Originally Posted by kevint13
Sorry Dave, but not fair to the fans or institution? All cards are "subject to change", it comes with the sport. Should Brian Baker, who just battled leukemia, retire as that may come out of remission? Should Mike Swick retire due to his illness? Injuries and illnesses happen in all walks of life. Also, it's not like the UFC had an issue finding someone to replace Brock.
I hope Brock makes a full and speedy recovery. As a fan I look forward to seeing him fight again, but want him to be healthy.
There is a difference between unavoidable and unfair. Yes the cards are subject to change, and ailments cant be helpped...but if its true he nearly died...then I think he absolutely should consider quitting
Regardless of the inevitabilities that come with fighters being sidelined for ill health or injury...its actually not fair for the fans in a number of ways...firstly, if you have spent several hundred dollars, and spent months saving for your trip to see the the performance live...you might find the person you wanted to see is no longer their...thats most unfortunate....it might be an obvious risk, but its also unfair when it happens. The UFC having to change their stuff, after they have spent a fortune in advertizing, and marketting, and are front line for the grief of dissapointed fans, that is not fair for them. The fighters who are noble and fight on short notice, with possibly not enough training (which is just as bad as fighting with an injury, which some fighters will happily do unless constrained officially by medical opinion) is also unfair on them...if they dont win, or get injured whilst achieving victory, it can bugger up their futures.
Its not unexpected...and it cant be helpped...but its also unfair. Thats why IMHO Fighters should try and be careful whilst the train to avoid injury, they should fight if they are not medically restrained...and if they do have a long term illness...they should think carefully about their choice of career...ESPECIALLY if they are either in contention or hold the Championship...because lack of them for extended periods can bugger up the institution for a year a pop...causing interim titles, and unifications so often its a nucesnce