LowKick Poll: UFC-WEC merging, is it good or bad for the sport?

Posted on October 29, 2010, 12:13 PM by Anton Gurevich
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  1. 1. Good
  2. 2. Bad

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  • Stiks
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    I think its a good thing for the sport because it will bring new exciting fights for the fans. They have a big pool of very talented fighters. Also, I don't think WEC fighters got enough exposure and recognition because they were in the WEC. Its about time they got some of the limelight.

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  • Rory Kernaghan
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    Its awesome man, more pay for the wec fighters, which they deserve coz they fight their guts out. aldo is now a part of the ufc ( hell yeah) and it freshens up the divisions, adding new talent and 2 new weight classes, more title fights more events.......

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  • Dabs
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    Great for the UFC and bad for other "MMA" organisations. The question should of been 'Is it bad for the UFC or not?'...too many people subconsciously associate MMA with UFC when there is a whole pool of fighters that are just as good and abundant littered around in the so called lesser organisations who sometimes pay their fighters more than Dana's fat cats do.

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  • comonson
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    i give it 2 thumbs up!!

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  • Jizzle11
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    Good for the most part. These smaller guys need more media, more money and more hype and the UFC will be able to deliver it for them. The only bad thing is no more free WEC cards which there were only like 9 a year though

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  • Featherweight
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    Won't their still be UFC fight nights on Spike and Versus?

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  • MMALurker
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    There are going to be 4 free events on versus next year and plenty more on spike. more then before

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  • Featherweight
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    When are we gonna see some Flyweights? Japan has them, why not us?

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  • ksooner76
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    Flyweight..???? isnt that 125..... in know Dana said they

    were going to set up a 125 class not sure when

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  • partyboy
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    definitely good...these guys now get more exposure, more money and we get to see more great fights

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  • Tchelnik
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    dana white looks like a fat rat ****

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  • pound4pound
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    While a lot of people think that this is good for the sport, it seems that the UFC is pushing harder to become a Monopoly with only a few relevant MMA organizations besides the UFC in the US this will affect deeply specially on the fighters, people claim that now they will have more exposure, but actually only the big names, WEC was good pool of talent for the UFC, with the merge the number of events in the UFC will increase but the number of MMA will decrease, I hope I am wrong but if I not some of the guys from WEC that are in the divisions that the UFC already had will get cut... I know that the Zuffa already owned WEC but under when they were doing their own shows hey were able to keep more fighters busy during the year. As I said before I hope I am wrong.

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  • Joey Santosus
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    Yes, but in regards to the term "monopoly," the fact that they already owned it is very relevant to that concern. because they are no more a monopoly now then there were before this merger. Really all they did was decide to let "these guys" fight "these guys."

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  • pound4pound
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    This is why it is becoming a monopoly, WEC had free shows on cable rigth?, now that they merge (UFC made WEC dissapear) the fights that a WEC event could have got for free will be part of a PPV, so in that manner we as the customers will be affected, that is the problem with one big company having all the power, they will control the market, the prices and the salaries, when there is competence they need to keep improving their services/product, as the UFC grows bigger, the get more power, with this move they will set themselves further apart from the other promotions like Strikeforce and that could mean the end of these other promotions leading themselves to the only big promotions out there, I guess we will have to see what happens, but one thing for sure even if they are not more of a monopoly it could hurt the sport badly. When Dana announce that made me remember the Microsoft/IE trial...

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  • postmortem
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    the only reason i clicked on this poll is because i was interested in seeing how someone could put a negative spin on this. its kinda refreshing seeing someone make a sensible arguement as opposed to the usual danas a monster who is ruining our sport. yes some guys may get cut but shit happens as for free shows the zuffa is still contractualy obligated to put the same amount of shows on versus a year

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  • azzkika
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    postmortem you virtually contradict yourself in that statement. You say you was interseted in seeing how someone could put a negative spin on it, like it wasn't possible, then immediately communicate a negative aspect of the merger.

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  • YouKnow
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    cait wait for UFC to buy them all up.

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  • falcon4917
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    I dissagree, I am all for the matchups but not for getting rid of variety and competition. If anything Dana and the other organizations should be manning up and pitting their champs against each other if they really believe they have the best then they shouldn't be afraid too. All we need is co-operation not merger. WEC has been run better in my opinion and although I like the possabilities of the matchups now I hope the WEC rubs off on the UFC rather than the other way around.

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  • azzkika
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    It would be impossible for the UFC to have a complete monopoly. where would new talent come from and where would fighters who get cut go? It is far better having competing organisations.

