Of all the hand-to-hand combat sports, MMA is one sport that probably has a very religious and patriotic fan-following. Regardless of whether one’s an avid combat video game fanatic, a sports betting enthusiast, or just a regular fan, MMA provides everything to quench their thirst for thrill, excitement and entertainment. The fan-following of MMA has been rapidly increasing with each passing day, and has made it one of the most widely betted sports in the world, with only casino betting being on the crest. Not to mention, betting on sports gives the fans an opportunity to get more involved into a sport.
Apart from fast-paced sportsbook betting, there are some other things that make MMA a widely followed sport worldwide; two highly skilled athletes physically fighting it out in the ring is one of those things. The proposed superfight between newly crowned lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, and the popular featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, was about to create some seriously heavy expectations within the MMA industry. With the UFC Lightweight Championship on the line, Pettis vs Aldo was to be one of the most anticipated matches between two of MMA’s rising stars this year, until UFC president Dana White regrettably announced TJ Grant as the contender for Pettis’ title.
With the news buzzing in the world of MMA, sportsbook betting sites such as Bodog88.com and several other online sportsbooks quickly took note of recent developments and published odds on the proposed superfight. A title turnover in the world of combat sports can be both a good as well as a bad thing for the fighters. Several well-established fighters, like Jon Jones, can surely become the popular face of the MMA. However, if these fighters continue to be associated with the league for a long time, people will tend to lose their interest and would start looking for something more interesting and engaging. In order to evade such a situation, it becomes important for the UFC to focus more on the actual organisation of the match, rather than announcing the dates and postponing them for trivial reasons.
However, the fight between Anthony and Jose Aldo is one encounter that the authorities must not rush towards quickly, especially when one considers the past and current situations. Pettis didn’t even pause for a second before announcing Aldo’s name, once he wore the title belt around his waist. Unfortunately, injury issues have forced both the fighters to postpone the bout all this long. Now, seeing this strange twist of fortune and the recent announcement about Pettis facing Grant in the next fight, there are very little chances of the fight taking place this year, which would definitely be a disappointment for online sports gambling enthusiasts.
The UFC should wait and think about scheduling this epic rematch until next year. For now, they need to focus on organising matchups. Since Aldo is already well set in the 145-pound category and has managed to defeat the top five contenders, except Ricardo Lamas, it becomes more important for the UFC to focus on matchups. If Aldo manages to defeat Lamas and proves his superiority, the featherweight division should get prepared for his inevitable switch to the lightweight division. As a result, the featherweight title will not be bound to superfights, and which will motivate the 145 fighters to put in their best performances. This would certainly keep the athletes, fans and the Bodog sportsbook bettors happy and waiting for new surprises.
In the meanwhile, Pettis should focus on pinning down TJ Grand before focusing or thinking about the fight with Aldo. A clean win over Grant will surely make Pettis the shining star of the lightweight division. Anthony Pettis is one of UFC’s best hopes of a star in the making; a win over Grand would only help Anthony get closer to the goal.
Ultimately, UFC must think of the Pettis and Aldo Superfight only after getting past the roadblocks. It is quite clear that the world of MMA hasn’t been able to put forward a superfight in recent years since BJ Penn vs GSP, until now. One attempt in this direction has already been missed, and the second move is not any farther. Therefore, it is important for the UFC to schedule it not only when the right time comes, but also for the right reasons. After all, the UFC is still an MMA promotions company, and in the end it still is a business. Sports fans and MMA followers will just have to simply be patient and wait and see if this proposed superfight materializes. It also helps that the Bodog payout for those who back the winning fighter will certainly be substantial.