Cammo101 wrote:Can we talk about how ridiculous it was to have the #2 and #4 (from Chicago) HW's in the world not fighting on the PPV card? How dumb is that?
It blows my mind and it seems like a pattern. For UFC 225 if you were interested in this cards' fights, which many were, you'd have to be a serious fan and dig up the interesting things yourself or on a discussion forum like this. It's not like Ngannou where there was media exposure long in advanced, hype so that even casuals know about him.
I just can't comprehend why Dana or the UFC media department as a whole just picks and chooses who to expose, based off their own interests, rather than trying to maximize everyone and increase the chances for new stars to pop up.
Just recently we have,
-Blaydes on the undercard
-Setting CM Punk vs. Jackson, and then insulting the winner for doing what everyone sort of thought is likely. (A strategy to blame the fighter so people who paid don't realize Dana was the one who baited them into a bad fight?)
-Yawning over the Whittaker when asked what he thought about him. Whittaker/Romero delivered as one of the top fights in the division history again and it's like Dana doesn't want anyone to know.
-Appearing to not give a **** about Romero in terms of making a plan for someone who arguably had a decision robbery and just says "oh yeah, I guess he can move up".
-Asked about Tyron Woodley saying on twitter to set up the Colby fight he ignores the question topic and acts with faux surprise that Woodley wanted to fight. It's a deliberate act to publicly diminish a champion, what kind of promoter is this?
Altogether not giving direct exposure for casual fans to the high quality performances and capabilities of fighters, or giving the media something to work with. Kind of like w/ Stipe, a very marketble type of guy for the larger demographic and arguably one w/ the best accomplishments in UFC or MMA heavyweight history - but there is only passive exposure of him and Dana looked like someone who was dumped by his girlfriend when Miocic beat Ngannou, and post-fight belittled it by attributing it to Ngannou going to France a week before the fight and leaving his beloved performance institute.
It's just so perplexing, that for a guy who seems desperate for stars that he doesn't want to capitalize on what he might have or build many up as stars, as the promoter, which he probably could succeed at. I can't imagine a reasonable excuse, it seems childish and unprofessional.