Dear UFC,… UFC 109 was good, but maybe these PPV events could be even better?

I must admit, UFC 109 was better than I thought it would be.  Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman was actually not a snooze fest.  The Battle of the Old-Timers actually had a finish!  It’s just that you never know when a Pay Per View UFC event is going to have lots of finishes or lots of decisions.  Can I just say how much I don’t like decisions!  Yes, a few still end up being good fights, but most are sleepers.

In today’s economy, paying $50 for PPV UFC event is not high on the priority list.  Sure you still will budget for some entertainment items, but you want to make sure your money has been well spent.  Here’s my humble suggestion(s) to make these PPV UFC guaranteed buys:

  1. Give a bonus ($) to any fight that finishes in the 1st round.  I don’t care if it’s 2x the money or 1.5x… a fight that finishes in the first round is exciting (not including a disqualification or a kick to the family jewels that stops the fighter from continuing).  Want more guys to “bring it” and not just pace themselves to a paycheck?  Then give a bonus to those who throw caution to the wind and finish in the first round.
  2. Pay fighters only 50-65% of their pay if they go to a decision.  Big names always equal best fights?  Not always.  Title fights equal guaranteed high entertainment?  No… actually quite a few have ended up being 5 round snoozers due to guys being so cautious that they fight to not lose instead of fight to win.  With a 35-50% reduction in pay if your fight ends in a decision, we’d see a considerable decrease of this.
  3. Keep the bonuses for fight of the night, knock-out of the night, and submission of the night.  As in all of these suggestions, MONEY TALKS.  Maybe something else can additionally be rewarded for best knock-out, best submission, etc.  Perhaps a commercial spot for the UFC for that month.  (Am I the only one who thinks the UFC could be advertised more to the general public?)  Maybe a free DLC for xbox and PS3 owners of the UFC: Undisputed video game rematching the fight so the fighters get more exposure.  Maybe the fighter could get a guaranteed 10% increase in pay for their next fight.

What do you think?  Are these suggestions right-on or off-the-mark?  Got others?  Sound off below in the comments section.

Looking Back at UFC 100

Warning: Don’t read this if you’ve DVR’d UFC 100 and haven’t watched it yet.

 

Wow, UFC 100 has come and gone, and it was pretty entertaining. We got to see Dan Henderson totally knock out Michael Bisping, George St. Pierre dominate Thiago Alves, and Brock Lesnar convincingly beat up on Frank Mir.

I have to say the best parts of UFC 100 for me were:

  1. After Henderson dropped Bisping, seeing Henderson fly in the air and drop one last power punch on Bisping — that was crazy.
  2. Laughing at Lesnar’s totally off-the-wall comments when he was interviewed after his fight.
  3. Bruce Buffer’s 180 — why don’t we get to see this more often?, and he actually did a 360 when announcing Brock Lesnar as the defending UFC Heavyweight champion. The 360 was sadly not televised — Joe Lauzon posted it on youtube only for Zuffa to have it taken down soon afterwards — which is dumb.
  4. 2 rounds into the first fight, finding out that crazy tatoo of some guy’s head was a Johnny Cash tatoo. Lots of laughs from the guys I was watching the fights with that night.

 

 Fighters that weren’t in UFC 100, but that I’ve enjoyed

I’m looking forward to seeing Anderson Silva fight in UFC 101 in August. Here’s a highlight vid of him:

 

And here’s Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on Jimmy Kimmel Live from June 4th of last year (2008) after he beat Chuck Liddell for the Light Heavyweight Belt. I always get some good laughs listening to him speak.

 

Lastly, a highlight video of Mirko Crocop — who used to be “the man” from the Pride fighting organization in Japan, back in the day before they were bought out by the UFC (too bad Crocop has been very disappointing in the few fights he’s had in the UFC). Put it this way, if Lil’ Mac (from Mike Tyson’s punch-out Nintendo Game) was Croatian, taller, heavier, and had a wicked high leg kick, he’d be Mirko Crocop.