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Would the Ali act be good for MMA?

There’s been a lot of talk about the Ali Act and how it should be applied to MMA. I’m not feeling verbose enough at the moment (honestly, I’ve been suffering from brain fart all week because I’m balls deep in web development on Fightlinker V5), but fortunately Brent Brookhouse breaks down why MMA doesn’t need the Ali act, and furthermore why it would be a bad thing. Here’s a couple of quotes from his article:

You can not force organizations to allow for cross-promotional fights, so instead you’re going to have fighters basically “Fedoring” their way through their career.   One fight here, one fight there and the lack of being tied to a promotion doesn’t push for a fighter to fight the best competition.   Look at the way Fedor’s career was when he was tied to PRIDE and then compare it to once he became a “free agent” doing single fight deals here and there.   Tell me which you think is better for the landscape of MMA.

In boxing there is a level of corruption with the ranking organizations where promoters routinely get their (unworthy) fighters ranked through underhanded means to get a title fight.   Why?   Because title fights mean more money in boxing.   Plus you get into the sanctioning fee aspect of things with the boxing organizations.   Has the act done anything to address these ranking procedures?   Not a single thing honestly.   In MMA the belts are organizationally dependent.   It does no good for the UFC to put someone unworthy in a title fight.

There’s gonna be a few legal tests over the next year or two where people try to apply the Ali Act to MMA … Mark Cuban has already said he thinks the Ali act covers MMA, and I bet he’ll be pushing that angle during the Randy Couture trial. But it’s funny … the Ali act was supposed to help boxers and the sport of boxing, but as far as I can tell it just fucked things up worse. Should something be done to make sure fighters aren’t being exploited by promoters? Sure. But is the Ali act the answer? Fuck no.

  • Hooked

    Different time and very different socioeconomic situation in those days. He was one of a kind at a time in our history that will never be the same. Having said that, I disagree with D. White that it doesn’t matter Anderson Silva doesn’t speak English. If they guy did, and was a bit charming, he would be 3 times as huge. Look at Rampage. He has a mild sense of humor and for the most part generates a lot of interest in the sport of MMA. I know the purists piss on this idea. ‘It’s all about the fighting’. But if you were A. Silva it would be all about the fighting and making even more money pitching Old Spice, BBQ’s, etc etc..

  • Hooked

    Sorry, I thought this article was about a real fighter. Cassius Clay..

  • Higgz

    Hmm…I read the title of this post right after reading the one above it about Ali Sonoma on The Mole.

    So, my first reaction to the title was, “I guess it depends what all they have her doing. Jiu Jitsu in a bathing suit is always fun to watch and could help raise awareness about MMA.”

    Perhaps in that case, the Ali act WOULD be good for the sport.

  • fightlinker

    Shit sign me up for that!

  • catfish

    Competition is good for MMA but highest bidder is even better for pay. The only problem is somebody somewhere will pay a certain someone an entire fight bankroll just to show up and fight a nobody(cough cough). The highest bidder isn’t worried about match making but name recognition.
    That’s what is killing boxing. Pacquiao v. my uncle, .
    Kelly Pavlik v. a phonebook etc.
    Axey/Liddell took too long to happen but at least it did.