Why UFC has no Grand Prix Tournament?

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  1. DaviVasco

    DaviVasco Green Belt

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    Hi Guys,

    As a big fan of the old and extinct PRIDE, I really do not understand why UFC has no Grand Prix Tournament. It is really fun to have 8 of the best fighters of the division fighting each other on elimination rounds to see who is the champion.

    By doing a grand prix, you make sure that several fighters have a chance to win a belt without having to wait years for a title shot. And you also make sure that champions do not have to choose opponents, since whoever wins will face each other (Jon Jones anyone? )

    Maybe UFC is trying to protect the legacy of some champions? Because I bet a Grand Prix would sell much more PPV than the watered down cards.

    What are your thoughts?
     
  2. abcjo

    abcjo White Belt

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    Because the UFC has their own model of marketing their own promotion.
     
  3. tkotom

    tkotom Fedor belt

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    If it is a Pride style GP it could be cool but I don't think it would work with the UFC model of doing things.

    If it is a Strikeforce style GP then it is no good because.. well.. just look at what happened with the Strikeforce GP.
     
  4. Highflyer

    Highflyer Brown Belt

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    I like tournaments. But not too much though. Just have it once a year or something infrequent like that. More than that then it becomes Bellator-ish; too much.

    Even a smaller company like Strikeforce garnered a lot of attention when it did the HW tourney.
     
  5. HydralisK

    HydralisK Surrounded By Ahos

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    Because it's not safe for guys to fight multiple times a night. We're not trying to kill fighters. The old barbaric days of MMA are gone. Deal with it.
     
  6. SeattleFightFan

    SeattleFightFan Steel Belt

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    multiple reasons, but they all revolve around the same reason:

    tourneys lock in specific bouts. Zuffa prefers the flexibility of choosing their own bout.
     
  7. DaviVasco

    DaviVasco Green Belt

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    And Yet I see no fighters from that era complaining about " the barbaric" Pride.

    PRIDE >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>UFC
     
  8. Lethal_Striker

    Lethal_Striker Silver Belt

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    UFC has had bad luck with tournaments is why they've shied away from them. They did a 4 man LW tournament at UFC 39 and 41, only for it to end in a draw between Penn and Uno. The disaster that was McCall vs. Johnson ending in a draw even though they put in provisions in advance to avoid that situation.

    TUF is as close to UFC running a tournament anymore.
     
  9. mma2013

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    100% agree. that's so true.
     
  10. pclanadmin2

    pclanadmin2 SFA3 Belt

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    i never thought of it that way. good point.
     
  11. Kneeuinthenutz

    Kneeuinthenutz Steel Belt

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    I have been a very strong proponent of a GP for a long time. Everyone loves a bracket style tournament. It creates lots of buzz, and anticipation.

    FYI - There is no requirement that you have to fight multiple times in 1 night.

    IMO - The UFC should be doing a new GP every year with a different weight class. They had a perfect opportunity to do it with the WW's.
     
  12. Highflyer

    Highflyer Brown Belt

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    I think the fighters will be fine. PRIDE had it and nobody died. Other combat sports , like K-1 and Glory, have it too, and turns out fine... And tournaments don't necessarily have to have guys fight 2x a night.
     
  13. zhb

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    Its because the UFC sucks
     
  14. waldywaldy

    waldywaldy lol motherfuckers

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    The Oklahoma athletic commission seems to disagree.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/...-night-tournaments?search_query=battlegrounds

    I hope with all my heart that this opens the door for 1 night tournaments on American soil and in the UFC.
     
  15. ScoopSubMMA

    ScoopSubMMA Brown Belt

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    I agree on the WWs. At least a 4 man tournament would have made it seem a lot less like the 2nd place to GSP title.
     
  16. taedium

    taedium The implication

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    [​IMG]

    Those were the golden days.
    Production-wise, UFC could learn a lot.
     
  17. CRuck1980

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    You can't fight two times in one night
     
  18. CRuck1980

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    Fighter availability is a big issue with tournaments, injuries would tear a set up tournament apart and it would be a waste of time
     
  19. GTS

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    They're not complaining, they're all to busy with surgeries and being past their prime at WAY to young of age to complain.

    Ever notice how so many fighters from the prime Pride era pretty much hit a wall once they hit 30?
     
  20. RachelZane**

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    pride is dead
    ufc isnt

    btw some would say pride had fixed matches
     

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