<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=439875" target="_blank"> UFC plans 54 events in 2104, fans whine </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=439875" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=94&q=75&x=80&y=120&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=lorenzo-fertitta-11-21-2013-13-49-37-977.jpg" /></a> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <p>UFC held a press conference at 11 am ET in the MSG lobby to release a new report on the economic impact of MMA in NY. <a href="https://twitter.com/arielhelwani" target="_blank">Ariel Helwani</a> was live tweeting from the event.</p>
During the conference, ZUFFA CEO Lorenzo Fertitta mentioned that the UFC planned 54 shows in 2014, and that regulating MMA in New York state would generate $135,000,000.
Best line at the conference came from UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
"Look into these hazel eyes, from one NYer to another, stop," said Weidman. "It's enough. Make it happen."
In a bizarre turn of events, some "fans" of the sport, led by the irascible CagePotato, then tweeted in opposition to the number of shows.
•Would any of you legitimately be interested in 54 UFC events per year? Basically one per week?
•Can't wait to see the MMA media market those cards as "PPV quality"...
•Seems like the UFC is in a race to the bottom as far as diluting their product as much as possible is concerned.
•And Dana White already complained that the roster was too big. Won't it have to expand even more to accommodate that many events per year?
•OK so think of the worst, bottom of the barrel fighter the UFC has. Now imagine tons of fight cards with fighters of that caliber on it.
•Of the 54 events next year, how many will be headlined by the IIir Latifis of the sport?
•Dana: We're putting on so many diluted cards that fans are losing interest. What's the plan? Lorenzo: Put on more cards.
•There are 2,430 games in an MLB regular season, and I don't care about that sport either.
•The UFC is going to learn the hard way that putting a mid-carder in the main event only makes them a main-eventer in a literal sense.
So UG, would any of you legitimately be interested in 54 UFC events per year? Basically one per week? If you were busy, what steps would you take to prevent the TV from taking you down and holding you in place while you watch?
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