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All that is irrelevant as I never said ufc does not like or reward exciting all around fights or grappling wars. my point was just becauser they have grapplers does not mean they do not encourage stand up fights to other fighters.
Gary shaw has said at times they have encouraged exciting standup fights. Yet one of their poster boys (shields) is a straight up grappler and they showcase him on their cbs cards.
Wilson reis is a grappling phenom and they have been showcasing him on showxc and have made him the champ to promote the 140 lb division.
Please stop pointing out that ufc has grapplers because that is not my argument.
Having grapplers on your roster does not mean you not encourage standup fights otherwise elitexc would not have two showcase champions who are strictly grapplers.
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LOL@ the JB lovers supporting this baseless rant." The FBI should be investigating this.."....hmmm, I wonder why they aren't. Oh, that's right, it's because there is nothing ethically or legally wrong with saying we want an exciting fight since our co-marquee name is now out of the main event. Offering a KO bonus is pretty standard fare in MMA. Those are incentives, nothing more, nothing less.
Also, it's not like Petruzelli is some kind of grappling dynamo. He's a solid grappler, but he's a striker at heart. And why would he backpedal, unless he knows he misspoke. I mean, if an org is so corrupt as to tell him how and where he could fight, why would he ever want to fight again with them? As usual with JB, much ado about nothing.
Next thing, he'll tell us he's rented out an entire luxury hotel in Quantico so that he and his staff can announce the FBI findings on this vast conspiracy. This is all very funny.
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Lets take a further look at the UFC promotions
1. Currently, the UFC champions are:
BJ Penn (grappler who can strike)
GSP (grappler who can strike)
Anderson Silva (striker who can grapple)
Forrest Griffin (striker who can grapple)
Randy COuture/Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (grapplers who can strike)
2. The current UFC HW "tournament" consists of 4 fighters, all primarily grapplers.
3. The history of the UFC shows grapplers being given the title shots (and being the UFC champions). In the ZUFFA era, 5 of 7 HW champions were grapplers(Barnett, Ricco, Mir, Couture, Nog). The two strikers were Arlovski and Sylvia. The LHW title has 2 of 6 grapplers, Tito and Randy. Strikers were Vitor, Chuck, Rampage, and Forrest. The MW championship has been held by 3 of 5 grapplers. The grapplers are Menne, Tanner (RIP), and Busta. The strikers are Franklin and A. Silva The WW title has been held exclusively by grapplers, 6 of 6 (Miletich, Newton, Hughes, Penn, GSP, Serra). The LW title was held 2 out of 3 by grapplers (Sherk and Penn), with the the striker being Jens Pulver.
All in all, there is no evidence that the UFC encourages fighters to stand and bang. There is evidence that they ask fighters to try to finish fights, which is a completely different thing. Further, there is no evidence they have ever encouraged a specific fighter to play into their main eventers strengths, as seems to be the case with Kimbo-Petruzelli.
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It's sort of a given at this stage of MMA evolution that all the champs, and most of the contenders, are very well-rounded.
It's still a fact that standup is considered more exciting by most MMA fans.
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