Posted by seanfu
Everyone claims they don't want to see non title 5 rounders. Why? Are you going to seriously tell us you don't wanna see Franklin in a 5 rounder as opposed to a 3 rounder vs Hendo/Wanderlei/whoever else they give him?
I know I would rather see Swick vs Kampman as a 5 rounder for sure.
Same with Rampage Rashad, I can only pray that one becomes a 5 rounder.
And for all the bitching about there being fewer fights on the card, let us remember the Nov. card where Griffin got knocked out in the 3ed round and Nogueira got knocked out in the first round.
So the chances of two 5 rounders going all five are slim.
You seem to be using circular logic here. First you list a bunch of fights that you think will require 5 rounds to be good and then you say that most fights have a slim chance of going 5 rounds, using title fights as a model. Doesn't make sense to me. If it's a slim chance that any fight goes 5 rounds, then 1) why advocate 5 round fights and 2) as we know there are a number of fights that go the distance, so why would anyone expect there to be a slim chance of a fight going more than 3 rounds?
A few more points
3) using title fights a model for 5 round regular fights is not a good idea in the sense that title fights usually end early because one fighter is typically that much better (in the case with many of our current UFC champs)
4) fighters will train differently knowing it is a 5 round fight and I would bet money that you would not see the same kind of intensity you see in a 3 round fight
5) we do not know for sure which fights would hypothetically make epic 5 round fights. Most of the awesome 3 round fights that I can think of were just as likely to end in the first round so I don't think citing examples using hindsight is very useful. Remember, for every potential 5 rounds of Chuck vs. Wanderlei, you can get 5 rounds of Hughes vs. Lytle (or some other lay and pray victory). Nobody knows how the fight will pan out and like I said, it can go either way.