Oh acronyms … where would we be without you, LOL. Pretty much the only highlight of yesterday’s borefest of a conference call with the UFC was the news that Spike had commited to 12 live fights a year. Fuck yeah! Add in the fact that it looked like that didn’t even include the UK shows and random extra shows, and it looked like we were finally going to get the comprehensive free TV package UFC fans deserved!
Alas, it was not to be. About an hour later, SpikeTV execs corrected these statements and said the plan was actually for 12 Ultimate Fight Nights over the course of 3 years … so only four a year. Balls.
The UFC has two big problems right now, in my opinion. Okay, they’re not really big problems for the UFC, but they’re my two pet peeves:
- There’s too many times in a year where there’s no new shows for over a month.
- There’s too many new UFC guys that need developing, and not enough shows to develop them in.
An increase in the number of Ultimate Fight Nights would deal with these issues perfectly … we get more content, and more content means more fights to establish real contenders. A regular fight night on a consistant basis would give the casual fan something they could keep track of. Plus it would make me happy. And isn’t that enough, really?
Honestly, what good reason is there to only have 4 Ultimate Fight Nights a year? That seems downright miserly. Considering the amount of TUF and Unleashed that’s gonna be forced down our throats, I would hope the UFC would at least give us a few extra.
As it stands, here’s what we’re getting from Spike over the next few years in terms of real fight events (fuck reality shows and Unleashed episodes):
- 4 Ultimate Fight Nights a year
- 2 Ultimate Fighter Finales a year
- If Spike keeps picking up the UK shows (they choose on a per event basis), that’s 4 more events right there.
So we’ve got six guaranteed cards, and potentially up to 10. Okay, so that’s not too bad … but it could still be better!