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UFC Contemplating Regional Titles With Global Expansion


By Jamie McAllister:
“We talked about that too, we talked about rankings. Like, in boxing, guys [are] ranked in other countries. So you [would] end up with the UFC champions and then guys that are ranked in different countries. It makes sense; in the big picture long term it absolutely makes sense.”

“Kicking off all these ‘[The] Ultimate Fighters’ in other countries, it’s going to open up the floodgates for a lot more fighters and guys are going to need a lot more experience [before moving into the UFC proper] so, we’re working on it,”

Dana White comments on the long term future of the UFC in Stockholm with FightersOnly. Do you as fans like the idea of the UFC potentially having more titles on regional and intercontinental levels ?

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24 Comments to UFC Contemplating Regional Titles With Global Expansion

  1. Mistabutts says:

    Personally I think it’s a very encouraging idea. It will encourage the growth of MMA, help it’s progression into a more legitimate sport and create opportunities for fighters to fight in the biggest MMA organisation in the world that otherwise would never get their chance. Only thing negative I can see is it will be another step in securing the UFC’s growing monopoly on MMA. The only way I can put it is thus; If the fight business was a MMA fight, the UFC is planning on taking all other organisation’s back to set up for the rear naked choke of TOTAL WORLD DOMINATION!!! DANA IS THE LEADER OR THE ILUMINATI WE AH ALL GUNNAH DIIIIYUH!!!! *Cough* excuse me, I think I just blacked out….

  2. jbeamazing says:

    smart idea Papy Abedi needs to be in a good gym i could see him having a title in welter weight in Sweden just not the ufc

  3. Jk says:

    Great idea and we would see far more talent get the chance to progress in a more gradual manner

  4. Jb says:

    I would love this idea. But do you think they would get the same respect? I mean the light heavy weight champ is the champ. By stating champs by region, does that give the fighter the same crediabity ? I’m guessing it’s going to be the best from each region?

    • h says:

      dude…the way I see it, if they take this approach it’s a prime opportunity to allow others
      to climb in different sections around the world. Could even do a tournament where all the regional champs in different weight divisions get together over the course of months in a series of fights to decide the true champion in a test of skill, will, and endurance. It’d be cool too if they could integrate other fighting organizations in these more major tournaments to actually test other organizations to see how far their fighter can go the distance. Imagine that, a worldwide tournament pushing every fighter to their max potential. Ready or not when the cage is closed, let the games begin.
      Credibility goes as far as what people believe majority of the time anyways. In this case, the market just might burst open for them to make this move. The timing couldn’t be better if they weren’t solidified as a highly recognized MMA Organization before, they definitely will be after this. Prepare for Battle, the UFC is about to evolve into a whole new beast! >:D

  5. Uk says:

    Papy mayb is carrying too much muscle or cutting too much weight he looks the part but really ain’t that good

  6. snooks says:

    This is a great oppertunity for more events, and more exposure for non division champs, and ultimately more money for fighters who aren’t champs/ #1 contenders. I’m looking forward to this. It’s a necessary progression.

  7. dante040 says:

    Look what its done in boxing. It has so many champions that they just are de-legitimized. Have all these regional titles takes away from the one true undisputed champ.

    • K2 says:

      I was gonna type the same thing. I think this is a bad idea. America and Brazil are flooded with A LOT of talent while the rest of the countries do have their fighters but those fighters don’t get the day to day training with top level fighters. I can see going to other countries/regions and having tournies to figure out top contenders and such, but there is only one true belt for each weight class and all the other regional belts wouldn’t mean much in the long run. I’m sure the fighter would enjoy the belt, but if you’re not the champ then you’re not the champ. And different rankings for different countries would sorta be shite too. How far down on the ‘real rankings’ is the fighter ranked #6 in the Uzbekistan rankings? I just don’t see the point. Help me out.

  8. charles says:

    it’s too much. i’m afraid it will all fall apart if they try to expand that much.
    i don’t know, the product was better in the early 2000’s. there were less fighters, less ppv’s and maybe because of that, the fights were better.
    too much expansion = a diluted talent pool.

    • Not You says:

      You’ve got it backwards. More expansion would equal deeper talent pools. But you are right. We should keep it where the champs are fighting the same top contenders over and over and champions are having to fight rematch after rematch. After all, that is much more entertaining than discovering new talent and watching new and exciting fighters.

  9. itchyfingaz2012 says:

    This is a brilliant idea. forgive me if I miss any Professional MMA Organisation out but in the UK the only two MMA Organisations I know of are UCMMA and BAMMA. I would be good to see Fighters from all over the World scrapping it out for Regional/National/Continental and International Titles and Rankings.

    I don’t feel though it will de legitimise Titles as such, as all over the World there are numerous MMA Organisations, but everyone who knows MMA knows the UFC, and this will also help MMA evolve.

    • shawn says:

      It will de-legitimize the real/current UFC title holders, if the UFC decides to brand these regional titles “UFC” titles as well. They would have to make sure to cleary separate these lesser titles (and they are lesser titles) from the bona fide titles. And again, if these regional titles will be considered lesser titles to the current ones, what is the point of owning them under ONE organization. If I had a regional UFC title, in my mind I know it’s not the REAL title that I want from the UFC. It’s just a made up one to garner some prestige. If that’s the case, I’d rather not have one and fight my way to the real one. Unless, of course I’m fighting for a different legit organization (Bellator, MFC, Dream), and not those backwoods title, from small town, where ever you come from USA or Canada.

  10. My god says:

    Terrible idea. This would make te UFC just like boxing with a zillion champs that no one will care about. Delegitimization of our current champs would be like slapping them in the face. This is definitley not necessary for the progression of the sport.

  11. shawn says:

    I think regional “championships” would encourage fighters from around the world to work harder to attain the ultimate goal. And that’s to be come a UFC champion. I don’t think these regional titles should have UFC branded to it. It lessens the actual UFC Championship titles currently being held. The one thing that I would hold reservations for, is what happened to Boxing. Boxing has so many regional and organization titles, any champion’s title is diminished. Unless you are someone like Pacquiao, Mayweather or the like. And if that’s the case, what’s the point of owning a regional title.

  12. MMA Hawk says:

    Sounds like the WWE to me…..too many belts/titles.

  13. Jeremy Couch says:

    If the regional titles are in minor league UFC divisions then that would be great. Many of the blog comments are assuming this would mean major regional titles of equal value to the current UFC belts, but that’s not correct is it?

  14. JBroce says:

    well it could be like the world cup. champs from each area/section/region fight in a tournament every other year or shorter to get shots at the one true UFC title. Or something like that. It would kind be like street fighter to even get a shot at the UFC belt. HAHA. One year is individual regional tournaments, on the lower levels, and the next year is the big tournaments to determine the 1st second and third contenders to fight for the UFC belt

    • K2 says:

      Oh god damn no. Now we’re taking the ‘true champ’ having fights once every three years after all the regional champs train, fight, heal, train, fight, heal, train, fight, heal, etc. Yeah, this is a bad idea. If they want to encourage more fighters, pay them more. If they want to congratulate fighters, give them dinnerware or something.

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