SPORTS White: Non-Title Main Events to Be Five Rounds, UFC Adding 125ers Soon

teddy jam

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White: Non-Title Main Events to Be Five Rounds, UFC Adding 125ers Soon


VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- UFC president Dana White was in an announcement-making mood following the UFC 131 press conference at Robson Square on Thursday afternoon.

Among those announcements was news that, "[f]rom this day forward," all non-title main event bouts in the UFC would be five-round affairs, giving the fighters at the top of the card an extra two rounds to battle out from now on.

"From this day forward, any fight that is signed after right now today will be a five-round fight," White said.

Even main events on Spike TV or Versus cards? You bet. Even late replacements that get shuffled into the main event? Absolutely, said White.

Of course, "from this day forward" also means, 'excluding main events where three-round bout agreements have already been signed,' such as the impending bout between Phil Davis and Rashad Evans that is scheduled for UFC 133. White explained that he didn't want to force fighters who had already agreed to three-rounders to suddenly prepare for five, but going forward, any fighter in a main event should expect to be signed up for a 25-minute tilt, he said.

As most fans are no doubt aware, up until now the five-round distinction belonged only to title fights. Even main event number one contender bouts, such as Saturday night's fight between Junior dos Santos and Shane Carwin, have always been limited to three rounds.

The move is likely the UFC's attempt to ensure that fewer non-title main events end in disappointing or indecisive fashion after just three rounds, though it also has the added benefit of making every main event seem just that little bit more special.

The bloody battle between Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez at a "UFC Live" event on Versus back in March, for instance, ended in a somewhat controversial decision after reaching the three-round limit. Going forward, bouts like that one will have an extra two rounds to resolve themselves.

White also announced that the UFC will be adding a 125-pound division "really soon," and said the UFC has already begun conversations with some fighters about competing in the division. Explaining that "we need more fights," White said the addition of the 125-pounders could happen as soon as the end of 2011, though it's unclear as of yet how the organization will go about crowning a champion in the new division.

White said he also expected that some current UFC 135-pounders would take advantage of the new division and drop down to a weight class where they're not so undersized.
 

$lacker

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125... holy fuck that's tiny
Are there any legit midget MMA fighters? What about that wrestler that has no limbs?


I think that 5 round main events was the ideal happy medium, as determined by Cage crew in an earlier thread
 

machine

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I'm all for it. Although having late replacements suddenly face not only the additional pressure of a main event but also the increased physical demands of a 5 round fight may be a bit much. Unless you're training for an 5 round fight, you shouldn't be thrown into one.
 

Helios

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I'm all for it. Although having late replacements suddenly face not only the additional pressure of a main event but also the increased physical demands of a 5 round fight may be a bit much. Unless you're training for an 5 round fight, you shouldn't be thrown into one.

The way I see it, if you're training properly to begin with(i.e not low-balling), then it shouldn't be too much to push yourself an extra 1-2 rounds. In every other sport the top athletes push themselves further in training than what they will experience on match day, and mma is no different.
 

checkii

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wow, this is fucking stupid.

less fights per event so that i can watch clay guida rub his perm on someone for 25 minutes instead of 15.

and 125 is straight up twink. no desire for the extra weight class. fighters are already stuck fighting once, maybe twice a year. why add more divisions to congest it further?
 

Cro Cop

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wow, this is fucking stupid.

less fights per event so that i can watch clay guida rub his perm on someone for 25 minutes instead of 15.

and 125 is straight up twink. no desire for the extra weight class. fighters are already stuck fighting once, maybe twice a year. why add more divisions to congest it further?

Won't be less fights per event broseph. UFC has put on DOUBLE title affairs and still put five fights on the main card.

And a new division means that they're going to put on more events in total.
 

checkii

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Won't be less fights per event broseph. UFC has put on DOUBLE title affairs and still put five fights on the main card.

And a new division means that they're going to put on more events in total.

i skipped the part where it said there will be more events now.

and if fights are longer, and the airtime stays the same, it has to result in less commercials/breaks, or less fights. Cause usually the best fight on every card is whatever they re-air after the main event.
 

Cro Cop

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and if fights are longer, and the airtime stays the same, it has to result in less commercials/breaks, or less fights. Cause usually the best fight on every card is whatever they re-air after the main event.

I wasn't really thinking about the free TV fights. You're right, though like always it depends on how long the fights go.
 

EG6

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Dana has said for awhile now that he wants to aim to have the UFC airing an event once a week. Adding the 125lb division is just the first step to achieving that.
 

checkii

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I wasn't really thinking about the free TV fights. You're right, though like always it depends on how long the fights go.

even PPV.

honestly, i can think of maybe 4 or 5 fights that i am glad went 5 rounds. I'd like to see a ratio of 5 round fights finished in the championship rounds. I have to think its pretty slim.

Honestly, is there any reason someone wanted to see 2 more rounds of any of these fights (sans kampmann)?

Guida vs. Pettis
Rampage vs. Hammil
Davis vs. Lil Nog
Sanchez vs. Kampmann
Bonnar vs. Prokrajac
Rampage vs. machida
marquardt vs. Okami
Bisping vs. Akiyama
Cro Cop vs. Mir
Marquardt vs. Paul harris
Hammil vs. Jardine
Rampage vs. Evans
 

Cro Cop

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I'd rather see an extra two rounds of boring fights here and there than have controversial three round finishes. Open it up to five rounds and we're more likely to see these fights finished before the judges get to fuck it up.
 

EG6

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I'd rather see an extra two rounds of boring fights here and there than have controversial three round finishes. Open it up to five rounds and we're more likely to see these fights finished before the judges get to fuck it up.

+1

It'll force all fighters to work up their stamina so they don't gas by the 3rd lol
 

checkii

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+1

It'll force all fighters to work up their stamina so they don't gas by the 3rd lol

no it wont. it will force 2 fighters to. and then they can gas in the 4th instead. weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


I actually dont care. I dont pay for events, i have no right to give a shit.
 

Zoolander

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Lately I have been paying for more and more.


As for 5 round fights, I would have enjoyed Mousasi-Harding for 2 more, even if that was SF. But honestly, I don't mind it.
 

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