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Two New Weightclasses, Same Amount of Contracted Fighters?

LuckyD2010-12-12 02:15:51 +0000 #1
I thought this was an interesting read today from the main page:

It stems from the Harris release, but brought up a point I didn't realize. With FW and BW being brought into the mix, it seems the UFC is going to try and keep the same amount of contracted fighters.

I figured that when the merger took place that there would be space for the FW/BW guys on their own, not that they are placed into the UFC at the expense of someone else's job. Granted, that is a harsh way of looking at it but I don't see how else I can sugar coat that.

Also, after the merger I thought it would have been a good idea to put on a UFC show perhaps just on Versus with a "Bushido" type feel to it. Maybe just with the LW's and below competing to keep a focus on in-ring action.

It seems like Gerald Harris was just the first of probably quite a few "WTF" releases we'll see soon. I know there are several UFC guys who aren't really even at gatekeeper level at their respective division, so some of the cuts will be justified, but with the FW/BW fighters coming in the report is saying that it's likely that as much as 10 fighters from each division (excluding HW I'm sure) on average will be released. I really don't see how that's going to work out. There's going to be a isht-load of 'fight for your job' bouts going on now, with the possibility of both the winner and loser being released.

I'd like to add that some things in that report are just flat out erroneous, as in there aren't 28 BW's to be brought in to begin with. Although if he's talking averages then it's more fair to report on which weightclasses employ the most fighters. Clearly it's LW right now, with WW probably behind it. I'm assuming we'll get a fair amount of LW's dropping to 145 as well.

How do you all think this will play out? I really don't think there will be as many releases as is being reported right now, but really who the **** knows at this point.

RPD2010-12-12 02:29:24 +0000 #2
I don't understand why they don't just expand the roster, maybe have more free fight cards?
OnyxShadow2010-12-12 02:26:39 +0000 #3
Didn't I also hear that 125 was coming, too? So 3 additional weight classes...
PITTFOX2010-12-12 02:59:36 +0000 #4
This will cull some of the chaff though, so it's not all that bad. Literally every UFC so many people complain excessively about fighters who aren't barely worth being on a main card. If it gets rid of the low level nameless fighters to bring in guys like Aldo, Faber, Jorgenson, Benevidez, Pettis, Cruz, Bowles, Torres, etc, then it's worth it.
cheeto1012010-12-12 04:05:10 +0000 #5
As long as they make the cuts the right ones, then good for them. Imo cutting a prospect after a loss isn't a big deal imo as long as its done in the right way so they want to come back. Its like sending a guy back to the minors for development. The trick is doing it so they don't go to your competitor (strikeforce).

Really, there is some chaff that could be cut in the UFC, so thats ok with me.
Onion2010-12-12 03:07:54 +0000 #6

Originally Posted by OnyxShadow

Didn't I also hear that 125 was coming, too? So 3 additional weight classes...

I don't see that happening anymore.



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