MMA: 5 Upcoming Fights That Need a 'UFC Primetime' Special

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MMA: 5 Upcoming Fights That Need a 'UFC Primetime' Special

 "UFC Primetime" is the best marketing idea the UFC has had since Dana White first locked a bunch of rowdy 20-somethings in a house with booze and cameras, and asked them if they wanted to "be a f*ckin' fighter?".

The cameras are still there, but the booze, the silliness and the reality TV schlock (thankfully) isn't.

Instead, we the viewers follow two fighters in the weeks leading up to an anticipated main event. We see them eat, see them train, and see them with family and friends, away from the flash of cameras and the glare of the Octagon lights. It is as intimate a look at their talent as the UFC has ever offered.

The whole concept of "Primetime" is stolen borrowed from HBO's "24/7" boxing series, but in this case, imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery. The  "24/7" series is almost entirely responsible for the PPV superstar that is Floyd Mayweather Jr. Without that widely-viewed television outlet for his "Money" persona, I doubt Floyd could draw his usual 1 million PPV buys solely with his jab n' dance, "Lyoto Machida meets Kalib Starnes with boxing gloves on" style.

"24/7", like "Primetime", is a phenomenal outlet for building fighters, feuds, and fights. And with the recent announcement that the Georges St-Pierre vs. Jake Shields main event at UFC 129 would be the latest fight to get a "Primetime" special, fan interest has once again been piqued...mostly.

Ok, so was the world really calling out for a third GSP-centric "Primetime" special? I get that Jake Shields still needs to "get over" with casual fans (having fought only once in the UFC previously) but c'mon.

It seems that all the "Primetime's" featuring GSP could be summed up as "Here's why GSP is such a great guy, and his next opponent is the biggest threat he's ever faced."

Not that there's anything wrong with that. Hey, if it aint broke, don't fix it. It also helps that in Jake's case the threat of an upset is very real, even if the soon to be "feud" between the two men is manufactured and likely to end in another "bro hug" like the GSP-Koscheck feud.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized there were some upcoming fights that could really benefit from a "Primetime" special.

Here are the top 5 upcoming fights that ask for—nay, demand—the full-on "Primetime" treatment.

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