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12 years later I still stand by this
04-13-2022, 12:35 AM
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12 years later I still stand by this
Real MMA dying, this is the blueprint for revival


From: EVILYOSHIDA

MMA is currently at a crossroads. Fights are lackluster, devoid of excitement due to stalling and the win at all costs objective that most fighters have adopted.

This is what the UFC absolutely has to do in order to reclaim credibility as a martial arts organization. I have tried to make my blueprint reasonable. for example, i like soccer kicks but didnt include them because there is basically zero chance this is possible in america's political climate.

Here they are:

1) Allow 4-point knees. This is simple. This enhances the ground action and is safer than elbows (causing less cuts)



2) Bonus for finishing fights for each individual fight, instead of giving FOTN bonuses or ko of the night bonuses. Give fighters a clear guaranteed incentive to finish their fights and they will.

3) Ban Elbows. Elbows are more nuisance then effective. They can cause serious gashes and cuts and can threaten a fighters career. Also they rarely end fights. there is a reason why pride had soccer kicks, stomps, 4 point knees but no elbows. pride was smart.

4) Make the cage smaller or adopt a ring. the cage is way too big, with no corners making it easier to stall and dance around in the ring. simply put it's way too big. The ring is awesome for both strikers and grapplers. Strikers can trap an opponent in the corner and tee off and grapplers are allowed to fight in a more open environment. also the ring has better visibility.

5) stop cutting fighters after a couple of losses. If japan ever adopted this mindset we would not see current stars such as Omigawa that have clearly improved to elite status with the right nurturing. Reward effort to fight, not just clear results. this will stop people from gaming victories thinking they are safe as long as they win.

6) get rid of the amateur production. It really is getting stale. Give the event more of a martial arts atmosphere. i'm not talking about takada in a diaper, but the production and visuals should represent more of the asian martial arts tradition as BJJ, MT, JUDo ae highly influential arts as well. Also, get rid of the heavy metal music, it's very unprofessional and low class.



7) Allow gis, wrestling shoes, banana tights etc. This is martial arts, not naked man humping. Gis simulate a real street situation as nobody fights in speedos. Also pride used them to great effect and gives the show more variety with different kinds of looks besides tribal tats, shaved heads and tapout beanies.



8) 10 minute first round. I can't stress this enough. Fighters have peak energy for the first 5-10 minutes of a fight. it is lame to stop them right when things get going. Also this would allow for more setups in the grappling aspect as in the usual ufc fight it is like 2 minutes of dancing, 1 minute of attempts and then finally at the 4th minute someone get a takedown and tries to work for someting and bam the round is over. lame. 10 minute first round would provide continous flow of action when it counts the most.

9) get rid of boxing judges and boxing affiliated athletic commissions. We need commissions and oversight but they would be built from the ground up with MMA in mind, not adpated boxing standards. It is ridiculous how guys like cecil people can judge fights when they clearly don't understand what's going on.

10) Judge fights as a whole, and not round by round. Clearly this is just not a good way to judge fights as this gives fighters incentive just to win rounds by lnp or wall n stall. effort to finish the fight should be rewarded and fighters that finish stronger should be reward as well.

11)Stop planning fights so far in advance. Shorter notice is better as it allows for more flexibility in providing entertaining matchups. Shorter notice means less time to fully study an opponent and allows fighters to rely on their natural instincts and skills. this prevents "gaming" victories and nullifying the action by each knowing each other's strengths too well.

12) CUT DOWN THE NUMBER OF EVENTS. MMA was good with pride because they had an event that could be built up every 2-3 months, with BUSHIDO filling in that void when pride was building another card. MMA needs to have more quality and less quantity. They need to integrate the WEC and UFC more and provide more matches through all weight classes, higher quality matches. You lose the excitement when there are events every 2 weeks. UFC's job is supposed to showcase the best and most talented. They should allow smaller mma orgs to exist to provide feeder fighters.

