Posted by Trapt1nw0nder
i have always thought....
why dont they make it like boxing? each of the fighters have their own promoter and have the freedom to fight anywhere they please if they agree on a price
not only would it be better for us fans to be able to see all those dream match-ups but also better for the fighters to get bigger paydays
there are too many orgs so NO fighter can really call themselves the best in the world
wouldnt you all like MMA is it was Managed like Boxing?
I agree with your premise , but not your example. Their needs to be a universal sanctioning body in MMA, which boxing doesn't have. WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO will all strip someone who doesn't defend thier title aginst who they thinki s the #1 contender. Not to mention Don King( who once practically ran the WBC) wouldn't let anyone fight his guys unless they agreed to him promoting thier next few fight's . This is similiar to what we have now, and I understand each org. wanting to have things done thier way, in their org. , and they each want the lion share of the money. Utopian idea it may be, but the only thing that could prevent this is a unifaction sanctioning , governing body. Same rules, weight classes, neutral venues, refs, officials, and even money split's( between org's) where only the winner( fighter ) gets more than the loser. Floyd Merriweathter is the champ right now, but De La Hoya will get more money becasue he sells more ticket's. As long as their are seperate titles (and seperate orgs. have a financial stake in keeping guys they have under contract champ) they will try to protect their org. first. I firmly beleive we as fan's , if we make enough noise about it, are the only ones that can bring about some form of unifacation.