So you wanna be an F'n champion?
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has seemingly inserted two brand new weight classes into it's brand with ease. The feathwerights (145lbs) and the bantamweights (135lbs) after absorbing the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) into the UFC.
The two divisions are headlined by two of the best fighters in the world period. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is also a talked about man on everyone's 'pound for pound' list as he holds wins over Urijah Faber, Mike Thomas Brown and Mark Hominick. UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has headlined two events in his first two UFC bouts and has wins over Urijah Faber, Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez.
The UFC believed so much in the talent pool that it has made it's 14th installment of 'Ultimate Fighter' reality show a clash of featherweights and bantamweight. The coaches are middleweights Michael Bisping and Jason 'Mayhem' Miller.
The opening round of fights to even get in the house were fast and highlight reel worthy. The level of intensity and excitement could have outdone some Strikeforce Challenger shows.
Dana White has expressed an interest in bringing the flyweight division (125lbs) to the world's biggest fight promotion and i have an idea to debut it
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In case you have been living under a rock you would know the UFC has forged a new television deal with FOX sports for Jan. 2012. No longer will the UFC be bringing new programming to SPIKE which means no more 'Ultimate Fighter' on Spikre either.
The 'Ultimate Fighter' will be brought to FOX affiliate FX after this season of the show. The fights will be live and the show will be getting revamped for the new slew of watchers. Canadian cable provider ROGERS has even dropped MMA hardcores favorite station, HDnet in anticipation for FX.
So, you have a desire for a new weight class that will host guys even faster and more explosive then the two other weight classes you brought over. You want fans to really dig the new weight class a lot so how do you get them over? a new season of the 'Ultimate fighter'.
Let's rewind back to when the UFC had no lightweight class or took it that serious. The greatest lightweight champion in BJ Penn had left the promotion with the strap. A scary time considering how great the division is now with talent. The UFC lightweight division maybe the most wide open in any division today.
Dana White wanted the lightweights back and so they created the 5th season of the 'Ultimate Fighter' to feature the re-branding of the lightweight division. The coaches were legends of the 155-pound class as BJ Penn and Jens Pulver clashed.
The season also introduced current UFC stars Gray Maynard, Nate Diaz, Cole Miller, Matt Wiman and Manny Gamburyan. Another was Joe Lauzon who ironically held a knockout win over coach Jens Pulver prior to the season commencing.
The amount of talent was amazing to say the least.
The good thing about flyweight is that the division is still relatively untouched. Not one company harbours all the talent as it has not been hugely promoted. The UFC would get almost the best of the best to get on this show. As you see the success of a season's cast dwindle to just the winner it be a beathe of fresh air.
So you have the best 16 flyweights you may get due to some having contracts overseas or on shore. How do we even make the series that much more interesting then others. How do we give FOX and FX something to hang their hat on?
A golden idea-Not only will the winner be the 'Ultimate Figher', he will also be the UFC's first-ever flyweight champion.
Imagine following a show for that many weeks in a tournament fashio and you slowly get to see one man become the champion. I even have a more intriguing idea to add a little spice. The fans have thrown the idea of Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez dropping down to flyweight, why not make them the coaches?.
So your finale would be the two finalist dueling for the much prized UFC flyweight championship but you get Johnson-Benavidez for the number one contender shot. You could easily flip the script and make the coaches fight for the gold and finalist fight for the contender shot.
This format makes you follow the show, watch the finale and buy the pay per view. Fans in the casual form need a connection to the fighters. The UFC garnered a lot of female fans by opening up the house with cameras. The more you connect with a personality the more likely you want to see him succeed.
so Maniacs' whatcha think?