Does UFC Protect Its Biggest Stars?

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  1. Blackjack

    Blackjack Black Belt

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    Do you think The UFC protects its biggest stars, the fighters who are the biggest draws, by keeping them from having to face the toughest competition and/or in other ways?

    If The UFC gets a champion who draws over a million PPV buys whenever he main events a card, don't you think The UFC would do certain things to try to ensure that fighter remains champion? If so, then aren't they walking a very fine line between what pro wrestling does where they give the biggest pushes to guys who make the most money for the promotion and give them long title reigns and/or lots of title reigns?
     
  2. FallonFoxGOAT

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    The UFC definitely protects some contenders from having hard match-ups before getting to the title shot in some divisions.
     
  3. hot carl

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    cyborg who?

    lol

    i think as far as the men go, not so much, at least as far as champions go, but contenders on the other hand, some have an easier line to the title than others (no one comes to mind so i might be full of shit).

    as far as ronda goes, the most obvious fight for her is cyborg, and dana seems to have done everything he can to make sure she is not signed. it might be a coincidence, but I doubt it.
     
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    VIP1349 Silver Belt

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    They'd be stupid to have thrown guys like DC and Gus together back in February. If the top contenders faced top contenders every single time there would never be any new contenders.

    They don't have a choice.
     
  5. surgeyou1

    surgeyou1 Welcome to the Machida Era...Part Deux

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    Of course...otherwise GSP vs Anderson would have happened 4 years ago
     
  6. theanticool

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    Biggest stars (as in champs)? No. Contenders? In some divisions, yeah.
     
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    Was Cain ever matched up against Carwin?
     
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    TFanatic Silver Belt

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    You mean besides give her a contract, offer to pay to fight at 145 in Invicta until she can make 135? The contract She and Tito asked to be released from?
     
  9. AP_RESURRECTION

    AP_RESURRECTION Gold Belt

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    yea i agree there
     
  10. Quarthon

    Quarthon Blue Belt

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    No. Simply because the fans know what a good matchup is and UFC wants high PPV numbers.
     
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    Bigj383 Gold Belt

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    Absolutely not... UFC champs always have the toughest fights. If you can keep hope of a UFC title for any length of time you are a great fighter.
     
  12. spid3yo

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    You can't be serious with that logic......I got trolled right
     
  13. mma2013

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    you should consider educating yourself about why cyborg hasn't been able to fight in the ufc before making this statement. it's just wrong.
     
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    For LHW, he's kind of right. Hendo, Shogun, Sonnen, and Lil Nog are sitting around at the bottom of the top 10. You gotta stretch those able body contenders out.
    At WW, LW, or FW it doesn't really matter as much.
     
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    yeah, they really protected their biggest PPV draws in Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva and GSP (he arguably lost to Hendricks) didn't they?
     
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    Usually no, but Ronda is clearly being protected from Cyborg.
     
  17. Blackjack

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    They protect their HW Champ from Mark Hunt. Hunt has never been given a shot at the title. But we all know that on any given night Mark Hunt has the potential to beat anybody. Same with Werdum. He has never been given a shot at the UFC HW title. Could it be that they don't think Werdum or Hunt would be good draws? Yet look at how many shots at the title Mir has gotten over the years! Mir is better at interviews than Werdum or Hunt and he has a good look.
     
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    Free_MMAson Banned Banned

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    First and foremost, it protects its brand. All other questions can be answered from this.
     
  19. Blark

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    Only in MMA can you duck a person who has never competed in your weight class or is even in the same promotion as the champion.

    Don't get it twisted, I want to see the fight too. But there's enough examples of the UFC not really protecting champions. That doesn't really happen.
     

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