It seems that the injury bug has afflicted the UFC once more. I guess it was just waiting for the end of the year when all the great matchups were scheduled. Champions Cain Velasquez and Anthony Pettis are hurt, and Georges St. Pierre has relinquished his belt. You can practically feel the UFC’s pockets getting smaller.
Those three were humongous draws for the UFC, not to mention the fact that the Zuffa promotional machine was about to push Pettis into the limelight. That’s on the back burner for now, and I for one am ecstatic that this is happening.
This is the opportunity that the UFC needs, because the fact of the matter is that athletes get hurt and retire. The promotional machine is going to be working overtime trying to push new stars. I have a feeling that the little guys are going to be getting the A-list treatment. Dominick Cruz is about to fight again, so that is a logical choice, and there is always the success story of everyone on Team Alpha Male that the fans are getting behind.
That said, the biggest news is the addition of the strawweights to the women’s division.
The UFC has acquired more than a couple fighters from the all-female promotion Invicta FC (which has some awesome talent by the way), and is now going to do a tournament on the Ultimate Fighter to crown their inaugural champion. Dana White recently said that about half of the UFC fans are now female. A season of just female fighters on the Ultimate Fighter is going to boost ratings because the women are all serious fighters and can really scrap.
It’s out with the old and in with the new — let’s see some new faces and see what they can do when they are put on the biggest stage in the world.