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Less events means less fighters on the UFC roster. No kidding.
But what that means for the loyal followers scavenging the television channels and online streams on a weekly basis is that fight cards will finally start to fall back to earth.
For years, the UFC has been building this empire fueled by evolving divisions and growing fight cards. The promotion has seen its bank account reach monumental levels, but in turn it has created this almost repetitive mid-level product comparable to Season 4 of The Walking Dead.
In other words, the UFC's expanding roster has ruined its most heralded promotional aspect—fantastic fight cards.
No longer are there just a few handfuls of fight cards per year. Instead, the UFC is flirting with dozens upon dozens of events stretching from Macau, China, to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Guys like Dong Hyun Kim and John Hathaway are now headlining events when they would have been lucky enough to make the prelims just a few years ago.
It's something that would make the forefathers of this unbreakable sport turn over in their respective graves. It's something that is making the UFC look like more of a money-hungry corporation than an MMA promotion.
With all of that said, it's difficult to turn back now. The UFC is under so many contract obligations and television deals that it's almost impossible to go back in time and create a smaller sample size when it comes to yearly action.
So, there needs to be a more direct solution to the problem at hand. I know this may sound silly or financially irresponsible, but why not create a minor league system.
Every other major sports outlet has one set up, and it would only allow the UFC to further gauge the talent and potential that each and every fighter possesses.
It would not only continue its expansion and further promote the sport on a more local market, but it would allow the promotion to once again stack pay-per-view cards to the brim when they make their monthly visit.
Obviously this is just wishful thinking, but it's nice to ponder the idea of getting back to fortified fight cards littered with top contenders, top draws and top dogs.
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