No matter who wins, who loses and who leaves the UFC, most of us are still stuck on one scenerio:
It only seems fitting that the sport's top heavyweight would ink a deal with it's top promotion. Right? Well, don't be so sure.
And while we're on the topic of breaking down the possible futures of fighters, we might as well touch on "Cro Cop,"
You had questions. I have answers.
Even before UFC 99 last Saturday in Cologne, Germany, I thought it was unlikely that the UFC would agree with
As much as
At this point, Emelianenko has enough opponents outside the UFC to get away with not joining the organization. If he defeats
No one, of course, would help make for a bigger bout than UFC champ
Either way, the Lesnar-Mir winner will likely get
According to several sources I spoke with,
No, I don't think so. Cox, a veteran manager/promoter, helped the former UFC heavyweight champion get the biggest fight of his life against Emelianenko. And both he and his fighter made a lot of money. Yes, Sylvia lost badly and things haven't gone right since. But at least he took a risk to fight the best in the world, and you have to give him credit for that.
Should he have taken the fight against
Kid did look rusty at Dream 9 on May 26, but credit goes to
I think Kid has plenty left, and this loss can go a long way towards revitalizing his career, assuming he stays healthy. His departure will probably weaken the tournament semis and finals, though his fight with Warren brought in very strong ratings and energized executives inside Tokyo Broadcasting Systems to remain supportive of MMA. (The message was amplified when
By its very nature, MMA is a niche sport. It will always be. And while the public's tastes may ebb and flow, I don't see MMA competing on a long-term basis with more traditional sports. Fighters who can captivate the public will emerge, and the sport will rise and fall based on their popularity.
As far as cities sponsoring fighters, I guess you didn't catch the IFL.
I do think you have a point, though. I was struck by the reception