Less TUF, more UFN please

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:

  1. There’s too many times in a year where there’s no new shows for over a month.
  2. 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!

  • http://www.ufcdaily.com Kris Karkoski

    I agree with you Ryan but at least they are committed to moving the Ultimate Fight Night shows to other cities outside of Florida and Vegas. That’s a step in the right direction.

  • intenso

    more is not always better. They could definitely over-saturate the market.

  • kermit_01

    I think its growing. I’m sure theres something to do with Cost vs. Return on the UFN shows. I’m willing to bet some number curnchers decided 4 was doable and it wasn’t just pulled out of a hat.

    As for the TUF show.. I have to say I really like the show, for two reasons.
    1. It lets you know what kind of douche bags some of these guys really are. Face it there might still be some Gabe Ruteger fans out there if you hadn’t seen him get the enema.
    2. You get to see them progress as fighters. Some of these guys seriously stink up the octagon. It might be nerves sure, but some of these guys look horrible. Its nice to see how some of these guys have progressed.

  • godzillad

    Well it’s one thing to see Forrest, Diego, Bonnar, KEN-FLO, Koscheck, Leben, Swick, Quarry, Stevenson, Cummo, Burkman, Marcus Davis, Gurgel, Guillard, Jardine, Rashad, Brad Imes, Kendall, Ed Herman, Matt Hamill, Gray Maynard, Wiman, Emerson, Diaz, Manny, and Danzig progress as fighters, but when they have had so many seasons that they scrape the barrel (which has a broken bottom, they are carving at concrete now) with 0-0 bums who did a week of boxing in some dude’s basement and half a semester of Yoga at community college before dropping out, I don’t give a fuck.

  • http://www.edenmachine.com EdenMachine

    ALL I ask for is two events a month. I think more than that would be TOO much to have quality fights and less than that makes me curl up in a corner and cry about how miserable I am without a fight to watch. :)

  • Xavier

    TV contracts that would call for 12 would require the UFC to be paid for 12, whether Spike commissions them all or not. It calls for four a year, but that means nothing, that’s just the minimum. It’s standard practice to call for less than what you’ll actually be putting together in the TV industry, that way you don’t get jacked if the floor falls out and you don’t have the advertising funds to show more.

  • kermit.01

    “TV contracts that would call for 12 would require the UFC to be paid for 12, whether Spike commissions them all or not. It calls for four a year, but that means nothing, that’s just the minimum. It’s standard practice to call for less than what you’ll actually be putting together in the TV industry, that way you don’t get jacked if the floor falls out and you don’t have the advertising funds to show more.”

    Right it always comes down to the $.. I think 4 is good, if they are able to line them up correctly. Put them with the crappy cards, if they know a show is likely to stink on PPV show us a good fight night the week before or after.. I think timing is the key.. Don’t give us 50 days between events– throw in a fightnight.

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