Over-saturation in the way of too many events has been a hot topic over the last few years when it comes to the UFC. It became such an issue that the UFC has actually scaled back its schedule, if only by a little. Still, if there’s a lesson to be learned from the failure of recent Ultimate Fighters, it’s that there really can be too much of a good thing.

Case in point: this week’s three events in three nights UFC marathon. As incredible as it is to see the number of highly anticipated fights that will be going down, has anyone really penciled in the TUF 21 finale into their schedule, outside of (perhaps) the main event between Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes?

That’s a fight that should be something of a dream matchup for fans of the featherweight division. It’s Edgar’s path to a second shot at the featherweight title. It’s Mendes shot at redemption after falling to both Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor of late. It should be a key fight for the promotion.

Instead, it’s all but forgotten, sandwiched between the young stars, and the Aldo-McGregor showdown we’ve all been waiting for.

Make no mistake: the UFC is absolutely right to give the spotlight to the young stars of the promotion, as they are with UFC Fight Night 80. It’s one of the best moves they could have made, and honestly, they should have pushed it harder, and marketed it as a glimpse of the future — not on Fight Pass, but on Fox Sports 1. Still, it’s a step in the right direction, and hopefully a sign of things to come.

The flip side of this (and proof that the UFC is still struggling to find balance in its schedule) is the need to push the TUF 21 finale between UFC Fight Night 80 and UFC 194, allowing the big fight between Edgar and Mendes to be an afterthought (along with the rest of the card). Does the UFC really feel this is the right approach for the struggling franchise? The better option would have been a properly promoted event either a week earlier or later, or, consider this:

Do away with the TUF finale altogether, and put the Edgar/Mendes fight on UFC 194, along with the TUF finale fights (which could appear on the preliminary card). The rest of the fights could easily be dispersed to other events.

Of course, hindsight is always 20-20. The show will roll on, and at some point next year, the UFC may well consider doing another big week like this one. Lets hope they realize that too much of a good thing really can happen.

About The Author

Senior Staff Writer

Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.