimate Fighter” is in a better place on FX in a terrible Friday night time slot that has done all but shit in the ratings. What he didn’t mention were all those FX and UFC on Fuel cards that were completely destroyed in the ratings by Spike TV showing reruns of fights from upwards of five years ago.
If your head is spinning, don’t worry. That’s just the alarm on your bullshit detector going off.