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UFC Live Weekly Night Fight Cards Coming To FSN 1

Any doubts about the UFC’s place in the FOX Sports family were squashed this week. Fox Sports announced plans for a new channel that is set to rival ESPN. The UFC will be a big part of those plans which include a live fight card series every Wednesday night.

This may be the biggest story all year for the UFC. At a time when people are complaining about watered down cards and too many fights, the UFC will be beefing up their schedule to 52 weekly live cards. The weekly fights could be the best thing to happen to the UFC in years or the worst.

I have to admit that when I heard about this I groaned. I already thought that the UFC was watered down and this just takes the cake. I was once a huge UFC fan but that interest has dwindled in recent months due to number of cards and the fighters that quite frankly I could care less about. Today’s news will probably only distance myself more from the sport I once loved.

I grew up a big boxing fan in the 1980s. I used to love getting together with my dad and watching the big fights which were generally the heavyweights. I also tried to never miss a big card on HBO featuring Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar, Marvin Hagler, etc. But one thing I rarely did was watch Friday Night Fights. Sure once in a blue moon I’d put it on but over the course of a year that was maybe once or twice. I can’t imagine a different pattern with the UFC.

The news comes at a really strange time in the UFC. The UFC just announced a bunch of fighter cuts, including the number nine ranked welterweight Jon Fitch. UFC president Dana White said there would be more. Now a few weeks later the UFC is talking about beefing up to 52 cards a year. It just doesn’t add up.

I am throwing the number 52 around but between holidays and specials, there may not be quite 52. Nonetheless, there will be a lot of live events throughout 2014 on Wednesday nights. I just can’t imagine how the UFC will spread out all of its fighters while at the same time keeping the cards strong on pay per view. Something has to give at some point.

The good news is that Fuel TV will now be seen in almost as many homes as Spike TV once this venture launches in August. The UFC are also expected to be a major part of the brand. Whether these Wednesday night fights last or not, the UFC as a brand will be stronger than ever. I don’t see a downside there.

Hardcore UFC fans should rejoice. You will get more free MMA on television. The rest of us will probably be skipping quite a few of these and identifying with less fighters by the week. It will just become impossible for someone with a casual eye to keep up with the weekly fights.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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