Just part of the UFC business model if you are making good money but not likely to win the title you'll get cut (Fitch, Okami, Guillard, Kongo etc...)
The cut is just another example of how the UFC is leaning more and more towards entertainment and getting away from the sport aspect. It's a shame really.
I understand this from the business side of things Jake Shields is for sure a top ten guy maybe even a top five however this dude could not draw in a fan on a chalk board and if you don't make them money really there is no point in you being with the company
I find your post (and a lot of the posts on this topic) to be very interesting.
First... I agree that Shields has to be one of the most boring fighters I've ever seen. I don't think that point is in dispute.
BUT!!!! It begs the question... (and it's a frequently asked question!) - "Is the UFC a SPORT... or ENTERTAINMENT?"
For me... this cut (and a lot of similar cuts) by the UFC speaks to the heart of the matter.
Because whether or not Jake Shields is a boring fighter or not... whether Fitch is boring or not... whether Okami is boring or not... that makes NO difference IF the UFC is a SPORT.
Because the UFC is SUPPOSEDLY about finding out who the BEST fighter in the world is.
To that end... if a guy wins... REGARDLESS of HOW he wins... he's the best.
To put it another way... if Shields (or any other fighter) can "Lay on a guy" for three rounds and win... then he is the better fighter.
If the UFC wants to be like "real life fighting"... then it doesn't matter how a guy wins! A win is a win.
Ask Royce Gracie.
Remember him? He didn't punch or kick or knock guys out... he won fights with what some might (and many do!) consider a boring grappling style.
But he won.
Proving he was the better fighter.
Because in real life fights... you don't get anything for being fancy. Or exciting. Or spectacular.
You either win, or lose.
If the UFC is trying to determine who the BEST fighter is... they can't pick and choose who to promote. They can't pick and choose styles they LIKE, and promote those... while just IGNORING guys they don't like. (Shields isn't exciting? Askren is boring? We'll just pretend they don't exist. Problem solved. Johnny Hendricks is the best.)
But is he?
I know this is long and rambling... but I hope my point is clear.
The UFC was born to answer the question WHO IS THE BEST FIGHTER? WHAT STYLE IS MOST EFFECTIVE?
NOT "what style is most exciting and sells the most tickets."
So... it seems to me that, as these cuts continue, the UFC is continuing to step toward ENTERTAINMENT... and away from real SPORT competition.
Just ask Gina Carano. She's about to make a lot of money on a fight that has NOTHING to do with competition... and everything to do with marketing and sales.
Just my two cents.
I want to see the best fighter win I don't care about their style, I'd rather they work on some of the rules and scoring aspects then cutting fighters.
I am not saying that I am happy he got fired but...I am happy he got fired!
Not only brazilians can do this stuff
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