If The UFC Wants To Be Considered A Mainstream, Legitimate Sport

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  1. Blackjack

    Blackjack Black Belt

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    There is something more important than drug testing for The UFC to ever have a chance of becoming a mainstream legitimate sport and that is mandatory title defenses. As it stands now, there is no rule regarding how often a champion must defend his title. A fighter can go a year without a single title defense and then if he says he still needs another 3 months or 4 months to feel like defending his title, The UFC booker just says, "OK, stay home. Defend your title when you're feeling better."

    Holding on to a UFC Title should be one of the hardest things to do in all of sports. It would be except that fighters don't have any obligation to defend every 90 days, every 120 days, every 180 days, or even once a year! Any champion can maintain his status as UFC Champion for a whole year when he's allowed to go a whole tear without even one title defense!

    In other sports if an athlete or a team of athletes is scheduled to compete and they pull out because they claim they're injured, it's a forfeit! In The UFC there is no punishment for missing a scheduled fight. A true champion should be more than somebody who just happened to defeat the previous champion and went the next 12 or 15 months without fighting. A true champion has the toughness to avoid getting injured on a regular basis, and has the toughness to defend his title whether he feels good or not that night, because of this reason: He gave his word he would defend his title that night!

    There needs to be a maximum number of days that a fighter can go without defending his title and still be allowed to keep his title. If he goes even one day longer than the maximum number of days allowed to go without defending, he should be stripped of his title. Being skilled and having the necessary tools to be able to defeat the previous champion is one thing that qualifies someone as a UFC Champion but if he wants to stay UFC Champion he needs to do more. He needs to show that besides being able to take the title from the previous champ, he needs to be tough enough to be willing to go into a fight sick, or with an injury, even if that means he might only be at 80% that night. He needs to be durable to so that he rarely gets anything more than a minor injury. He needs to be smart enough to know how to train hard, yet also train intelligently so as to avoid injuries due to using bad form or because of overtraining.
     
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    bigeastgi43 Banned Banned

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  3. Harmonica

    Harmonica Strong, silent type

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    UFC is a sport? Didn't know that. Come to think of it, I once knew a guy who trained UFC. He was a force to be reckoned with in street fights.
     
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    delrey1 Banned Banned

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    Did he wear t-shirt with UFC logo on it? If yes, he's definitely legit
     
  5. MMAfanboy4life

    MMAfanboy4life Blue Belt

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    Injuries are a part of the sport, best to just accept that now rather than later...
     
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    tramendous Silver Belt

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    i just wish theyd stop caring about being 'a legitimate sport'. be a spectacle of fighting. bring in screaming pride lady, the martial arts production value and make mma great again.
     
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    RTL NostraMMAus™ Platinum Member

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    There's no doubt that this is a problem, and certain fighters exploit it.

    There's a clear incentive to stay out of the octagon while concurrently holding onto the belt, and that's to rake in all of the elevated appearance fees that comes with being UFC champion, and don't think the managers/representation of champions don't know this.

    Six months should be the absolute limit, and any reason why a title can't be defended during that timeframe (including injuries) should result in a title strip.
     
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    IDGETKTFO White Belt

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    If they can strip Jon Jones for hitting a pregnant women, anything is possible.
     
  9. Harmonica

    Harmonica Strong, silent type

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    Тепаут.
     
  10. UL

    UL no more yellows

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    Never going to happen.

    It isn't going to grow anymore
     
  11. dakotaman

    dakotaman White Belt

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    UFC is not a sport but a business, the business of selling tickets and airtime to people who want to have a fun time watching two people fight using many different forms of fighting. Who really cares who is the champion?
     
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  13. TheUnchosenOne

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    Team sports also have more than one player on the team. It's a little different in an individual sport.
     
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    Does Amir Khan UFC?
     
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    johnnyroastbeef Banned Banned

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    defend every 6 months or you strip that
     
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    thobra Black Belt

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    Have the belt on the line two times a year. December and july - If the champion don't want to fight, the no 2 guy steps in.
     
  17. Blackjack

    Blackjack Black Belt

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    Fighting despite having mild to moderate injuries is part of being a champion. Being smart enough to avoid getting injured too often is also part of being a champion.
     
  18. Choco

    Choco I can quit any day..

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    I would say, if the situation warrants it (injuries or similar) give a maximun of year to defend the belt, with maybe a three month prorrogue if there is a signed contract to defent the belt in this period. If the figther relapses strip him ("The fighter announces that he releases the belt"), automatically, no excuses.

    When the figther finally make it back, titleshot ASAP.
     
  19. Me&MrJones

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    New rule:
    If you become champion you should defend your title at the next event?
     

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