Before UFC became your latest social inhibiting addiction, back in the day (about the time Shaq was drafted to the Orlando Magic) the creators of UFC felt that throwing two guys in a cage without any rules wasn’t hardcore enough. Yeah they didn’t have weight-classes or gloves (and it was entirely legally to hit someone in the testicles, just ask Joe Son) but the executives (same guys who produced The Running Man) wanted to get as close to ‘ultra-violent’ as possible. They tossed around the idea of electrifying the cage and even adding a moat around the entire octagon filled with hungry alligators). Somehow they couldn’t convince the doctors that being eaten alive was a viable alternative to getting knocked out by a 300lb Samoan dude. Eventually they decided on sticking with a caged octagon and the universe was at peace once again. Well, until Joe Silva brought up the idea on shrinking the octagon. Check out what Dana White told Yahoo! Sports in regards to ‘mini-octagon’:
Actually, we’ve been talking about making the Octagon smaller. We’re considering making it smaller. [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva wants it. I think he wants to turn the thing into a [expletive] bathtub. Have them fight in a little tollbooth.
If they really want to step into the future (via flux capacitor equipped Delorean), UFC should ditch the octagon idea and just create a three-sided…triagon? Getting owned by 3rd grade math students daily. [Source]