Injuries in mixed martial arts (MMA) are an all too common occurrence. However, it seems the injury bug has been working overtime these last couple of months, putting dents in major Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events from UFC 146 all the way up to UFC 149.
Mark Hunt, Thiago Alves, Thiago Silva, Vitor Belfort, Dominick Cruz, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Jose Aldo, Brian Stann and Michael Bisping are just a few marquee fighters who have suffered major injuries that have caused the UFC brass to do some reshuffling of fight cards, much to the chagrin of some.
Many fans have been left disappointed as well, paying hefty coin to see their favorite fighters perform live, only to be disappointed with the news that an injury has scratched the bout altogether or caused a fight be moved to another event.
So what seems to be the problem?
UFC President Dana White seems to think fighters are simply going too hard in training and need to tone it down a bit, though he tells FUEL TV (via MMA Weekly) that by now he is "numb" to all the injuries that happen in the fight game.
Check it out:
"I'm numb to it now. Last year when the stuff started happening it was devastating. Now, I've chalked it up to this is part of the business, part of the deal. I think what's happening too and me and Joe Silva were talking about this tonight, you have so many talented guys out there now all in the same camp, going at it like they're fighting for the title, these guys need to tone it down in training a bit and stop hurting each other."
Many seem to believe the UFC's recently implemented insurance policy is a reason behind so many fighters pulling out of injuries with the safety net that they have insurance now to cover them.
White says it's simply not true:
"Guys that fight in the UFC and the guys that we deal with all the time are hungry to fight. These guys want to fight, and they want to get paid. The more you sit on the sidelines, and the more you're out, the less money you make. Like I always talk about the short window of opportunity in the fight business, I don't think that's the case."
On a positive note, the fact that the UFC has very talented roster at its disposal, gives them the luxury of being able to fill vacant slots with fights as intriguing as the original, if not more.
How about it Maniacs, with so many injuries over the last few months, are fighters going too hard in training? Should they tone it down a little bit as the UFC head honcho advises?
What do you think?