Why can’t the UFC Sign Top Fighters?

Why isn’t the UFC able to sign some of the top fighters in the world?  If I was a fighter I would want three things that would determine where I fought.  1. The best money 2. The best competiton 3. The best exposure

If this is the same guidelines others go by why isn’t the UFC signing guys.  The money is there in the UFC.  The competiton is there.  The exposure is no diubt the best.  The UFC flat missed out of Takanori Gomi, who went to World Victory Road.  Why?  I think because he wants to keep winning.  He is scared of the UFC.  He hasn’t done good against UFC fighters.  B.J. Penn and Nick Diaz gave him trouble.  He will blame it on the money or on Dana White, but I think it is his pride.  I do think Dana should be careful because he does rub people the wrong way.  UFC also missed out on Fedor, who apparently was insulted by White.  In loosing Fedor the UFC lost Couture.  You could argue that was Dana White’s biggest mistake ever and really lost out on 3 top 10 heavyweights, because Aleks would have surely followed.  I also wonder why UFC couldn’t ink Antonio Rogeri Nogueira?  Why is Arlovski and Ortiz about to leave? 

I must admit the UFC did well with inking the PRIDE guys.  If I could have given Dana a list of those PRIDE guys to sign here is what it would have been.


  • Fedor Emelianenko
  • Mirko Cro Cop
  • Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
  • Heath Herring
  • Josh Barnett
  • Fabricio Werdum
  • Aleksander Emelianenko
  • Maurico “Shogun” Rua
  • Murilio Rua
  • Wanderlai Silva
  • Ricardo Arona
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Rameau Thierry Sokodjou
  • Kazuhiro Nakmura
  • Akihiro Gono
  • Mitsuhiro Ishida
  • Dan Henderson
  • Paulo Filho
  • Denis Kang
  • Takanori Gomi
  • Marcus Aurelio
  • Hayato Sakurai

UFC has signed 11out of 22of those guys


2 Responses

  1. Cool Article, I enjoyed reading your post, I will subscribe!

  2. Fedor is scared and doesn’t want to fight real fighters. Arlovski and Ortiz left because the MMA game has passed them up. Niether has won a fight since leaving. Many Pride fighters did not want to join the UFC because it’s competion is far too great for them(ex. Mirko Cro Cop, Heath Herring, Rameau Thierry Sokodjou, and Denis Kang). Many others have struggled to hold on to their top dog ratings( ex. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Dan Henderson, Maurico “Shogun” Rua, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Wanderlai Silva). Also Barnett sucks he just uses roids which they don’t test for in Japan

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