UFC becoming bloated, just like boxing

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:24 PM ET

TORONTO - Those fortunate enough to have watched Saturday’s Strikeforce main event now know why the UFC can’t continue to run the world’s two biggest fight clubs in parallel.

Welterweight champ Nick Diaz and challenger Paul Daley put on the best display of back-and-forth slugging so far this year.

For me, it may have been the best round of standup MMA since the first Leonard Garcia-Korean Zombie fight.

Immediately after, I couldn’t help but think how it’s too bad Diaz — who at 27 has hit his stride with 10 straight victories and only one loss in his past 16 — will not be able take on rival welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre of the UFC.

By running both fight clubs separately and not allowing fighters to jump back and forth, the UFC is in essence doing the very thing it has criticized boxing about.

UFC president Dana White is quick to summon his early memories of Wide World of Sports and the free boxing until an alphabet soup of organizations started belting world champs like nickels at the mint.

Now the UFC is doing the same thing.

Same-weight champs exist in Strikeforce and the UFC.

Ideally, all the best mixed martial artists in the world would fight under one umbrella.

At the very least, the way has to be cleared to allow fighters to cross from Strikeforce to the UFC and vice versa.

And as a third and final option, the fight clubs should host champ vs. champ events.

Fans want — and deserve — to see the best fighters in the world fight each other.


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