Posted by silverbullet
At first i got really excited about increasing the number of rounds, but the question is if the total fight time stays the same or not. I'd rather have three 5min rounds than five 3min rounds to be honest with you. Seven 5min rounds sounds like a true test for a champion.
And I don't really care about Couture anymore
Not too clear from your post, but I want to clarify that the article did not say the round time would be reduced at all, just the number of rounds increased.
I see one positive from the round increase idea and two negatives.
The positive is that great fights that go the distance will last longer. Whether this means less decisions is irrelevant. The bottom line is that we get to watch a good fight for longer.
The downside is that it also applies to boring fights. However, this may or may not be applicable depending on whether a round increase changes the mentality of a fighter. i.e. will they fight differently because of the round changes. Mind you it can be for better or worse. i.e. fighters might be more conservative in Rd 1 and/or 2.
The other thing is that with the potential for longer fights, so is the result for longer PPVs (possibly less fights too). the UFC would have to either cut down on downtime in between fights, which might be hard to do given that the next fighter is guaranteed a certain amount of prep time, or lengthen the PPV time slot or show one less fight a night.
I would only be interested if there was less downtime in between fights, but I doubt it will happen. IF the PPV slots are longer, I would rather see more undercard fights myself.