Jose's not ranting this week

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:58 PM ET

Had this fight happened a year ago, the fans would have been deprived of one of the greatest battles in UFC history.

At first, there was a bit of hemming and hawing about five-round, non-title fights.

Most of it came from fighters who said if they were expected to potentially fight a couple of more rounds, they should be compensated to do so. I’m sure they have an argument there.

But from strictly a fan standpoint, having the main fight — title or not — go five rounds, is brilliant.

The Dan Henderson/Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua main event of UFC 139 would have been a decent scrap had it stopped after three rounds.

But with 15 minutes gone and with the momentum seeming to shift from Henderson to Rua, those two extra rounds turned it into an instant classic.

Hendo still took it in the end but not without some serious suffering.

Title fights are title fights and with so much on the line, they are generally worth the price of admission.

But allowing non-title main events to go 25 minutes will create more classics with hungry top-contenders taking advantage of the two extra rounds to make a case for a title shot.

And that’s nothing but good news for fans.

jose.rodriguez@sunmedia.ca

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