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What you think Dana White should do

Yesterday Dana White told Sports Illustrated that he had a list of shit he needed to take care of at UFC headquarters to get things back on track for the second half of 2011. I asked you guys to share your thoughts on what kind of changes he could make that would do it for you. Some ideas were good, some were unlikely, but all were pretty interesting. Here’s some of em:

Internal random drug testing: The commissions obviously aren’t willing to do things they way they need to be done to clean up the sport. It’s time for the UFC to step in and show they’re commited to removing the cancer of performance enhancing drugs out of the sport

Turn Strikeforce into a feeder league: This whole seperate but equal sham is stupid, and everything would be much better if Strikeforce took it’s rightful place as the home for up and coming talent plus older but still popular fighters who can’t hack it in the UFC any more.

Finish that network deal: No need to throw Baby Spike out with the bathwater, but the UFC needs to get a big dick swinging show or two onto network TV. It’s the logical way to take the sport to the next level, and there will never be a better time than now. Time to shit or get off the pot.

Open next season’s TUF up to fighters already in the UFC: It’ll be like the Comeback season, except with awesome fighters instead of washouts. It’d be a great way to sort out the fat middle of the lightweight division and a title shot would sweeten the pot enough to get a lot of awesome, hungry fighters involved.

Update production values: The gladiator can stay, but will anyone really shed a tear when Bring the Pain finally goes away? And while many people want Goldberg gone, may I instead suggest that maybe you have a B Team so we don’t get Mike and Joe overload? I know the UFC has perfected their recipe for event production, but every event feels exactly the same. Even the Toronto supershow was barely any different. Freshen it up, guys.

The three best (in my august opinion) were Letibleu’s internal PED testing, CAP’s Strikeforce feeder league, and ThunderElbow’s TUF All-Stars season. Not that I think any of them will actually be implemented (especially the drug testing), but they probably should be in some parallel dimension. I’ll be contacting you for sizes and addresses, jackals. And tomorrow I’ll share my own pointless totally never gonna happen ideas on what Dana should do.

  • frickshun

    Weak ass choices. And THAT’S why none of you will ever be involved in a successful business…..

  • fightlinker

    Which ones would you have picked? If the Jackals think I’ve overlooked a worthy entry, I can make it a four shirt giveaway

  • Letibleu

    I thought the electrified fence…


    If the brass link possible PED use to the increased frequency of training injuries then you bet your ass there will be something done about it.

    Frick always knows best but can never say what and that’s why he will never run a successful business and always be someone else’s bitch.

  • Blackula Jonez

    TUF is doner than done in the US, the focus on TUF should be the international versions, what known fighter would waste time and risk getting injured fighting opponents for little to no money and none of the fights will be on their record.


    Then again I do not have a strong desire to see TUF prevail.

  • kvelertak

    1. Update the fucking rules to make fights more exciting. Yellow cards, Limits on non-aggressive wrestling.

    2. Completely redo TUF. I don’t know how but it’s boring and Irrelevant.

    Production values and drug testing dont mean shit.

  • iamphoenix

    dana white needs a mike tyson tattoo on his face.

  • Symbul

    “It’s time for the UFC to step in and show they’re commited to removing the cancer of performance enhancing drugs out of the sport.”

    They’re not and they won’t be. No serious league is, to my knowledge, though it’s not all-encompassing. The UFC has nothing to gain from running a campaign to eliminate PED use. Outing a ton of “cheaters” will do nothing for its image in the general public’s eye (the one that matters). Zuffa already muscles a lot out of its independent contractors and the list of stipulations on their contracts can’t go on forever.

    “Turn Strikeforce into a feeder league.”

    Why? Unless they can turn it into a money-making enterprise (and SF appears not to be, at least an acceptably lucrative one) they’d be spending money for something other promotions already do for them, for free. They can already sign anyone they want out of whatever local promotion they’re fighting for (except Bellator, much to Bellator fighters’ misfortune).

