Originally Posted by scurlaruntings
No disrespect intended Achilles but you're a relative noob to this sport and a **** most certainly needs to be given here.
MMA is in a SERIOUS decline. The Fuel card did very poor numbers. Likewise even Bellator are struggling too. The UFC has also been routinely putting on garbage cards as well as being plagued by injury's.
Now SF is literally days may be hours from closing its door.
There's a running theme here and its Dana White and Zuffa. They're killing this sport and dragging others down with them.
Prior to Zuffa Showtime and SF had an excellent relationship. The coverage was vital to the success of the brand and was the main reason why SF had such a good year off the back of the GP prior to being bought. Because of Dana's complete lack of professionalism, Showtime are now going to ditch MMA. Thats bad bad news for fans and most of all for fighters.
Only recently John Fitch was complaining how tough it is for fighters to make a living outside of MMA. And the main reason for this is not the economic down turn but simply because fighters have far fewer options now.
It pains me to see an Organisation like SF that has been around since the mid 80's get thrown to the dogs simply because Zuffa didn't give a **** about it. But alas this has always been the Zuffa way. They've never ever been interested in monetizing or cultivating any of their acquisitions.
If this downwards trend continues MMA will positively return to a niche sport as right now the casual fans are walking away from it in their 10's of thousands. Thats not anything not to give a **** about.
Following a sport for circa 10 years isn't a noob and trying to pull rank is never a cool thing. The sport isn't in decline and you'll spout this off for years to come.
I agree that if SF close its door it isn't a good thing. I'm all for a ruling major organisation but the smaller orgs are needed to breed competition.
Many will come and many will go just like promotions in boxing. We still have a thirst to watch a good fight but these businesses are being run poorly and thats what it comes down to.