The UFC is in need of stars but there may be a few that come out of UFC on FOX 24 with a lot of very good fighters taking on some big challenges and putting on some very important fights.
The Ultimate Fighter has been used to bring in great prospects for years but this time around it was used to try to find a challenger for the toughest title in the promotion.
The UFC continues to keep the spark plug of their popularity relevant tweaking The Ultimate Fighter into what it was in the 24th season as a tournament of champions determined a challenger.
The two top pound-for-pound fighters went into the octagon at UFC 197 looking to prevent the pattern of upsets that have dominated the UFC over the last year and a half.
Although the best pound-for-pound fighters don’t get to face each other UFC 197 will provide the opportunity to compare the top two in back-to-back fights.
UFC 191 was an exhibition of the two extremes of the sport as the last two fights represented two very different spectrums of the fight game.
The UFC is back on pay-per-view and once again they have stacked the card with great fights that are important to their respective divisions.
It has been the year of the upset in the UFC with some of the most dominant champions taking a back seat to the underdogs. Big names continue to fall and it seems that no matter who they face there is always a sense that their opponent can beat them. The biggest one so far was in the Bantamweight division where T.J. Dillashaw came out of seemingly nowhere to take on Renan Barao for the title. Dillashaw had been a good fighter but did not seem like he deserved a shot just yet but he walked into the octagon like he belonged against a champion that many were just assuming would beat him and wait for Dominick Cruz to get back
There is nothing more entertaining than a division that has plenty of turnover at the top of the division with any number of fighters having the possibility of winning the title. It makes the division much more entertaining when a champion goes into a title defence with a lot of doubt. That is not always the case in the UFC though as dominant champions are more common for the promotion. There are a number of divisions that have seen some dominant champions rule over the division and make it more about the question of who can beat the title holder rather than the amount of talent in the division.
The UFC continues to grow throughout the world as it reaches a plateau in North America and it seems like every year there is a new country getting in on the action. Whether it was the American fighters in the 1990s when the UFC started or the influx of Brazilians later in the decade. There has always been a country that seems to take over the UFC for at least a year if not more. That is happening once again as this year may be the time that Russian fighters take over the UFC.