As the Team Edge competition comes to the straight away, it all boils down to the fighters and the fights. And it should.
As fans, you get to vote and enter the Team Edge contest, where weekly winners receive an impressive prize pack (a UFC gym bag and a pair of UFC gloves, for starters). The grand-prize winner gets not only a weekly prize pack, but two tickets and accommodations to attend a UFC event live.
Then there are the fighters themselves. They are stoked about being chosen for the Team Edge competition. The exposure the winner will enjoy is a sure signpost of great things to come—not to mention the year-long sponsorship agreement that comes with it.
This year’s contestants will be mentored by reigning UFC champion Dominick Cruz.
“No matter who you are in this sport, you know what it’s like to crave success and that you need an edge to make it to the top,” said Cruz, as reported by Missouri Sports Magazine. “That’s why I’m so excited to work with ‘Team Edge’ and help these four great athletes become the next UFC stars. I encourage all UFC fans to go online and vote for the fighter they want to see rise to the top.”
But this is about more than just a contest for fans or a fighters name and face on a can of shaving cream; it’s about what those fighters can do with such exposure—how they can make the most of it.
And all of that is done first in the gym, then in the cage.
Rory MacDonald, Chris Weidman, John Dodson and Joseph Benavidez are more than just pretty faces. They’re fighters aiming to be nothing less than UFC champions.
So, for your consideration, we humbly present four fighters worthy of your vote and the Team Edge Championship for 2012.