Does the UFC’s Mass of Title Shocks Help or Harm the Organization?

Josh Gross writing for Guardian US:

Michael Bisping surprised everyone when he beat Luke Rockhold on Saturday night – but fans accept such upsets as a sign that exciting things happen when people fight in the octagon.

Must read.

This is a perfect example of the cutting, un-compromised journalism UFC fear and shy away from out of an instinct to control all corners.

It’s the kind of untethered discussion and analysis of the sport the fans could have enjoyed reading and engaging with for years, if it weren’t for…

Implied threats. And to be perfectly honest, a weakness on the MMA media’s side, at large.

Josh Gross, possibly the most brilliant, straight-shooting journalist who ever covered the sport.

Black-balled by UFC since 2005.

— MMAO