It’s been over a year since we last got to watch the UFC Primetime, the documentary series which details the weeks leading up to a major championship fight. The last time we watched it, Georges St-Pierre was defending his title against Johny Hendricks and transitioning into a semi-retired status.

So why hasn’t the UFC returned with its Primetime series?

One, it’s expensive to produce. Two, it wasn’t getting high enough ratings to warrant the expensive production costs. And three, the UFC is short on stars like GSP who are great on television, well-liked by almost everybody, and in a big enough fight that deserves the Primetime crew following them around for weeks before the bout.

Right now, there are three fights scheduled that have a chance (some more than others) and getting this treatment, so let’s argue for each of them. I am not including UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano because if it were going to be getting the Primetime slot, we would know about it already and now there wouldn’t be time to do the show.

The Contenders:

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao II:

Out of the three we’re going to talk about, this is the least likely to be the next installment of the series. The reason it would be is because it’s the rematch of one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history. The UFC has a potential star in Dillashaw who is easily marketable, well-spoken, and entertaining to watch. Barao has always been a fighter worth the price of a ticket and could easily put on a performance reminding us why he was so dominant at 135 pounds. Primetime would give fans a great insight into what it’s like for Dillashaw to be a relatively new champion and the added pressures that come with the belt, while Barao tries to prove to the world he belongs in the bantamweight division and the first fight was just a fluke.

Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos

No offense to Rafael dos Anjos, who by all means is a fantastic fighter more than worthy of this title shot, but this one would have a better chance to land Primetime if it involved Pettis taking on a more high profile challenger who is more recognizable to the American audience like Donald Cerrone. The UFC has really been pushing Pettis to be one of their stars and if he stays healthy, he could easily be one of the new faces of the promotion. It would only build to the marketability of Pettis to feature him on the first series of Primetime since 2013.

The Favorite:

Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor

You don’t have to deny it; the UFC Embedded vlog series is profoundly more entertaining when it has Conor McGregor involved in it and you’d love nothing more than to watch a 44 minute version of it. You’d even sit through commercials to watch it despite the fact that you have DVR and could just watch UFC Primetime: Aldo vs. McGregor later and fast forward through the commercials. No, you’d watch it live, I’d watch it live, President Obama would probably stream it on Air Force One in between briefs on the economy and national security. If anybody reading this has any connections with the person would decide on whether or not to produce this series, make the call and make it happen. After this fight, I’m not sure I see another fight that would worthy of Primetime in the foreseeable future.

About The Author

Blane Ferguson
Associate Editor/Senior Staff Writer

Blane can trace his MMA roots, like many others, to the finale of the first Ultimate Fighter season between Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin. After watching that incredible fight and cleaning the local Blockbuster of any recorded UFC pay-per-views they had, Blane was hooked on watching the sport and he carried that passion with him to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Blane is a four-year broadcasting veteran of ASU's campus radio including a founder and co-host of the station's combat sports show, The Final Round.