Originally Posted by PorkPiePusher
Then you'd have a top 5 fighter go into training camp for a title fight, and not fight in the end - horrible waste. Camp is grueling yo, so I'm imagining that title fight camp is grueling x 5 + cutting weight (hard and unhealthy), for no fight at all, and if Dana wanted to give that fighter a fight anyway to reward him with going through camp, that would mean that another top 5-10 fighter would have to go through camp. It would just be cruel.
yeah it makes no sense. you can only train and peak for a 3 or 5 round fight so many times in a year before you're over training and wearing your body down.
and then how much does the ufc pay the fighter for training 10 or whatever weeks to not even fight in the end? any fighter who put up with the camp and paid all the expenses a camp requires would want a full purse (and they'd never have the possibility of winning the bonus either--not a great deal).
so yeah, it doesn't make sense. better for dana and co. to call around when a fighter pulls out and find out who among better guys are in shape and not getting fat on a cruise and whatnot.