The UFC on FOX card on Saturday saw two of the four main bouts, and a key undercard fight, all fall apart in the week before the show, including a potential anti-doping violation of a fighter, Islam Makhachev, that came in after weigh-ins.
In a week where there were four reported potential violations, two on the card, Makhachev and Lyoto Machida, and two others, Frank Mir and Viscardi Andrade, we’re seeing the expanded testing wrecking havoc with company plans. And we’re also seeing a cleaner sport, as the changes in physiques of fighters on virtually every show indicates. Some people will change the way they look by training or eating in a different manner, but that has always been a part of the game. The eyes tell us a different story about changes in the foundation of the sport over the past 10 months. It’s a combination of both off-season testing, and harsher penalties that have made getting caught too much of a career risk.
But even with issues with fighters using drugs popping for substances other than steroids or growth hormone, they are all part of growing pains that will make the sport far more fair to those who have been competing cleanly.
Even with the injury to headliner Tony Ferguson, leaving the other headliner, Khabib Nurmagomedov, facing an unknown making his debut, and the elimination of the Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson rematch from a 2013 fight, the show did reasonably well in the ratings. A UFC show on FOX in April without a major marquee main event would be expected to do 2.4 million viewers, and based on the 2.13 million number from the overnights that don’t include the ….View full article
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