This weekend promises to be an exciting time for UFC fans. Not only is the UFC back after an extended break following UFC 146 with another pay-per-view card, but on Friday night the UFC on FX 4 event could feature one of the next lightweight title challengers.

If you count the weigh-ins, MMA fans will have three straight days of UFC action to watch. With the promotion always looking to put on more shows, will multi-event weekends become the norm for the UFC?

While it’s true Dana White is always looking to put on more events, it’s clear the scheduling that comes along with holding more events can be a tiresome process. For any of you who watch White’s video blogs, you can see it’s a pain at times given the amount of flying the UFC President does on an almost weekly basis.

Going with that train of thought, I don’t believe we will be seeing too many weekends stacked with UFC fights. For one, the scheduling that goes along with putting on one event is tough enough, let alone trying to put two cards together.

Add in the recent rash of injuries that have plagued UFC cards throughout 2012, and it has become a huge cluster of attempting to get fighters to step in as last-minute replacements.

Alternatively, one reason I could see this becoming a regular thing for the UFC is given just how many fighters are currently under the promotion’s banner. There’s a long list of guys who are forced to compete on prelims that would certainly beg for the opportunity to fight on live television, even if it is on Friday nights.

White generally does what he can to help out the fighters, and providing multi-event weekends would give the lower-level fighters more opportunities to compete and more exposure as well.

From a personal perspective, I’m hoping the UFC doesn’t attempt to do this very often. While this weekend’s cards are set to be exciting, it’s clear that UFC lineups simply aren’t what they used to be.  It’s not just the fact the UFC has been putting on more and more shows as the years go by, but injuries have definitely played their part as well. That said, the UFC is beginning to reach a point of oversaturation.

Take a look at UFC 145, for example. The entire card was based on the showdown between Rashad Evans and Jon Jones. While that fight was huge in terms of build up and ramifications, the card resembled a boxing pay-per-view in that the main event was expected to carry the drawing power.

Now, look at UFC 147. The original headliner was a rematch between Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva. With Belfort injured, Silva is now set to face Rich Franklin in a rematch of their UFC 99 clash. Both fights are exciting, but mean little in the rankings and even less in terms of drawing power.

The UFC has the depth of fighters to put on multi-event weekends on a regular basis, but not the star power to make it worthwhile.

Photo: Rich Franklin (Heavy MMA)

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Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.