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Veteran MMA official Massive John McCarthy defined why the UFC prefers to make use of a smaller cage every time doable, saying it creates extra motion.

The UFC usually makes use of a 30-foot cage at its massive pay-per-views and massive ESPN occasions at arenas however tends to make use of a 25-foot cage for its Battle Evening playing cards. It additionally used the smaller cage on The Final Fighter and it makes use of the 25-foot-cage on the new UFC Apex for the Contender Collection and the Battle Evening occasions going down there within the subsequent two months.

With the UFC set to run its subsequent two months of occasions on the UFC Apex at its dwelling base in Las Vegas,’s John Morgan just lately reported that the playing cards will function the smaller cage. In a reply to Morgan’s Tweet, the veteran referee McCarthy defined why the UFC makes use of the smaller cage when it will probably.

UFC operations employees is aware of it will probably put a 30ft cage within the Apex. The UFC prefers the smaller 25ft cage as a result of they really feel it creates extra motion. Fighters have a tendency to love the 30ft cage due to the area. 25 ft cage got here from WEC days and Joe Silva liked it. It’s simply choice — John McCarthy

Sometimes, with much less area contained in the 25-foot-Octagon, there are extra finishes contained in the smaller cage. With much less area for the fighters to maneuver round, they’re extra prone to get nearer collectively, which is why you see so many finishes on these playing cards that includes the smaller cage. The Contender Collection, as an illustration, featured loads of finishes. If you’re searching for some knockouts and submissions, then these upcoming playing cards on the UFC Apex needs to be proper up your alley regardless of the shortage of massive names scheduled for upcoming fights.

Do you agree with Massive John McCarthy about why the UFC prefers the smaller cage?