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.