The guessing game: Dana White's "HUGE" announcement
We are a little more than a day away from Dana’s announcement that will blow the collective mind of the Mixed Martial Arts world. This thing is taking on a life of its own and that’s exactly what Dana wanted with a proclamation like that. Of course, for a guy who doesn’t deliver on a lot of his promises, this is one instance he can’t wiggle out of with something lame like “we have a new advertiser!” or “Chuck Liddell will fight Anderson Silva!” We need something groundbreaking. It has to be huge or he wouldn’t have rented out a place to take his employees to reveal the big news like he claims.
Naturally, rumors have been flying furiously. First, it was that the UFC was signing Floyd Mayweather after his abrupt retirement. Then it was that Dana White and a group of investors, led by Vince McMahon, was going to buy the UFC from Zuffa. Then the logical assumptions were made that it would be a network TV deal. More rumors spread that the UFC might be sold to FOX. Another popular rumor was that the UFC was going public. Dana White has denied all of these rumors.
In my mind, that essentially guarantees that it’s something listed above. That’s not fun though, so let’s indulge Dana and welcome all conjecture into this discussion. Because he claims it’s something out of left field, I think it’s time we put on our creative hats and really try to discover what this announcement could be. If we work together, surely we can guess the details of Thursday’s announcement that will change the MMA landscape. Let’s get ridiculous.
What are your ideas? Here are a few of mine.
UFC fighters will be allowed to choose a weapon before entering the Octagon: Few things could change mixed martial arts like the addition of weapons. Fighters would have to take years of training and throw them out the window. Practicing a triangle choke means little when the man chasing you around the Octagon is wielding a chainsaw.
The UFC will have a PPV on the Moon: The UFC has already spread overseas so the only logical expansion area is now outer space. This could revolutionize life as we know it because if Dana White can put on the first athletic competition on the moon, it could pave the way for people to actually live there. This definitely fits the “out of left field” aspect of the announcement and would really change the MMA landscape as Moon-fighting would force fighters to alter their training methods.
Dana White will open a new species class for chimps: New weight classes aren’t worth renting out another facility, but a new species class absolutely is. FOX had great success with the Man vs. Beast shows and Animal Planet has turned into a mint based on all the great animal fighting footage they show, so it would make sense for White to follow. Inter-weight matches can be big draws, but imagine inter-species matches. Chuck Liddell vs. Anderson Silva would be interesting, but more interesting than Chuck Liddell vs. “Bozo the chain-smoking chimp”? I think not.
Future fights won’t be confined to the Octagon: This could potentially devastate TV ratings, but from now on all fights can happen anywhere at any time during the day of a PPV event. If Chuck Liddell was to take on Wanderlei Silva, then as soon as the two ran into each other on fight day, even if it’s in a McDonald’s parking lot, the fight would be legit. It would combine two of life’s greatest contests. Fighting and hide-and-go-seek.