The UFC likes to announce fights in bunches. They'll go through a period where we'll see a new fight every two hours. With their plans for world domination and 34 events in 2012, they have announced a myriad of fights for the beginning of the year. Combine this with Strikeforce events and Zuffa might end up putting on events on 75% of weekends. Factor in weekly Bellator events, Dream's scheduled year-end event, ONE FC's quest for Asia domination and all of the semi-regional MMA that this great site covers (in large part due to, I believe, the work of Leland Roling) and we won't have to take a break from MMA. Hell, add in Brent Brookhouse's boxing coverage and we live in a world of nonstop combat sports. Take a gander at BVandDietPepsi's wonderful weekly installment of Your Weekend in Combat Sports and you'll understand how much combat sports we get to watch. So what I'm saying is, stock up on your microbrews or your Black Velvet and Diet Pepsi, try and put down Skyrim for a few hours, find yourself an internet connection, a TV, and hang on because this is a new era of MMA, and it is going to be fun.
For the sake of simplicity (and the fact that it'll be impossible for me to list all of the quasi-major events that get put on) I'll be listing Zuffa's events plus Dream, because honestly that is going to be a fun night. Resurrect the BE Night Crew? I think so. With the TUF 14 finale tomorrow night (get your picks in BECW! I still haven't...) Zuffa is kicking off a string of events that barely gives us a breather.
3rd- The Ultimate Fighter 14 and Free Spike TV Event Finale
10th- UFC 140: Jones vs Machida
17th- Strikeforce: Melendez vs Masvidal
Friday, 30th- UFC 141: Lesnar vs Overeem
31st- Dream: Fight For Japan Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011
7th- Strikeforce: Rockhold vs Jardine
14th- UFC 142: Aldo vs Mendes
Friday, 20th- UFC on FX: Guillard vs Miller
28th- UFC on Fox 2: Evans vs Davis (maybe)
4th- UFC 143: St-Pierre vs Diaz
Wednesday, 15th- UFC on Fuel 1:
25th- UFC 144: Edgar vs Henderson
Stat breakdown for the next three months:
- 13 weeks, 12 events
- Of the 13 Saturdays, there are 9 major events taking place.
- The UFC is airing 11 total events, 2 of them will take place on a Friday, 1 on a Wednesday.
- There is only one occasion where we will go a full Sunday to Sunday without an event.
- The longest we'll go between events is 13 days.
- The UFC is having 5 Pay Per Views. Four of them are main evented by a title fight, one of them is a 5 round number one contender fight between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem.
- 5 free events (with another one in the first week of March!).
Gone are the days of waiting three weeks between events. We're getting a healthy mix of Pay Per View and free events. I expect articles to be written about oversaturation and whether or not it hurts the UFC. No matter what the public opinion is, I will sure as hell be soaking in every moment of it.