  • Morghen

    Leti and Cap owe me a fucking shirt.

  • Redping

    I like the idea of international TUF’s to reach out to foreign audiences. That, and the thing that pains me about watching the show is how american it is. I put up with your stupid ‘usa’ chants during PPV’s, but the production of TUF went from being tongue-in-cheek loltastic to being super serious american reality television. Do an english/australian/japanese version and it’ll be fresh and interesting, and at the very least be big in the respective country. Especially if they did one in Australia, I really think that would be an effective move considering how much our tv SUCKS and how little we all have to do.

    But personally I would either do the 10 minute pride starter round or remove time limits entirely because the entire purpose of the ufc was to show how jiujitsu will always win, and the current UFC kinda gives you the impression if you hold onto a jiujitsu guy for 5 minutes he’ll have to let go of you. that kinda takes away from it being as close to real fighting. without changing the judging criteria you can’t change all the ‘points fighting’ (or the TRT bullshit) and thats all that’s majorly wrong with the sport

  • Reverend Clint

    id like to have an alternate team you can like switch to. maybe Bas and Forest griffin

  • iamphoenix

    there should be hawaiian shirt night so fighters get to wear their favorite hawaiian shirt as they fight.

    no robes for arrianny celeste to wear cageside. she’s always covering herself up WTF YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE ALMOST NAKED AT ALL TIMES

    moar justin bieber appearances plz

  • X

    “but will anyone really shed a tear when Bring the Pain finally goes away?”

    Well, I don’t know about a tear, but it would be a little disheartening.  I’m not ready to watch MMA until I hear “IN-TO PIECES” screamed at full throttle.  It would change everything.  

    I was shocked to read this….”while many people want Goldberg gone”…. Many? Who, why, how?  Goldie will never be ‘gone’.  It-is-all-over if Golds ever goes….

  • Letibleu

    Rogan would be a major loss. Getting used to the “feel” without  Rogan would take a while. Goldie gone too would change the “feel” of a UFC PPV event but I think we would adapt to the change much faster than Rogan gone.

  • kvelertak

    Goldberg and Rogan will be there for 20 more years.

  • glassjawsh

    in 20 years rogan will be retired, living in isolation somewhere in the woods with piles of cannabis and psylocibin as far as the eye can see

    and in 20 years goldberg will be 97

  • frickshun

    My suggestion was the only real viable BUSINESS PLAN. You guys are mostly talking about some dumb shit that would make YOU happy. Ryan included. No worries. That’s why you all live in your parents basements…..

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Your business plan was that HBO should give them a show they weren’t willing to give them already.  Perhaps this is why you have to live in Jersey or Long Island and work FOR real business men?

  • CAP

    Morghen I wear a Large. Tx.

  • frickshun

    DJ–>a) HBO’s sports prez guy is OUT (the one that was mostly blocking it) & b) unlike boxing, where HBO pays most of the fight purse just to put it on TV, they could get the UFC show for zero as a litmus test

    Every year HBO pays $1-2 mil to film pilots for shows that don’t ever air. I know a dude that got one shot. He knew after the contract was signed that there was too much comp & he wouldn’t get on any fucking way. Then you have HBO Boxing. Their #’s continue to slide annually (I just made that up) & the UFC continues to grow. It’s a no-brainer for both sides.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Not without them controlling the broadcast.  Dana doesn’t get anything out of the deal directly other than bourgeois prestige, which isn’t really his or the Fertita’s cup of tea. They want to work toward PPV online, not pay someone other than us for our fights.

    I see where you’re coming from, and I’d love the power-shift to get MMA produced by HBO (drool), but I don’t see it happening.

  • frickshun

    Nope. It’s about breaking into mainstream. HBO can help you do that. They are kinda sorta the unofficial home of “combat sports”, which for civilized humanoids, is a fancy way of saying boxing…..since that’s all most fight fans care about.

    Does anyone have #’s on how UFC PPV’s do when aired free in Europe?