A 2010 mixed martial arts wish list.

A grand new year is upon us MMA fans, and it’s time to look forward to the next 12 months.  Over the past year we’ve seen the sport continue to grow.  Coverage has been better than ever, the organizations have done their part and provided fans with excellent cards, and we are seeing top level athletes make the move to Mixed Martial Arts earlier and earlier.

With all the success and growth, there are still those things I would love to see change in the upcoming year.  This is my 2010 wish list for the sport.  When putting it together I wanted to be careful and try and limit my list to things that are realistic.   While I have included only 5 on my list, feel free to list yours below  I’d love to read them.

A Strikeforce 2010 schedule with fighters that extends farther than 1 week prior to an event.

Let me start off by saying  I really like STRIKEFORCE.  They are hard not to like,  great cards, affordable to watch.  But for the love of god, you are hurting yourself,  your fans,  your media outlets that would like to cover your events, and most of all your fighters.

Can someone please give me a full fight card for January 30th Miami card?   Let me save you the trouble, no one can.

From Strikeforce.com

MAIN CARD
NICK DIAZ (20-7) VS MARIUS ZAROMSKIS (12-3)
CRISTIANE CYBORG SANTOS (9-1) VS MARLOES COENEN (17-3)
HERSCHEL WALKER (0-0) VS TBA
BOBBY LASHLEY (4-0) VS TBA

We are officially 3 and a half weeks out.  I would love nothing more than to interview the guy fighting Lashley,  or  Walker.  I’m sure the people who you are depending on to purchase tickets might like to know who they will see fight.  I’m pretty certain it might benefit  Lashley, Walker, and your TBD  undercard to have an idea of who they are going to fight.

It’s been reported by Scott Coker you have 20 events coming up this year, with only 2 fights confirmed things appear off to a slow start.

I don’t think I’m asking for a lot here.   I wish Strikeforce would give us a 60 day schedule.

Stop interviewing the losing fighter in the cage.

Nothing good comes from this.   What can you ask a fighter who just lost?  What happened? There is only two ways for the interview to go.   A list of excuses that no one wants to hear  or a “ He was the better man tonight.”  Speech which is better suited for the post fight presser.

I’m tired of the excuses, and I certainly don’t want to hear them immediately after the fight.  When  Fighter A  tells me he entered the fight with a bad back, neck, sprained ankle,  the flu, a feaver, a hangnail ect…..  The only thing that goes through my mind  is  “ I just paid 50 bucks to watch Fighter A  fight at 50 percent”  Stop interviewing the losing fighter in the cage.

Stop saying you are willing to Die in the cage

You’re not, and if you are you should have failed your pre fight medical.   The sport is growing and would like to continue to do so.   Many people watch the events with their children.   There is a  big difference between “ I’ll always fight for my fans and I’ll never give up”  and  “ I fight for my fans and I’m willing to die in the cage.”   One is inspirational  the other a sign of mental illness. Stop saying you are willing to Die in the cage.

Team mates need to fight each other.

I appreciate and respect organizations and the match makers who do their best to be sensitive to fight camps and team mates.  With that said, there are cases where training partners need to return the favor and do themselves a favor in the process.   The first thing that comes to mind is the UFC’s welterweight division and the guys from AKA.    With 3 fighters in the top 6 of the division and 2 in the top 3, nothing good is coming of training partners not fighting.

Guys like Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck can continue to avoid fighting, but they are going to hurt themselves.   Everybody who follows the sport knows that things happen in the sport, and the more frequently you fight, the better your chance of losing.    I like Paulo Thiago, but at UFC 95 when he defeated Koscheck, it was a no win situation for Koscheck.   A win would have meant nothing. ( at the time) and the loss really hurt.   And Fitch is no better, how many Mike Pierce’s  can Fitch fight before he gets “got” ?

These two fighters are not alone, they are just the most visible current example.  I wish we would see  Fitch vs. Koscheck in 2010

I wish we could have a  NYE show in 2010 held in NYC.

OK, I know I said I wanted to stay realistic,  so we will call this one a long shot.  Nothing would make me happier than for an American company to hold a NYE show to close out the year.    2010  NYE show at Madison Square Garden?   I know there is a long way to go,  we need the sport regulated in New York, and a company to reserve the venue.

