Any Room For Stand Up Rules Fights In The UFC

Matthew McKeemanContributor IFebruary 11, 2010

PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 29:  UFC fighter Chris Leben (L) battles UFC fighter Jake Rosholt (R) during their Middleweight bout at UFC 102:  Couture vs. Nogueira at the Rose Garden Arena on August 29, 2009 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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         I am sure this wouldn't go through any of the athletic commissions but is there a place in the UFC for stand up rules fights. I am imagining something along the lines of a Dynamite format where MMA rules matches are mixed with the K1 rules fights. There are a lot of fighters in the UFC with suspect ground games who just like to stand and bang. There are a lot of really talented kickboxers and Muay Thai fighters that most fans will never see in the UFC. A  Mir vs Kongo fight has some intrigue but we all knew what was going to happen. I would love to see Semmy come over and fight Kongo in a stand up match with the small gloves. A Nate Quarry vs Scott Smith stand up war. I think the UFC should think progressively about the product and what might bring the most exicitement to the brand. They could get around the commission by having a gentlemen's agreement before the fight no takedowns no submissions, I am sure there would be some controversies, but it might lead to some great fights. Anyway wanted to throw it out there. Looking forward to Kongo versus Buentello that is the right kind of fight for him. I know this is going to rub the MMA purists the wrong way but it seems to work well over in Japan and opens the doors for some boxers and kickboxers to jump in the cage. Just wanted to pose the question to the faithful.