Why 2014 will be exactly the way it should be for MMA.
I understand what has happened with GSP, Anderson, Cain being sidelined, and even to a lesser degree, the more notable fighters of the last ten years either being almost unheard of, or losing so much they are surviving in other organizations, but there is something that needs to be considered.
I remember being the guy who had to rent UFC vhs tapes from Jungle video, the guy who was sitting up late almost crying when Cro Cop got k-oed by Randleman in in Pride, lol, yes, streaming it from japan, or even just the Sherdog updates.
For all these new fans who think only Anderson, or Rousey are the people anyone will watch, you need to learn, as the sport keeps progressing, there will be more evolved styles, new fighters, and more to carry the flag.
Everyone nagging about the next few months of cards needs to go down the list and look at some of the fights being put together, some of the potential match ups that will come out of those results and set the pace for future title match ups.
The UFC as a brand will come through with some additional fan based match ups, but for me, who can sit here watching Jones/Gus on Fox 1 today, knowing we got Machida/Mousasi coming up, Hendrix/Lawler, Conduit/Woodley, Vitor/Weidman, Hunt vs Anyone, Browne's smashing of Barnett, plus all the little guys and the addition of the womens divisions, things are looking great.
Also, there is no way Georges, who has been competing at such a high level will be able to sit back much longer, unless things are deeply psychological, or criminal. His return would be the biggest to the sport and nothing will be expected of him, as he won't be the champ.
Personally, if the UFC plans their chess pieces in the right places they will continue to build the sport. The right card vs Bisping in England. Hunt in Australia... Brazil and on...
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