I wish for a NYE  show in NYC to close out 2010.

There you have it, my humble list of wishes.  What realistic wish do you have for the sport?

Network TV deal?

Co-Promotion?     List your wish below.

18 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    The first thing I would wish for is for Direct tv to get verses back so I can watch the wec again.
    Other than that I think your list was pretty damm good esp the part about Strikeforce letting us know who is going to be fightong.
    Also I would love to get the Affliction shirt prize sometime this year.

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  • Bad Monkey says:

    Fedor vs. Brock in the UFC

    Or, at least Fedor in the UFC.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    nice posts brother, have to agree with all those points. i’m pretty sure the Strikeforce fighters could put on better shows if they were able to fit in long training camps. cung le for example, looked awful out of shape against scott smith, lost his fight and unbeaten recoed when he really should have won

    would love to see the UFC put on a monumental end of year show every year, whereeverthefuckever, just put one on, cmon its new years eve, lets get some super fights going! combine a card with WEC and run a 6 hour show

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I like the list- I’m from NYC so that really hits home… even more so with UFC 111 right around the corner. I personally think they should invest some more time in the surrounding areas and NYC will see the potential revenue lost to neighboring cities and that just may be the motiviation needed to legalize MMA in NYC.

    I really agree with the TBA fighter nonsense…. that really has to go if you want fans to have some sort of vested interest in the show. I think if they were PPV it would be a different story but either way they really should be able to secure match ups and promote them properly… until the nthey will always be missing viewership.

    I understand team mates not wanting to fight each other most of us wouldn’t want to fight our co-worker friends but if it’s for advancement in the weight class or a championship/ contender bout they need to get in there and do what they gotta do… it’s there job at the end of the day- If my co-worker/friend had the same chance I had for a promotion I would wish him well and then go do my best to get the promotion, because at the end of the day I want to eat just as much as he does and it’s business not personal- guys like Kos & Fitch really don’t have much options left but to get it on.

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  • Vogairian says:

    My top five wish list.

    1. Vs. back on DirecTV.
    2. Mousasi in the UFC
    3. Stunning upset of BJ or Anderson. I’d like to see something suprising happen to one of them, because outside of that I don’t see either of them dropping the title.
    4. Brock to come back healthy.
    5. No injury riddled cards like 108.

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  • MCM says:

    Good point Rece Rock about neighboring cites. With the UFC going to Boston next year, I can see NY getting pissed and pushing forward pro MMA legislation.

    I would also like to see the UFC get a major network deal. I loved Strikeforce on CBS, but would love to see the UFC put on a couple of fight nights even more.

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  • felrod says:

    10. I would LOVE for the UFC to establish rankings and some logical semblance of title shot assignment.
    9. The MMA-to-Hollywood crossover fad ended.
    8. Chicks fighting in the UFC or WEC
    7. PPV’s that don’t carry a title fight to not be full price or for free on Spike
    6. For Tito Ortiz to not state “I’m 100% healthy and am coming off the best camp of my life” in every pre-fight interview.
    5. Continued success to Strikeforce, Bellator, Dream and Sengoku
    4. An objective non-UFC related comment by Dana White on another mma promotion
    3. All of the prelims on Spike
    2. UFC on network tv
    1. Lighter weight classes brought on to the UFC

    Bonus: SF vs UFC 1 time only Champion vs Champion face-offs (they said wish list)

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  • mmajosh says:

    Fedor vs. Brock or Mir or Carwin or Valesquez. Pretty much any UFC Top contender. NYE at MSG would be totally sick and I would be excited. That’s a long shot but it has an entire year to happen!

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  • Guthookd says:

    Good list David. BTW, thanks for this website. I really like this format.
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    1. UFC to send LW fighters to the WEC so that there is only one belt for each weight class in the Zuffa owned promotions (which, in my mind, would make them the two elite MMA promotions without dispute)
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    2. WEC to add a 125 lb weight class.
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    3. Fedor to loose to an unknown opponent, who also immediately looses his next fight to yet another unknown opponent.
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    4. GSP and A. Silva to fight at whatever weight they could both make.
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    5. Zuffa to start or buy a third promotion featuring only women fighters. Cross promoted with WEC and UFC events.

