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How Will UFC Adapt Without It's Big Guns?

How Will UFC Adapt Without It's Big Guns?

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So, here we are.

Keyboards still give me anxiety. I’m supposed to talk about MMA, but inevitably, this will become more of an opinion piece. Mainly because of my ego. As far as what's happening in the world, I’m oblivious and unqualified. A casual fan, as it were. Nevertheless, we will trudge forward and put something on the page.

I can’t remember what 500 words will look like.

We press on! Into the doom. The darkness. The void.

In lieu of just relenting and firing up the PlayStation, I’m here typing nonsense and realizing how poor my skills have become over the past five years. Whatever. We have a duty to uphold! or something... Onward.

Let's get out of the gate and be upfront. I have a particular bias toward one fighter, Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder (credit for the nickname goes to me, despite ongoing dispute.) He is my son's co-godfather, and a best friend. There will undoubtedly be a conflict of interest stemming from a lack of professionalism, the inability to prepare, and a general laziness. There. Out of the way.

 Will Philly's "Irish Dragon" emerge as one of the top faces in the new UFC era?

Will Philly's "Irish Dragon" emerge as one of the top faces in the new UFC era?

So. WME... New owners. A new era? I think so. In this new age of social media and ultimate transparency, we are perched, toes out, red panties high-and-tight, on the railing at the bow of this ship, bearing witness to the dawn of anything new and fresh. We’ve never had an opportunity like this. The ability to be so involved - in any other sporting venue. What we have is a VIP seat at the long sexy table. "The Evolution of a Sport", as it were. Happening right in front of us. It will be a glaring oversight if we don’t capitalize on the opportunity.

As much as anyone can say, we are seeing less and less influence from Dana White. For many reasons. Take a look at the fight cards as of late. The UFC is an old warship, with all the fancy big guns but very little new technology. We need to upgrade. Perhaps it’s only a lack of momentum. A wave we rode into the rocks. The high water mark being a beautiful head kick in Australia. Where are the stars? Will the "pro wrestling hype" model hold up without them? Conor is doing his own thing (Or is he?) Rhonda is retiring(?) Lesnar just did. Are we seeing the changing of the guard, and a scramble to make it look seamless? If so, not the right approach, in my opinion. A messy upgrade will get more views than a seamless one. I’m not alone in this thinking. See CM Punk. We all slow down to look at the car wreck...guilty as charged.

The new Regime will be one of the technicians. The Black belts of all disciplines will hold titles. It will truly legitimize the Sport. We have to navigate the dark water, until then and put things like the “BeeRock” deal behind us.

Cheers to a new chapter. Until next time.

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