(Wagnney Fabiano. Worth cocking everything up over?)
Normally when Dave Meltzer says something, I’m all like “Yeah, what Dave says!”. Even though he comes from the bizarro retardo world of pro wrestling, he’s paid his dues ten times over and is probably one of the most knowledgable people out there as far as what’s going on in the MMA. I still dunno if he’s good or bad for Yahoo! Sports, because while his stuff is typically wicked it makes Kevin Iole look even dumber by comparision. It’s like putting Britney Spears next to Whitney Houston in a singing competition. Although I would most definitely pay to see em in a crack smoke-off.
Anyways, this time I’m saying “No Dave, you is wrong!”, because the title of his newest post is “MMA needs a real sanctioning system”. What bugs me most is that Dave doesn’t even put any real thought into how the fuck a sanctioning system would ever work … he just points at the IFL’s Wagnney Fabiano and says “But I wanna see him fight the best!” So … what? Are we supposed to set up some kind of system where promoters are forced to pit their fighters against eachother for some reason?
Take a look at boxing and how well sanctioning systems have worked for them … it’s a complete clusterfuck. At least with MMA you have maybe two or three top tier leagues where nearly all the best fighters gravitate to. In that way the current system runs kind of like hockey does … you’ve got your different leagues but everyone knows that the NHL is the top destination. You don’t see anyone flipping out regarding the #1 team playing in the European Hockey League and demanding that team plays the Stanley cup champions to see who’s the best. The good players go to the top league, and then they duke it out.
People point to sanctioning bodies like they’re going to be some kind of magical bullet that will allow all the best fighters from different leagues to fight eachother. Truth of the matter is, it will just cause complete anarchy and fuck everything up.