Welcome to episode 107 of the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat.
If you can believe it, there's no UFC this weekend. Or the next. Depending on your perspective, it's either a bad thing or a good one. I'd submit there's no such thing as being on the bad side. For starters, there's Fight Pass or your DVR or YouTube to keep you busy. There's also Bellator 128 and WSOF 14 this weekend.
Moreover, part of what's enjoyable about a fight is the agony of waiting for it. It's seeing it marked on a calendar, yet feeling like it can't get here sooner. That struggle - while uncomfortable in the present - is what sweetens the experience once it arrives. All of that frustration converts to wonder and amazement. The UFC is training a new generation of fight fans to experience this less and less, which I'd argue removes key quotient of their experience.
As for what else is going on in the sport, Rory MacDonald looks to be as close as ever to a title shot. Rick Story put on one the best performances of his more recent career against Gunnar Nelson. Cung Le's fighting his drug test result with what I'd call a decent argument.
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There's a lot going on, so join me today to discuss all of this and more. In terms of today's chat, anything is up for discussion, but I will lead with this and it all kicks off at 1 p.m. ET.
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Talk with you all at 1 p.m. ET.