Lessons learned from UFC 103
UFC 103 may not have been the type of blockbuster show that could overshadow a
The question before UFC 103's main event was, which
One of Belfort's problems is that he's had a tendency to lose steam over the course of a fight if he can't put his man away early, and this win didn't give him a chance to rectify that. But make no mistake, he's definitely in the UFC middleweight title picture now, which means the fights will only get tougher from here on in.
The conventional wisdom on the
It made for a great UFC debut for Daley, but it sure didn't help the UFC find a new challenger for
A part of me really wanted to see a resurgent
When you think about how many great performances we saw from 155-pounders this week, it's hard to imagine that there was ever a time when the UFC got rid of the weight class altogether.
The UFC lightweight class may not have as many top-level veterans as the light heavyweight class , but there are a ton of young prospects at 155 pounds in the UFC right now, and a night like this makes me really excited to see how things will develop over the next five years or so.
So maybe it was just an effort to siphon some of Floyd Mayweather's pay-per-view audience, but hopefully the UFC will see what can be gained by offering up free undercard fights on Spike. There seemed to be some production issues early on, and it can't really be called commercial-free if we have to sit through extended video game advertisements. But regardless, it's a great way to push the pay-per-view and expose some of the lesser-known talent to a wider audience. Let's just hope the UFC is willing to try it again when there's not a boxing event to compete with, and that it works out some of the kinks in the meantime.