UFC 169 has come and gone, and the results were not surprising. Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, two of the UFC’s most dominant champions, proved once again, that when it comes to their weight classes, they have no equal.
I went 0-5 on my predictions for last Saturday’s card.
Am an idiot? Quite possible.
Was I in the minority for picking Urijah Faber and Ricardo Lamas to walk out New Jersey as the new champions? Yes.
So why, then, did I believe that two of the best pound for pound fighters in the UFC would lose?
I would love to tell you I had some inside information, or I saw a hole in the champions game that Lamas and Faber would be able to expose over the course of a 5 round fight. But the fact of the matter is, I predicted new champions because I, like quite a few MMA fans out there, feel the product is getting stale. Now don’t get me wrong, the UFC continues to put on great cards, with interesting fights that appeal to both the casual and hardcore fan. My problem is that things never change – more specifically the champions all seem unbeatable.
Is the fact that we are in an era of the UFC of where the champions can’t seem to lose a bad thing? Really, that answer is a personal one. In other sports, dynasties can divide a sports fans. Some think it’s great for the sport, others not. I fall more in line with those that believe variety is the spice of life.
Here’s what I mean:
Cain Velasquez has been the heavyweight champion since December 2012
Jon Jones has been the light heavyweight champion since March 2011
Jose Aldo has been the featherweight champion since April 2011
Renan Barao has been the bantamweight champion since July 2012
Demetrious Johnson has been the flyweight champion since September 2012
Georges St. Pierre didn’t even lose his title, and there are still many who believe Chris Weidman has yet to truly beat Anderson Silva. The lightweight championship just changed hands after a long run from Benson Henderson.
My problem isn’t with the long reigning champions, it’s that the threats to those titles seem few and far between. In fact, most fans are clamouring for dream fights between champions within the different weight classes. Whether it’s Jose Aldo moving up to fight Anthony Pettis or Jon Jones moving up to fight Cain Velasquez – marquee match ups within the division have yet to really get anyone excited.
Having an unbeatable, dominant champion can be awesome. Having 5, dominant, unbeatable champions can make a product stale.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think?