The "One FC" promotion is banking on fight fans to care about a fourth meeting between Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski, over six years after the combatants last met, and four years since either man appeared in a UFC cage.
One FC vs Bellator
It's a strange way to go about business for the promotion, which in its one year of existence and four cards to date, has been building its brand mostly by signing UFC outcasts to short-term fight deals.
Since Sept. of 2011, One FC had main and co-main events featuring the likes of Roger Huerta, Renato Sobral and Bob Sapp.
Yes, that Roger Huerta who lost six of seven cage fights since appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the poster boy for MMA in 2008, and yes, that Renato Sobral, who was cut by the UFC after not letting go of David Heath's neck in 2007 when his opponent was tapping out. And yes, that Bob Sapp, who lost nine straight and regularly weighs in over the 320 pound mark.
Essentially, this makes the One FC promotion the joke of the MMA community. Unless they want to go the way of defunct fight promotions like the IFL and Elite XC, they should take a cue from Bellator FC when it comes to competing against the UFC and building up a solid fan base.
While many independent MMA promotions are busy scouring the land for washed up former UFC fighters that can provide nothing more than cheap name recognition, Bellator focuses on developing young, up-and-coming talent.
At present time, Bellator features several fighters ranked between No. 10 and 20 in the world in their respective divisions, and hardly any UFC outcasts. Bellator also developed talent that went on to compete in the UFC ranks, not the other way around, as many independent promotions do.
Sylvia vs Arlovski Is Anything But A "Must-Watch" Fight
Getting back to Sylvia vs Arlovski, there's not much potential for this one to be a barn-burner. Sylvia won seven of his last eight, but he may not have much gas left in the tank at 36 years old. UFC President Dana White is no fan of his, and UFC fans grew tired of his slow, hulking style by 2008.
As for Arlovski, it's hard to believe he's still just 33 years old. He's been in the fight game forever, and he was a UFC star at the tender age of 22. While it's true that he bounced back from a four-fight losing streak by winning his last two, it's not going out on a limb to say that his chin is shot.
Between 2009 and 2011, he suffered three first-round knockouts, at least two of which seemed to be on the softer side than what he used to be able to handle in the UFC ranks.
A win here by either fighter probably doesn't put them back on the UFC's radar. In all likelihood, it likely just means another payday in a meaningless independent promotion against another UFC outcast.
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Eric Holden is a lifelong UFC fan and supporter of the sport of MMA. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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