13) Disallow excessive weight cutting with same day weigh ins, or a reweigh in on the day of the fight with 2% wiggle room. Fights like Tibau and Uno should not be happening. guys that naturally weigh 190 should not be fighting at 155. Weight classes are instituted for a reason and i want to see guys of equal weight fighting each other in a contest of skill.




14) Institute divisional ranking system to give fighters a clear level of where they stand in their respective division. Title fights will be more meaningful and it would prevent fighters from getting undeserved title shots. Shooto has just such a system and it works very well.

15) Stop plugging products and movies right before fights or before a replay. this gives the viewer an impression of cheapness. martial arts should be about honor and pride. I do not want to be inundated with saw 3 cms and pick your favorite xyience girl when i paid 50 bucks for a ppv.

16) More International talent. There is a lot of great intl talent, esp. in the lighter weight divisions. Stop fielding a few token intl fighters and begin to make it evenly mixed mostly between brazil, usa, japan and europe. This will add to excitement and country rivalries. UFC tends to have a preference for cornfed fighters from the commonwealth. this needs to change. (credit to jons forsberg for reminding me of this critical point)

17) stop petty squabbles with fighters and other oganization. Be open to the idea of co-promotion at certain times when it helps the sport grow as a whole. Pride and k1 copromoted. k1 and strikeforce do so currently. Pride regularly released fighters to fight in other orgs or back and forth between the ufc and pride. Dana needs to adopt a more open mindset which will help the UFC more in the end. Pride didn't lose any fighters with their open policy, instead it enhanced interest in their fighters.



Lower Priority:

1) yellow cards to enhance the flow of action but they should be administered in a fair and rational way. each yellow card issued will result in a 10% deduction in the fight purse.

2) Soccer kicks greatly enhances the flow of action between ground and standing positions. Disallows turtling and other cheap stalling tactics. Great example of this was when pride instituted these in pride 13, sakuraba's turtling no longer worked.




3) Ref cam and mic inside the ring. These would be welcome additions that would enhance the feel of the fight. for ref cams, we would have a "live" view for certain replays etc. that standard cameras do not catch. these could be implemented without any issues regarding the commissions.

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04-13-2022, 12:35 AM
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RE: 12 years later I still stand by this
written in 2010
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04-13-2022, 05:44 AM
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RE: 12 years later I still stand by this
(04-13-2022 12:35 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote:  11)Stop planning fights so far in advance. Shorter notice is better as it allows for more flexibility in providing entertaining matchups. Shorter notice means less time to fully study an opponent and allows fighters to rely on their natural instincts and skills. this prevents "gaming" victories and nullifying the action by each knowing each other's strengths too well.

There's too much coaching in most modern sports in general but it hurts MMA the most because the original ethos was about who wins in a street survival situation. You don't prepare 6 months for a street fight, plus many fights turn out boring as a result as gameplans are built around canceling out each other strengths. GSP and Jon Jones for example were two of the most talented and exciting fighters coming up only to be ruined by that tool Jackson MMA with his point fighting mentality. Most of their title defenses were extremely boring.
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04-13-2022, 05:49 AM
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RE: 12 years later I still stand by this
people were flabbergasted when i wrote that

"what? LESS EVENTS?"

idiots

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04-13-2022, 07:42 AM
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RE: 12 years later I still stand by this
It's over. Just let it die. There is a completely different culture, spirit and sense of aesthetics today, and you can't fix that with a new or old ruleset.
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04-13-2022, 04:54 PM
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(04-13-2022 07:42 AM)rezin Wrote:  It's over. Just let it die. There is a completely different culture, spirit and sense of aesthetics today, and you can't fix that with a new or old ruleset.

it's true. but we're about to enter a new golden age

within 5 years

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04-16-2022, 10:02 AM
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RE: 12 years later I still stand by this
Those pre-scamdemic Bellator tournaments were really fun, it was almost like the Pride Days.
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