Long ago in an MMA era far, far away the UFC recognized their best fighters with the Superfight championship. Superfights were based on business as opposed to sport. Recent events have suggested that it may be time for the UFC to revisit the defunct title.
A Superfight title would immediately quiet any criticism over the match-making and justify fun, yet illogical fights. How could you argue about Chael Sonnen fighting Jon Jones if it were simply for a Superfight championship? You can’t. The Super Fight title would be perfect for someone like Anderson Silva who is more interested in money fights than legitimate title fights. It really isn’t that dumb of an idea if you think about it.
How would it work? By the old standards of the UFC the Super Fight title would be won and defended against tournament winners. That won’t work today. What they could do is create a winner takes all title where the winner leaves as champion until the next Superfight. The Superfight title doesn’t have to necessarily be defended. It would be recognized as a prize, like the K1 Grand Prix title. There weren’t even weight limits attached to the old title, although they would need to abide by catch weights at the minimum today. The fights would be based on nothing more than matching up the fights that people wanted to see. It kind of sounds like the current UFC business model doesn’t it?
I am not saying to get rid of championships. The UFC should continue to sanction title fights by weight classes. However, a champion in that weight class should not be defending that title against a challenger who didn’t earn the title shot. Champions can either vacate their titles when they achieve the drawing power to warrant a Superfight or take Superfight between their title defenses like Anderson Silva would like to do. Not all champions are superfight material, which makes this the ideal situation for everyone.
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