There won't be any title fights inside the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) cage anytime soon, as the upstart mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion revealed they won't be presenting division titles for the foreseeable future.
Only two events into their foray into the hurt business, WSOF Senior Executive Vice President Al Abdel-Aziz says for the time being, the promotion is solely focused on putting on "fun fights" fans want to see, much like last weekend's main event scrap at WSOF 2, which featured former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski taking on former welterweight contender, Anthony Johnson.
Abdel-Aziz broke it down to MMA Fighting:
"Right now, we're concerned with putting on fun fights for fans. In the process, for guys like Marlon Moraes, Justin Gaethje, Josh Burkman, and many others, we will make sure that when they get title shots they will have earned it. A title fight has to mean something to the promotion."
Probably not what Burkman wanted to hear after saying he wanted a shot at gold after running through Aaron Simpson in the very first round in Atlantic City.
Instead, "The People's Warrior" earned himself a non-title bout against Jon Fitch -- who was recently cut from the UFC roster -- which will headline WSOF 3 on June 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Perhaps an impressive win will "earn" one of the two talented 170-pound fighters a shot at gold down the road once the promotion decides to implement division titles or at the very least, consideration.
What's your take Maniacs, is it a wise move on the part of the young fight promotion to hold off on title fights for now and put on as many "fun fights" as possible to keep its brand alive and entertaining?
First things first, it would behoove WSOF officials to make sure issues such as unacceptable equipment and un-trained timekeepers don't surface again, before future title fights are canceled or become tainted with errors such as those.