We’ve been over this. If you have a problem in mixed martial arts just solve it by throwing a grand prix at it. Division tied up with too many contenders? Grand prix it! Champion holding out for money? Grand prix that shit! Fighters from at least two weight classes apart beefing? Open-weight grand prix the hell out of all it!
Thanks to the new UFC owners need to make their four billion dollar investment back and Luke Rockhold wanting to punch Fabricio Werdum square in his Brazilian mouth, now is the time for the UFC finally borrow a page from the Pride FC playbook; and for the love of Fight Gods just hold a fucking open-weight grand prix already!
— Greg Savage (@TheSavageTruth) March 23, 2017
In May 2006, Pride was also desperate for money so they gathered 14 of their fighters, gave Fedor a bye into round two and started an open-weight grand prix spread across three events. We want grand-prixes in MMA and we want Rockhold to settle his rainmaking grudge with Werdum, so let’s make everyone happy by putting together The 2017 UFC Open-Weight Grand Prix!!!
All UFC middleweights, light heavyweights and heavyweights are welcome, so here’s a start for UFC matchmakers to copy off of.
Josh Barnett vs. Derrick Lewis
Mark Hunt vs. Shogun Rua
Fabricio Werdum vs. Luke Rockhold
Alistair Overeem vs. Johny Hendricks
Stipe Miocic vs. Vitor Belfort
Anderson Silva vs. Anthony Johnson
Junior Dos Santos vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Brock Lesnar vs. bye into round two