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40+ UFC Events in 2014

zarog
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11.22.2013 | 6:50 PM ET

According to Lorenzo, the UFC's gonna be hosting over 40 events next year. Sounds like they'll be planning on signing lots of foreign fighters. Also, this means that the roster really can hold well over 400 fighters with the number of events coming next year, so hopefully the wave of cuts will relax some.

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FresnoMMA
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11.22.2013 | 7:02 PM ET

I really can't wait to see all the new foreign signings they'll be making.

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11.23.2013 | 1:23 PM ET

I've been thinking about this more, and I'm skeptical that the UFC will lighten up on how strict they are with cuts. If they are serious about a 115 lb women's division, that means we're gonna see the men's divisions continue to be culled. Foreign fighters will essentially have to win their debut or they'll be cut the way that the UFC has set this up. Even if they have 54 events in 2015, as Lorenzo originally stated would take place in 2014, then the roster still won't be able to handle 500 fighters. If the 115 lb division is added, they'll be able to have about 47 fighters per weight class. The fighters that will be cut are going to come mostly from LW & WW because both of those divisions currently have over 70 fighters. With 397 fighters under contract, I'm less sure that the added events will convince the UFC to keep guys around.

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11.23.2013 | 1:28 PM ET

and only 18- worth staying up till 3am to watch probs :/ more cards not always a good thing if you ask me . cards not as deep

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11.23.2013 | 2:34 PM ET

I think that's the beauty of it ... not all cards are supposed to be equally deep, and they don't need to pull killer ratings for all of them. What they're trying to do is solidify the brand as the front-runner of MMA while the sport is blowing up. Even the slimmest of UFC cards is still way deeper than the best card anyone else out there can muster up.

From a marketing pov they're doing the right thing (at least for them).

As far as the new-coming fans (and there are loads since MMA is getting bigger by the day) the UFC is MMA and that's what they're banking on.

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11.23.2013 | 2:45 PM ET

I like it. Can't wait till FOX is confident enough to put UFC on every SAT night on Big FOX or at least once a month instead of just 4 times a year. Then UFC will be able to slowly get away from PPVs with all the money from advertising.

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11.23.2013 | 4:06 PM ET

I'm excited about the number of events, but I'm hoping that there aren't too many that are gonna be on Wednesdays. I have class on Wednesdays, so sucks whenever there's a card on at that time. I'm cool with lower name value fights because those guys tend to get after it more it seems. As long as the fights are good, I don't really care who's involved.

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11.23.2013 | 4:15 PM ET

I have class and wednesdays too, so i pretend to take notes on my laptop, turn the sound off, and try to avoid shouting ¨Oh Shit!¨ over the sound of my professor´s voice

* Edited at 11.23.2013, 4:16 PM ET *

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zarog
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11.23.2013 | 4:26 PM ET

@Ben Haha, I feel ya. I just skipped my Wed. night class the semester I had one in undergrad, but I actually have to pay attention in my grad classes.

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11.23.2013 | 5:15 PM ET

Im in grad school too. Haha

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11.23.2013 | 5:49 PM ET

I'm stoked they are having more events next year. They will be running 3 to 4 a month. It's great for the fighters who are having trouble staying active. They may actually be able to give every fighter on their roster at least 3 fights a year some even 4. Of course there will be names we don't know at first, but as these guys get more opportunities and exposure they can start to become much more recognizable. Guys will be more likely to have 10 fights in the UFC before seeing a title shot. There is more room for developing talent on the prelims especially young HWs. 

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11.23.2013 | 10:00 PM ET

I love it.

More events the better. 

Especially when they start adding weight classes. 
buffalo ben
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11.24.2013 | 7:26 PM ET

im looking forward to the day when the UFC has no major competitors, and everything is organized with feeders and top flight events all being connected. That way there will only be one guy being called 
¨world champion¨ at each weight. 

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11.24.2013 | 7:30 PM ET

Except the UFC really has no major competitors.

Bellator and WSOF aren't really major competitors to the UFC for many reasons already previously stated which I honestly have no desire to breakdown.

If you think either one is really a major competitor to the UFC, then you need to reevaluate your opinion on MMA then.

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11.24.2013 | 7:32 PM ET

you are right, they aren´t competitors in the sense that they don´t begin to compare. The problem is they have talent that doesn´t get to compete with the UFC stable. This applies more to Bellator so far

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11.25.2013 | 12:06 AM ET

I think a big part of this expansion is getting cards more location orientated. Obviously they are still going to have a large number of high profile cards that are the money makers but they seem to be using a lot of the smaller shows to showcase different fighters. It would be smart for them to make the fight for the troops shows annual since the military is a large target audience. Also, with the addition of show in smaller markets like sweden, china, singapore and mexico, they are expanding their influence in those places. Some of the more far away shows may have fighters that are only going to fight on that one card but it gives the opportunity for the sport to grow and the chance for a new hidden star to emerge. I think the UFC is far from over saturation. t is all about who the target audience is

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