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Is Championship Volatility Good Or Bad For The UFC?

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by Concrete Whale, Aug 1, 2016.

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  1. Concrete Whale Banned Banned

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    WRT my highly influential Churn thread which many read and started their own copycat threads from but no one replied to
    http://forums.sherdog.com/threads/the-churn-welcome-to-ufc-3-0.3303359/

    http://www.lowkickmma.com/polls/is-championship-volatility-good-or-bad-for-the-ufc/

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    It’s Sunday morning, and the MMA world is collectively left to sit and chew on yet another shocking upset in a UFC title fight.

    Today, it comes in the form of Tyron Woodley’s first-round knockout of Robbie Lawler in the main event of last night’s (Sat., July 30, 2016) UFC 201 from Philips Arena in Atlanta, and while we probably shouldn’t be all that surprised due to “T-Wood’s” power and Lawler’s propensity for getting hit, it’s simply the latest in a long line of touted champions who just can’t hold onto their belts for all that long in today’s evolving MMA landscape.

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    All in all, seven champions have been dethroned already in 2016 after Dominick Cruz, Miesha Tate, Stipe Miocic, Michael Bisping, Eddie Alvarez, Amanda Nunes, and now Woodley unseated relatively new champions in their own right. Gone are the days of dominant champions like Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre. Jon Jones is still here, technically, but his own actions have put a serious halt to his otherwise dominant career that is now on hold for an undetermined amount of time.

    To put it in a stark kind of perspective, since Woodley last fought and beat Kelvin Gastelum by split decision at UFC 182, the only champ from that time to still have the belt is Demetrious Johnson after Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Rafael dos Anjos, Daniel Cormier, Fabricio Werdum, Holly Holm, Luke Rockhold, and Conor McGregor all won their respective titles in 2015. That’s 14 new champs in a year-and-a-half, folks, and that’s the kind of shakeup that can only be seen in mixed martial arts.

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  2. Vulcan Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    don't worry about it bro they are just keeping the belts warm while the legit dominant champions come up
     
  3. welcometohavoc Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    In my opinion championship stability is always preferable, without it, it makes it seem as if anyone with a little toughness and training can be champion
     
  4. Hazuki Ryo Purple Belt

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    Good : Bringing up new prospects and possibly more marketable fighters to the top.

    Bad : When you have a dominant champion, it brings more big fights and more money in the cashier

    Sooo undecided.
     
  5. JDragon Lawn and Order!

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    Imo mainly bad. It diminishes the value of the title. Consider what the WW title meant during GSP's reign and compare to today. Or consider Anderson's reign and compare to today.

    I feel it is increasingly like 'yeah he won the title but it means little because the next challenger will likely beat him anyway'.
     
  6. CassiusJacare Blue Belt

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    Good for us fans. Exciting fights and belts continually changing hands means a really competitive era in almost every weight-class.

    Bad for the UFC, and us to less extent, in regards to not having dominant 'superstars' or fighters with an 'aura of invincibility '(Andy, GSP, Fedor, Jones, Aldo etc...)
     
  7. Irishwhiskey119 Banned Banned

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    Doesn't matter if it's good or not because it's reality.

    That's what makes this sport better than any other. You can be amazing at one thing but someone else is gonna beat you being amazing at something else.

    Paper, Rock, Scissors unless someone becomes great at everything.
     
  8. The Accuser Brown Belt

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    Good and bad.

    It makes for more excitement pre fight because you know anything can happen, unlike during GSP's reign for example.

    On the other hand it makes for less dominant champions and less "larger than life" figures around whom a whole weight class can be built. As somebody else said, the belt means a little bit less now.

    So for me it's bittersweet, really.
     
  9. blazerkor Purple Belt

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    I love it personally but if you are the UFC you want well established superstars and the only way to get those outside of striking gold with a great personality, is having a longstanding champ.
     
  10. Goatenstein Black Belt

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    The stars are all dying out. Soon all that exists is darkness. The UFC is a $4 billion dying company.
     
  11. BomberMan Brown Belt

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    Mostly bad. It delegitimizes the sport to a certain degree, that's why IMO champs like GSP, JBJ and Anderson (during their respective title reigns obviously) are so impressive.
     
  12. EGarrett Silver Belt

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    Good question. The constant changing of the title creates interest, but without one champion to connect to, we don't form any of the other emotional connections that we get (like the champion representing the gold standard, or being a likable or admirable person, where we have an emotional stake in him or her winning), so ultimately I think the volatility is a bad thing.
     
  13. BLACKWOLF Blue Belt

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    It makes the dominant champs look better, never has DJ looked better
     
  14. SSgt Dickweed Red Belt

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    I think there should be at least two weight classes where there champions that dominate and have 5+ defenses. As long as you have that, the rest can be as volatile as they get. This would be good for business. But then again, non-draws like Mighty Mouse are simply non-draws.
     
  15. Substance Abuse Plutonium Belt Platinum Member

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    In reality or on Sure Dawg?

    Here, the posters don't appreciate legends, let alone champions. Here it's all irrelevant and just hate. So here, it doesn't really matter.
     
  16. IndyCovaHart Steel Belt

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    as long as the fights stay exciting I could give two shits about hot potato belts.
     
  17. Clippy I'M HUNGRY!!!

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    People get way too invested in lengthy winning streaks. And lately nobody can hold on to the fucking belt
     
  18. spinitch Purple Belt

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    Shows Champs are defending vs evading. Champs get to much time to avoid defending. +6 months should have interim then +1 yr stripped
     
  19. qw3rty Silver Belt

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    I agree with that
    Rogan can't talk about some current champion who is gonna fight is "the best p4p eva" when the belt is changing hands so much
     
  20. awymore Brown Belt

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    Really? So you can't think of any other sport that had a new champ this year? Golf, tennis, NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, all of these had repeat champs?
     

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