Hello everyone, Captain Obvious here. I just wanted to stop by and inform you all of the shocking news that Forrest Griffin and Quinton Jackson are the coaches for TUF7. Woah … are you okay? I know the news would shock and surprise you, but I didn’t expect you to fall over in amazement. I understand though … this is so out of the blue. No one was expecting this at all.
Now before you all start hopping around shouting “Squeeee!”, let’s take a moment with Adam Swift from MMAPayout.com to see what this means (past weeks of Rampage/Forrest chicanery sponsored by Old Spice):
Assuming an April premier and a twelve-week season, Jackson-Griffin will take place on Saturday June 21st at the earliest. At that time the company’s premier weight class will have been on hold for at least eight months. The Light Heavyweight title will likely be defended only twice next year as the company continues to move towards more of a boxing work load for its top stars (2-3 fights per year).
It doesn’t take a Captain Obvious to tell you that TUF7 will do what TUF6 did to the welterweight division: stall it out and render most bouts practically meaningless past pecking order for sloppy seconds or thirds. And hey, after all that plus a season of terrible television, the big payoff fizzled when Matt Serra’s spine exploded.
I’ve got my fingers crossed that Dana White is serious when he says they’re switching shit up and we’ll be amazed. Because shelving the LHW title is a pretty big deal, and if TUF7 doesn’t live up to expectations it could be yet another big mistake the UFC has made over the past several months.