MMA: What Do The Fans Want?

Dorothy WillisSenior Writer IMarch 29, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 24:  Dana White, president of the UFC, speaks at a press conference for UFC 111 at Radio City Music Hall on March 24, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Dana White and Scott Coker may listen to what MMA fans want in MMA fights, but more often than not, they simply put on the fights that interest them the most within their respective organizations.

At the age of 64 and being female, I may not be considered as the typical MMA rebel. Let's face it, there is no category for me or what I most desire to see in the sport of MMA.

But since I am old enough not to really care about public opinion anyway, I am going to tell you what I would most love to see.

First let me say that I am tired of hearing about fans yawning after viewing UFC 111.

For heaven sakes folks, get a grip! Life is not fair, and sports aren't either. 


I love all the fighters in WEC and I would love to see many of them line up to take on BJ Penn, who has trouble finding suitable opponents in the UFC.

This is a desire of long standing, going back to when Urijah Faber was in the UFC.

Even though, or perhaps especially because BJ mentored him, I would love to see a fight between the two of them.

It would be a thrilling matchup.

BJ has been considered a phenom all his time in MMA, and Urijah is one of the most innovative and daring fighters I have ever seen in action.

It may not be a politically correct choice, but I would love to see if being double-jointed would trump Urijah's fierce determination.

Another mentor situation I would exploit is the recent Matt Serra/Dan Hardy combination.

How much did Matt Serra reveal to Hardy in tutoring him for his match with GSP?

Both men swinging for the rafters would wake up the fans that love a good old stand-up slug fest. So let's see two sluggers face off, OK Mr. White?

Naturally, being from Illinois, I would love to see the finish of the Patrick Cote vs. Anderson Silva contest that fell short when Patrick's knee gave out.

Illinois has suffered from so many political indignities of late, that surely Dana White could throw us a bone and let the aborted match play to a suitable conclusion with a winner declared.

Is that too much to ask?

Since Chicago is a hot bed for bad political decisions, I would vote for a downstate venue to give a fairer chance to the proceedings, and attract a much more cordial and appreciative crowd.

Strikeforce could go a long way by having Fedor fight in at least two fights a year.

I don't care so much who he fights, as I do that he does fight .

Is that really too much to hope for from a legendary figure?

Strikeforce could get a lot of points by having more women fighting.

Cyborg, Carano, Couture, and the many other ladies need some action.

How are we going to make White see the light if it remains hidden beneath a barrel? Get the women in the cage and let them have at it, please?

WEC is going to PPV and I can't wait to see how that comes out.

I love Reed Harris and think he puts on the very best events available with quick moving, always new and exciting talent, and action galore.

I just love all the lightweight fighters who are driven by hearts and guts much larger than the largest of the heavyweights.

This is the organization that finally turned my husband onto the sport.

It may be a good season for TUF, I certainly am looking forward to Liddell vs. Ortiz, but there is so much room for even more excitement and expansion of the sport.

What about a TUF for women?

When is that going to breakthrough?

I am living on borrowed time as it is, so let's get on with this wish list, OK?

Rebels live hard and die young, right?

(Or perhaps not).



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