Is there ever too much MMA? For hardcore fans, the answer may be no. Any glimpse of the sport on television for people to see is a good thing, right? Any exposure is good exposure, isn’t that the saying?

However, the amount of regional MMA airing on television at the moment may be saturating the market for casual fans, who are getting a glimpse of not only the best in the world, but also mediocre talent and guys who are not yet elite in the sport. Though the exposure is good for these fighters, the sheer volume of MMA may be causing disinterest for fans who are seeing less-than-intriguing bouts.

Take, for instance, Legacy Fighting Championship 19 and XFC 22. Both were shown on to audiences who have access to the AXS TV cable network. However, the quality of those cards were different.

The Legacy Fighting Championship event was a quality card with talent to draw eyes and ratings. There was a well-known Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, Rafael de Freitas, testing his luck against a UFC veteran in Antonio Banuelos. On paper, that fight was intriguing to fans, even if the end result was lacking.

Then, you had Lauren Taylor, one of the most underrated prospects in women’s MMA. She fought on the card and put on a display of brutality. Plus, there was 40-year-old Jorge Patino, who is marketable because he is on the best MMA run of his career this late in his life, and the main event, which featured one of the top up-and-coming heavyweights in Derrick Lewis.

That card was amazing, and, for the most part, it also delivered.

Then there was Xtreme Fighting Championships 22. The card was seemingly thrown together with the intention of filling airtime on telelvision and promoting the company more than the fights. This card could have scared off prospective MMA fans with its lack of draw, name recognition and, well, quality.

If you are a hardcore fan, you knew a couple guys at most. The key words were “at most,” as a lot of these guys were struggling to stay above the .500 mark at this point in their careers. If given the choice of watching XFC 22 and doing anything else on a weekend, most people, if not all, would have chosen to do anything but watch that card.

The show’s main event featured Scott Holtzman taking on Jason Hicks. These guys are potential prospects, but they should not headline a national broadcast. They are not proven draws, and only had eight fights combined under their belt heading into the match-up.

Furthermore, there was no intrigue to the fights on XFC 22. Many of the fighters featured on the televised card were far removed from any opportunities at contending for an XFC belt, and even Holtzman’s potential to challenge for the lightweight strap was not emphasized to the fullest degree.

Look at it this way. The Guitar Hero games were the most popular games on the market for a while because they were unique and intriguing games to play. But, once they started coming out every couple of months with new games and new songs, the quality of the songlists went down and so did the interest in the game.

See the point there? The more you flood the market with shows that lack quality and intrigue, the more you squander away your trust with fans and the more those fans lose interest.

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About The Author

Riley Kontek
Staff Writer

Riley Kontek is a Chicago-land native that has been an addict of mixed martial arts since the first Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz encounter. He has been writing on MMA for the last year and is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA. In addition to that, he used to host a weekly radio show on MMA. Though he has no formal training in mixed martial arts, Riley is a master in the art of hockey fighting.