Before I begin, I must state that I am just as guilty as anyone else. Yet, it dawned on me that perhaps some of us as armchair matchmakers and fighters should ease up a little on the criticism. Or not, it’s all in fun…
However, as I have been perusing the blogs and listening to the podcasts of late, it seems to be a common theme to bash whatever promotion is putting together fight cards for the public. I understand that people want their money’s worth, but many of these fights we see are for free (if your cable bill is paid). Lamenting about TUF fights, UFC Fight Night, the WEC and former BODOG fights seems to suggest we have been spoiled.
Even though many organizations may not be able to put on as many good matchups as the UFC and the UFC sometimes has cards that are not that desirable, we have to think about this. In these events we have 16 to 20 guys who get together for a period of 2 to 3 hours and fight for our entertainment. The acceptable skill level has increased substantially for most organizations so the majority of matches are good fights.
We are in a golden age. Where else could we watch so many fights for free (“Free TV” as Dana White says) or for $39.95?