Artem Lobov took his chance when he called out Cub Swanson as he knew better than anyone that talking can get you ahead but now with the chance he needed to take advantage.
UFC Fight Night 108 will grant a big opportunity for one fighter while it presents a big risk for another as the night will be full of fighters looking to show just how good they can be including the main event.
Despite the efforts to make cutting weight easier, UFC 206 was haunted by weight cutting issues although it didn’t stop the card from being a great one.
The UFC is putting on what could be a forgotten card but for the big MMA fans it could be full of great performances with great fighters off of the radar.
The UFC is a tough business to be in and it is a lot more than just the path that people have to climb to make their way up to a spot where they can live comfortably. It is about trying to stay as one of the top fighters in the UFC for an extended periods of time. Moving up in the rankings is hard enough in the UFC as fighters have to navigate the minefield that is the fight game. Anything can happen and anything can derail a fighter’s move up the rankings. An injury suffered in a fight could do anything from end a career to give the fighter a month long medical suspension.
The UFC is built on a system that has taken a lot of fire over recent years but one that rewards hard work above everything else. Winning is key in the UFC as it is the only way to become something in the promotion. Not only that but it is the only way to earn any money in the UFC as the low ranking fighters rarely clear enough to make a living. To earn the type of money that can make them a truly professional fighter they have to win and move their way up the rankings to earn fights on the main card and in the main event.
In 2007 a 21-year old rising star would make his UFC debut in the undercard of UFC 71 and would lose that fight via submission. That young inexperienced fighter was Jeremy Stephens and he would not continue losing after a bad opening bout. Stephens would continue to fight in the UFC and after entering the promotion would never be cut. That was in large part due to his ability to string together wins and earn fight bonuses in most of his fights.
Lighter weight classes get a bad rap as they are considered a boring group as they do not produce the knockouts that people love. The UFC’s lighter weights have proven that these lighter weight classes can produce plenty of great fights. In the UFC the lighter weights are some of the best divisions in the promotion. The lightweight division is leading the way as the 155 pound division is widely considered the best in the UFC.
Everything comes to an end but Anderson Silva’s reign as UFC Middleweight Champion seemed to only be coming to an end on his terms. Silva had not lost in his entire time in the UFC which included a record 10 Middleweight title defences. Silva had a 16-0 record in the UFC and would quickly become the best fighter to ever step into the octagon.
The UFC has seen a strange trend lately as the Pay per View events have been less than great while free fights seem to be the better fights. Since signing the deal with Fox the UFC has put on more free fights than ever before and they are impressing many. The point of these free fights is to get new fans to purchase the Pay-per-Views that are the backbone of the UFC.