Friday, September 7, 2012

Aldo-Edgar Superfight and a new MMA company

Now that the madness of UFC 151 has subsided, there is a fight to be very excited about.

Frankie Edgar has stepped up to the challenge of facing UFC World Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, as Aldo's original opponent had to pull out.

And, thankfully, Aldo isn't afraid to face the former lightweight champion on a reduced camp, so this will be happening next month.

This also solves the problem of where Edgar fits into the lightweight picture, at least for the time being. This will allow the conga line of 155'ers to actually square off for title opportunities once Ben Henderson faces Nate Diaz (and then the winner of Anthony Pettis-Donald Cerrone).

I am very excited for what I will be seeing in the next few months. Two title fights at UFC 152, a superfight in October, a welterweight unification bout in November, a lightweight-centric UFC on Fox card and the heavyweight rematch fans have clamored for in December.

MMA fans, however, have another reason to be interested. According to the Las Vegas Sun (among other sites), NBC Sports will be working with Caesars Entertainment on promoting a new MMA promotion, the World Series of Fighting.

WSOF appears to be another tournament-based company, like Bellator, except they will most likely only have 10 events a year, which means stacked cards and most likely only the five largest weights being used initially.

That said, recently released bantamweight Miguel Torres will be headlining the first card later this year.

This is the first promotion to start in Vegas that could directly compete with the local UFC, so this is an interesting development. I would not be opposed to seeing this company reaching Bellator's caliber and possibly creating a "Super Bowl of MMA" as it were between the two to determine the top non-Zuffa talent in the world.

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