It could be "Fight of the Night," but it could also be one of the fights you don't get to see unless you have UFC Fight Pass, the promotion's digital streaming platform that houses select preliminary bouts ahead of pay-per-view (PPV) and FOX Sports 1 fight cards.
Including Lorenz Larkin vs. Neil Magny.
Larkin, who returns to the cage at UFC 202 next weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, understands how the business operates, but insists the decision to relegate his welterweight showdown to the subscription-only service was just downright stupid.
From his conversation with Three Amigos:
"It's the stupidest thing I've seen in a while and I don't understand it whatsoever. I get that from a business aspect, they want to sell more subscriptions, but as a fighter, it makes no sense to put that type of fight on the early prelims. Man... I don't even know what to say. It's just stupid. This fight, Cub Swanson's fight -- those are main card material. At the very least, and I'm not crazy about this either, it's a prelim bout for FOX Sports 1. Come on, these aren't Fight Pass fights. Anytime I'm asked to comment on anything, I try to look at it from a fighter's aspect and a business aspect, so I'm not being the 'dumb fighter' that's talking out of his ass. That said, I do understand they're trying to sell subscriptions, but from a fighter's point of view, I have to wonder what it does for me. How does this benefit me?"
Fight Pass not getting much love these days.
Larkin (17-5, 1 NC) replaced the injured Dong Hyun Kim (more on that switcheroo here) and was last seen taking a close split decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 88. His Magny bout takes place on Sat., Aug. 20, 2016 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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