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Are the fighters who left UFC because free agents left forever?



Will fighters now leave the UFC for greener pastures elsewhere that have found their way back? And how do we reach the point where the UFC and Bellator both do two events in one weekend? Plus, what is our favorite post-match celebration (and most disliked)?

All that and more on this week's Twitter Mailbag. To submit your own question, send a tweet to @BenFowlkesMMA.

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I wouldn't be surprised to see some of the departing fighters finally return to UFC. I don't know whether it is more likely to happen because of a free agency, other bankruptcy promotions, or, as we saw in the past, the UFC buys competitors and absorbs their contracts. (The latter might be less likely during an ongoing antitrust lawsuit, though …)

Take Gegard Mousasi, for example. He left the UFC with a five-game winning streak, then won three more at Bellator while becoming a middle-class champion there. If he can defend it, don't you think the UFC might see it as an acquisition worth paying for?

Or there is Sage Northcutt. The UFC tried very hard to make it something, then decided that he was not worth the cost once he really began to mature into the fighter he initially advertised as. He is so young that he can go with the MMA walkbout in the ONE Championship or elsewhere and then end up back at the UFC just in time for his heyday.

What I am very curious about is how this defection will affect the attitude of fighters and fans towards other promotions.

If you see your co-worker find happiness and luck with a competing company, won't you rethink your current position? Now imagine that they can also use what they want to do and not have a boss who will tell everyone how much they suck as he becomes a little unhappy with them. Yes, that might change some thoughts.

Wow, you really know how to paint a man in a corner.

Obviously I can't choose room no. 3, because there is no way that the series between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will be less pressing with an increase in output.

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And I have seen quite a lot of street action videos to find out that there is something very terrible about human inhumanity when it occurs on the sidewalk without the referee to enter and cancel it.

But before I choose the Grandmas Championship, I have a question. Are only grandparents fighting each other, or does Gabi Garcia appear at some point and collide with each other? Nevermind, I really don't want to know.

Brother, if that hasn't happened now, I have bad news for you.

What really happened to me about two-day-two-day events – which, you are right, somehow both the UFC and Bellator were trying it on the exact same weekend – is that you could just give us the right one really good show.

Look at what will happen to the UFC, for example. You take the main event from TUF Finale on Friday and throw it on the card with the top three attacks from Saturday UFC Fight Night 142 and you have yourself a very good cable TV battle card.

But if you share it and add to the battle of TUF finalists and other fillers, what you get is a group of voices that distract from real attractions.

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And that really distracts them. Junior Dos Santos vs. Tai Tuivasa? It will be very fun. Same with Mark Hunt vs. Justin Willis. And Rafael dos Anjos vs Kamaru Usman the night before had the potential to fight against the original welterweight class. It's just trying to get this attention, the attention they deserve, because there is so much to sort out.

The situation is even worse at Bellator, where there is a decent battle card on Friday, followed by an event from Italy on Saturday featuring Alessio Sakara and really no one else most fans have heard before.

The problem is not just oversaturation; it is a deliberate dilution of the product. They pour orange juice to stretch profits, and they do it intentionally. As long as the MMA promoters see it as a smart business, it won't change.

Isn't all the signature celebrations creaking a little? I would not say I like Ortiz's gravedigger routine, but I would be disappointed if he did not do it after defeating Liddell. And if Liddell managed to get rid of Ortiz, friend, he should run around the cage while doing something crossing like Conan the Barbarian who jacked up Monster Energy Drink.

Even though there are some that I can enjoy without hating them at all. Ronaldo Souza crawls the gator that runs with his nickname is one. Derrick Lewis hits the canvas while sliding into yoga poses is another thing. Also, every Brazilian warrior who has celebrated with a slinky dance. I mean, come on. What kind of monster hates that?

Right, Alistair Overeem proved once again that he could still be dangerous when given the opportunity. Then again, he defeated a man who made his UFC debut, and that victory stopped two consecutive defeats against more experienced competitions.

I am all for giving up the daps. That person is in his 30s, he has more than 60 pro fights only in MMA, and he can still possess your skull if you give him a chance. However, there are many things that happen in the heavy class. You have to put at least some meaningful wins together before they really happen anywhere.

Depends on. How much do you say that you care about all non-UFC content in Fight Pass? You know, like tournament wrestling and kickboxing and live performances from other MMA promoters? Because if the answer is "no at all," then yes, I say you might be able to continue and discard your Fight Pass subscription once the ESPN agreement starts.

Of course, if you are the type of person who simply cannot live without access to the Alaska Fighting Championship event, then well, it might be appropriate for you to keep paying the monthly fee. Then again, how many of the smaller promoters will change their opinion about the Fight Pass after they no longer have the exclusive appeal of UFC to get viewers at the door?

It's hard to keep charging you as "Netflix for opponents fans" when your flow of goods flows elsewhere. It might be more difficult to keep paying 10 dollars a month for that.

Ben Fowlkes is a columnist for MMA Junkie and USA TODAY. Follow him on Twitter at @BenFowlkesMMA. Twitter Mailbags appear every Thursday at MMAjunkie.


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