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UFC must deal with injuries before injuries deal with UFC

Posted: September 13, 2012 - 10:42pm

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is back Sept. 22 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, for UFC 152. The card features two championship fights between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort as well as the first ever flyweight championship fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson. All that to say … FINALLY!
The last time the UFC held just one event, in a month, it was March 2012. Since then multiple fight cards have been held monthly, effectively spoiling MMA fans and media alike. This leads perfectly into the debacle known as UFC 151 where, essentially, the UFC canceled an entire event based on the fallout of one fight on that card — Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson.
Admittedly, I’ve oversimplified a situation that has more depth than a Norah Jones song, but the punch line is the same. Injury led to matchmaking scramble, which led to cancellation. While the drama surrounding the cancellation of UFC 151 continues to stir MMA media and fighters, a question still lingers. Who’s truly at fault?
If you polled MMA fans today, on that very question, their answer would probably ring out like a Southern Baptist choir singing — Jon Jones. Frankly, almost everyone points to Jones as the scapegoat for UFC 151, but is he to blame for the collapse of an entire card? No.
Here’s the bottom line. UFC 151 was canceled due to injury. Yes, let me repeat, UFC 151 was canceled due to injury. With the UFC selling us a glass of Jon Jones “Haterade,” we have conveniently missed the true issue plaguing the future of the promotion and MMA as a whole — injuries.
With an injury-plagued 2012 year, who could blame the UFC for shifting the focus off themselves and onto, practically, anything or anyone else? Like using duct tape to stop a leaky pipe, it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing the same seepage again. Unless MMA promotions start to address and educate their fighters on training smarter not harder, injuries will continue to rear their ugly head. Unfortunately, for the UFC, it has once again!
This past Tuesday, that relentless arthropod known as the injury bug took a bite out of another UFC fight card. A trifecta of trouble hit when featherweight champion Jose Aldo and light heavyweight contenders Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Vladimir Matyushenko had to pull out of their matches at UFC 153 Rio due to injury. Once again, the injury epidemic has caused a headache for UFC president Dana White and irritation among MMA fans. Which brings us back to our original question. Whose fault is it?   
As MMA continues its meteoric rise from subculture domain to mainstream America, injuries are going to become a hot-button topic and a potential stumbling block to future growth. At this point the UFC is entering the dangerous territory of “the promotion who cries wolf” and, unless they start finding a way to combat fighter injuries, the only person to blame is themselves.  

Scott Levesque writes a weekly column for the Clarion on mixed martial arts. He will cover MMA at the local, state and national levels. His handle on Twitter is @scottlevesque.

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KRF 09/14/12 - 10:49 am
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UFC and Fans need to mature

Both the UFC and the Fans need to mature. Fans need to understand that when you buy a PPV or a ticket, you run the risk of athletes being injured, just like NFL, NBA, and MLB.

UFC needs to mature anf have faith in the product and thier roster, not just in a half dozen marquee names. Granted the headliners carry the majority of events, but we have all seen the so called "cursed" cards turn out to be some of the best fights of all time.

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levesque710 09/14/12 - 02:06 pm
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@KRF

Disagree. The difference between UFC and those other major sports that you mentioned is that if A-Rod or Kobe or Megatron go down from injury, their team still shows up to play the game. You still have something to root for...something to watch. When an injury happens in MMA, the bout is done, and if you paid to watch two fighters go at it and one of them gets injured, you're SOL.

P.S. Despite what my username might indicate, I am NOT the author of this article.

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KRF 09/21/12 - 01:11 pm
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@levesque710

That is my whole point, you should buy tickets or PPV for the event or the card, not a bout. If you spend your money and time for a single fight, you will be disapointed a bunch. If you buy the card or ticket for the enjoyment of the sport, you will never be let down. Like I said fans and promotions need to mature to the point where we enjoy the sport, not the personalities. Otherwise MMA will be gone when Dana White finally has a heart attack and Joe Rogan has no more beard to make fun of.

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levesque710 09/21/12 - 02:21 pm
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@KRF

That's a little unrealistic. There's a reason viewing and attendance for PGA events plummeted when Tiger went on his hiatus. Fans want to see the best of the best - we live in a superstar-, celebrity-driven society and fans have every right to maintain that. These "personalities" are the reason the UFC is where it is and pulls in the money that it does. Depending so heavily on such a small percentage of athletes is going to come with some dangers, especially in a sport where injuries are so prevalent.

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