    Non realistic……….
    1. For CroCop to bounce back and knock some more heads off, then take the HW title.
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    2. Hacksaw Jim Duggin to make his MMA debut with Strikeforce, vs. Hershel Walker.
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    3. That Randy didn’t fight Coleman.

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  • Guthookd says:

    Last one….after reading that other thread.

    That Ken Shamrock will retire and just run his gyms and train new fighters.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Guthooked, Hacksaw would take Hershal but only if they allow for him to use the 2×4.

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  • elkymbo says:

    Hoooooooooooooooo!!!!!

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  • elkymbo says:

    Finally getting to see Fedor vs Randy?

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  • Nick Havok says:

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  • I would like to see another comeback season of The Ultimate fighter.. That way the focus is off the coaches and onto the fighters. The first comback season had better fights than average, and it really made people who were just getting into mma really get to know some good veterans not only in the ring, but gettin the back story on them.

    I wish for Mousasi to fight Hendo so we can see if he really is THAT good.

    I wish for Cerrone and Varner to fight again whether a title is involved or not.

    I wish Machida Vs. Shogun to be a little bit faster paced the second time around so it ups Shoguns chance of winning.

    I wish Brock a speedy recovery.

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  • JAI says:

    I would love for UFC and STRIKEFORCE to do a New Years Eve Co-promotion similar to the one that Sengoku and Dream just had.

    You could have the top 2 guys from each weight class fight fight each other (Champ vs Champ & #1 Contender vs #1 Contender).

    If they were to set it up right now, the match-ups would most likely be as followed:

    UFC -VS- STRIKEFORCE (NEW YEAR’S EVE FIGHT CARD)

    The card would consist of about 15 fights or so.
    Which promotion would win?
    What would the score be?

    HW: Fedor Emelienenko -vs- Brock Lesnar & Alistar Overeem -vs- Frank Mir
    Pick a winner: Pick a winner:
    Method of victory: Method of victory:

    LHW: Gegard Moussasi -vs- Lyoto Machida & King Mo Lawal -vs- Shogun Rua
    Pick a winner: Pick a winner:
    Method of victory: Method of victory:

    MW: Anderson Silva -vs- Jake Sheilds & Vitor Belfort -vs- Dan Hendersen
    Pick a winner: Pick a winner:
    Method of victory: Method of victory:

    WW: GSP -vs- Nate Diaz & Dan Hardy -vs- Marius Zaromskis
    Pick a winner: Pick a winner:
    Method of victory: Method of victory:

    LW: BJPenn -vs- Gilbert Melendez & Josh Thomson -vs- Kenny Florian
    Pick a winner: Pick a winner:
    Method of victory: Method of victory:

    BONUS FIGHTS: Brett Rogers -vs- Shane Carwin
    Pick a winner:
    Method of victory:

    Rashad Evans -vs- Babalu Sobral
    Pick a winner:
    Method of victory:

    Nate Marquardt -vs- Melvin Manhoef
    Pick a winner:
    Method of victory:

    Jon Fitch -vs- Jay Hieron
    Pick a winner:
    Method of victory:

    KJ Noons -vs- Gray Maynard
    Pick a winner:
    Method of victory:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but this looks like it would be an awesome card filled with some tremendous potential match-ups. This is something I always wanted to see happen between UFC and PRIDE back in the day and could now be done between UFC and STRIKEFORCE. This would prove which promotions truly has the best fighters in the world on it’s roster. It would be a FOR SURE sell out. They could either do it as a Pay Per View with the Prelims airing on SPIKE, or they could just air the entire live on CBS. The ratings would be THROUGH THE ROOF!! At the end of the card, the winning promotion would be presented with some form of trophy by the loosing promotion and then they would prepare to do it again the following year. It would be Awesome!!!

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    my wish is for kids on this site to stop wanting people to die just cause they dont like that person

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  • greatness says:

    i wouldn’t mind seeing dana ***. he is so bad for the sport. i will give him credit for getting the ufc to where it is, but the ufc and MMA in general has a chance to grow so much and to be huge mainstream wise and his attitude and lack of respect with not get them to where they need to go. just like how cro cop signed his deal because of talking to Lorenzo and tito likewise, i see alot of fighters not wanting to deal with dana.

    i believe if he doesn’t change soon he will lose out ona few more big stars and that is all that SF will need to really compete with them.

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