| | Catch weight bouts/More weight divisions
The UFC has five weight classes, which is brilliant in the sense that it is easy to keep track of divisional champions. This is in stark contrast to boxing where there are multiple weight classes and at times who really is the champ can be confusing (not for me as I am a geek).
My point is that there should be more catchweight fights in the UFC. I would suggest more wieght classess but have a feeling that many MMA purists would be against the idea as we would have many more champions and it could dilute the significance of holding a UFC strap. Catchweight bouts would provide more interesting match ups and, in my humble opinion, give certain fighters more purpose in thier careers.
There are numerous examples of fighters who work their way up the ladder, get a shot at the title and find themselves coming up short, in many cases, very short against the current reigning champion. Fitch, Florian, Sanchez, Franklin are some that spring to mind straight away. My issues is that these guys then go back down the ladder, only to work their way up it and find themselves going up against the same guy who destroyed them. I don't like to see this. Granted people deserve second chances and fighters improve but if the first fight was so one sided and the second one is too, where dies a fighter go? Nowhere, they rot in a divison where they know they will never be champion. This state of llimbo is horrible for a fighter.
To avoid this state of limbo, I believe there should be either more wight divisions, giving fighters more options to fight and re-establish their careers or that there should be more catchwieght fights allowing fighters to showcase their ability. This is so they are not stuck in a division where they're too good for the rest but not good even for the best.
I know fighters can move weight classes but I feel the current jumps are too big unless you are a very very special fighter/athlete.