So far 2011 has continued to build on 2010 for MMA fans; there’s been a ton of great fights put together, the UFC finally introduced the bantamweight and featherweight divisions, and from a pure fan’s perspective, Zuffa’s acquisition of Strikeforce should produce even more great tilts. Yes, we’ve all been…gaining…(we’d use ‘winning’ if not for the nauseating overuse of the term lately)
Well, at this week’s pre UFC 129 festivities (another card that is cause for celebration), Dana White has apparently announced that five round, non-title fights are headed to the UFC. Yup, that’s right, and after you’re finished shouting ‘eff yeah’, finish it off with an ‘it’s about effin time.’ Apparently one of the deciding factors in this decision was the recent draw between BJ Penn and Jon Fitch, which if there ever was an example of the need for two more rounds, there it was. MMA Fighting quoted the boss man saying:
“I hate draws worse than anything,” White said…”You sit there and watch a game for hours and nobody wins?” he said. “I don’t get it. That’s one thing I hate about fights, too. Draws suck.”
Yes, yes they do. The story also states that the UFC had looked at making the upcoming Brock Lesnar, Junior Dos Santos a five rounder, but eventually decided against it, as both men had already begun their preparations. Too bad, but we appreciate the UFC acknowledging that the fight should have two extra frames, and even more importantly, taking action to remove another item from our bitch list.
You’re running out of time to get some bets down on UFC 129….