UFC on FX Fuel
Hold your horses.
Remember when every UFC show moving forward was supposed to feature a five round main event? That no longer appears to be the case.
According to Matt Bishop of the Detroit News, unless a title is on the line, all UFC on FX and UFC on Fuel shows will feature three round main events. The five round non-title bouts will be reserved for pay-per-views and for the big network UFC on FOX shows.
Fuel TV is planning six events in 2012 and considering that two UFC events are already scheduled for FX by March 3, it appears FX could be landing a similar amount of shows this year.
We've got the list of affected main events after the jump.
UFC on FX 1: Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller
UFC on Fuel 2: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
In 2011, four events featured five round non-title bouts, UFX 138, UFC 139, The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale and UFC 141. Only the incredible fight of the year winner between Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua was actually able to utilize the bonus rounds as the other three fights were finished before the need for a fourth or fifth frame.
The "Shogun" vs. "Hendo" fight was incredible because of the two extra rounds. Otherwise it would have been a pretty lopsided three round decision victory for Dan Henderson.
Do you Maniacs feel deprived that the above fights won't be going for five? Does it affect your picks for who will win considering fighters like Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez tend to turn it on in the later rounds?