07-02-2006, 11:58 PM
Join Date: May 2006
Originally Posted by Salvy_Mic
I don't think it would hurt Spike at all. About 95% of the fights on TUF or UFN involve a lot of guys making their debuts, TUF guys, or lower tier guys hoping for a break and exposure. Every once in awhile you get true big deal fights that hold a lot of meaning and involve big names, like Loiseau vs. Tanner, Silva vs. Leben, Sylvia vs. Silva (too many Silvas), Sanchez vs. Diaz. The fights on Spike would be the equivalent of ESPN's Friday Night Fights series, while the HBO fights would involve more matches like PPV undercards and swing bouts, as well as a few truly intriguing matches for titles or title shots. Meanwhile, they could put more marquee matchups on PPV, but they probably won't. The PPVs would be a marquee fight, a few intriguing ones, and a bunch of filler. No multiple marquee fights a night like UFCs 52, 59, and 61.
But either way, it's a lot more exposure for MMA, and for the UFC in particular. They will now be able attract more talent to their organization, play to bigger venues, but inversely, will have no excuse to not pay their talent more.
you know the funny thing is that it's always the fans that complain about the fighters pay and not the fighters.I think people should worry more about there own paychecks and worry less about others.