My original vision for SciFighting was to provide an information, education and entertainment resource for individuals who had an interest in combat sports and wanted to learn more about them. During the past year this publication has grown tremendously. Not so much by staff but by content. Since February 13th of 2013 we have published three thousand four hundred articles (3,400) including this one. While the quantity is impressive, I must say I have always been more of a minimalist. There is definitely “more” in “less”.
When I looked at the publication and saw the sheer number of promotions and athletes we were covering it was a bit mind boggling. And with changes to the formatting and frequency of fights being proposed by certain large and growing promotions it was almost overwhelming. In fact, some of you may remember a recent online tussle that a certain prominent MMA journalist (who will remain nameless) and a certain promotion president (who shall also remain nameless) based on that journalists opinion of what constitutes “better MMA”. I must say I do agree, in many cases, less is more. Apple, under Steve Job’s leadership, made this most evident with their focus on simplicity.
What does that mean for SciFighting? Well, it doesn’t mean we are going to dumb things down of course. We will, however, be cutting back on certain types of coverage and news. Our format will be changing to handle this material more efficiently. What you won’t find here any longer will be MMA drama, gossip, rumors (no matter how tantalizing the topic) or preflight promotional press releases. The major promotions have deep enough pockets they can handle doing their own PR.
Instead we are going to tighten our focus on the professional athlete and aspiring mixed martial artist. Our original mission to educate the public still stands true but now we are going to be laser focused on this mission. There are certain kinds of material which are purely entertaining and those which are more informative and educational in nature. We want to remain at the top of your minds when it comes to getting the most unique perspectives, the most accurate and concise analysis and the most educational content there is. That is what the “Science of Fighting” means to me. And from many discussions with fans, friends and colleagues it is also what the Science of Fighting means to them.
Finally in addition to more fight analysis, features on training, health and fitness we will also begin producing content on lifestyle and career options for MMA professionals and amateur or aspiring athletes.