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  • postmortem
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    i think that everybody would like to see that but the reality is ufc really would have nothing to gain by doing so nor any real incentive. even if all the ufc champs won and the ufc reinged supreme they would be giving the other promotions legitimacy and free advertizements. the ufc does not have all the best guys but they have more top guys than any other promotion and put on more shows per year than all the other promotions combined

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  • lionkill
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    unless the UFC announces that they are going to be increasing the number of events by a good deal, this will be bad. it will simply give the UFC a chance to spread out various fights in different weight classes, making the fighters less active and make it harder for up and comming fighters to work their way into contention.



    with seven weight classes it will also be possible for UFC to have campions fight twice a year, which i don't like. it will also make main card status matches for top contenders more drawn in regards to the amount of time between fighters matches. i wouldn't be surprised if UFC didn't start cutting down its top 10 in any weight class to 2-3 fights a year instead of 3-4.



    for the UFC this sounds like a good business strategy, it is more difficult to build up a media hype engine around a fighter if he has 3-4 fights in a year than 2-3. he is twice as likely to lose which only means the UFC will have dumped money into the fighter for nothing.



    i really hope that the UFC doesn't use this as a means to thin out the competitive nature of the current weight classes. all you hear from most fighters is they want to fight more well now they have about 2-3 divisions of new fighters to fight over match slots with. so fighters crying about only getting 3-4 fights a year might be crying about 2-3 fights a year this time next year.

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  • griffin
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    its very good for the sport but now we wont be getting the free WEC cards which sucks! very good for the fighters also, they will finally get the pay they deserve

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  • TheRealDeal
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    It's great for the sport, as long as it does not get too commercialized just like the NFL did. This was inevitable and anyone that didn't see this coming a mile away has no idea of how big business works. The UFC will continue to absorb these smaller organizations by buying them out and then doing away with them altogether, because there is absolutely no reason to keep them around. The UFC will end up just like professional football, one huge organization with one or two others popping up here or there that will struggle along for awhile, then fade away or get bought up. This is exactly what the UFC wants, as any big business would.

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  • Joey Santosus
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    Well, at least all the top fighters will be facing each other once it happens... It really is whats best for the sport.

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  • TheRealDeal
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    Oh, I agree completely... just hoping it doesn't get "out of hand" with the commercialism which is soon to follow. Soon the UFC will be a staple on ESPN and other larger sports organizations, which I couldn't be happier about. I see too many opinions on here about smaller orgs. making a run at the UFC and I just don't see it ever happening. The UFC grows stronger and bigger day by day.

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  • azzkika
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    Like how long Fitch has to wait for another title shot? great for who exactly? One mans milk is another mans poison.

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  • Chief Don
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    it is a great move

    now missing only the Flyweight

    the proposed Super-Heavy

    and the Women

    the UFC has the wideness of classes

    to really be drafting worldwide

    and offering big paydays to quality fighters from around the globe

    resulting in title matches almost every month

    and eliminator bouts literally every month

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    I have no doubt that the Women's classes and Flyweights

    are just around the corner

    Super-heavy?

    I agree that there are not enough top quality guys there yet

    you can't build a class on less than a dozen worldwide

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  • KeyboardWarrior
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    It's kind of a moot question - the real merger happened when Zuffa bought it. In effect this means nothing else than that the brand WEC disappears.

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  • Rafaelroberto840
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    It makes the sport more exiting like when Pride fighters went into the UFC

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  • steven306
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    Pride fighters werent little ****ers trying to mess with the big dogs. its was only good for pride because the fighters were on same catagories as the UFC. LHW, HW, etc. not little 135lbs. this is like combing HW with FW''s. stupid stupid stupid. and your stupid for thinking like that. lol

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  • Featherweight
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    WTF?!

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  • steven306
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    BORING BORING BORING. I dont think it would good because i DONT watch WEC because they are boring fights. If i wanted to watch WEC i would have ordered a long time ago. I've only watched UFC and happy with their divisions. Dana just wants a way to make more money thats all. now we are going to have more boring UFC events.

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  • UrHype
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    I think its good and you'll see more UFC events. We'll get more events for free also. Fighters will start making more, its a win win in the long run.

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  • Nik_Hulstein
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    New fighters, better match ups, what is there not to like

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  • Determinate87
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    I understand that will be good toward division can compete decade fighters such as Jose Aldo vs bj peen that's fantastic for the sport to growth will have more kinds of fights for the fans to unfold more to sport

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  • sleepy
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    awsome news about 2 wieghtclasses added to ufc.. i live in the ufc and cant watch wec on tv.. and its great news and ill give it the o hell yea thumbs up!!!!

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  • Osnizzle
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    the only thing good about this merge is adding WEC 155ers to the UFC mix because that division needed some fresh faces

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  • Krogan
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    Don't see anyway it could be bad, the only difference now is that the WEC guys can get paid what they deserve and more great fights on UFC cards. I think this is a response mostly to that the UFC wants to put on more and more cards but are running out of fighters. This will give the UFC another potential 6 title fights a year among other things.

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  • Arthur_Knoqout
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    Bad is in more Zuffa monopoly yes.

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