Now I’m starting to feel cracked out because of the fact that the UFC is taking up 9.375% of my life with its cards this week. After losing sleep, work, and study time to last Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night card on Fox Sports 1, I did what all Americans do: turn to amphetamine use to stay ahead of the curve. Then, after UFC 164, my meth supply ran out, so to supply much-needed adrenaline, I had four people flog me mercilessly at a BDSM fetish party last night. That much-needed energy shot powered me through my Fightlinker posts for today, and now I realize that I have another 6-hour card on Wednesday to deal with.
One consequence of this high frequency of cards is that the publicity train peters out. FightOpinion named this the “Mystery UFC Fight Night card,” but maybe that is being a little harsh. I am not in Brazil, so I don’t know what kind of publicity push the card has received down there, but I personally can’t name a single fight on the card outside the main event and the fight featuring Rafael “Sapo” Natal. Strong Brazilian ratings have obviously resulted in a situation whereby it makes sense for the UFC to promote cards there frequently. This obviously keeps additional fighters on the roster by opening up additional slots. Take the number of fighters on a card and divide it by three, and that’s how many additional UFC roster spots each card creates. But what are the other consequences of that?
Will hardcore fans be forced to choose between brand dilution and going to the wrong side of the tracks to buy crank? Will I end up in the emergency room through some combination of drug overdose, sexually risky behavior, torture-related injuries, and the accident risk that results from not having slept in 5 days? Or will I just enjoy lots more UFC fights, resulting in a good time had by all? Stay tuned to Fightlinker to find out.