What a waste of 60 bucks.
The UFC that took place yesterday (UFC 175: Weidman .vs. Machida) sucked. No two ways about it.
The prelims that took place on Sportsnet 360 and Fox Sports 1 were decent and topped off by Boston’s Rob Font knocking George Roop out with a huge right hand. Urijah Faber also choked out Axel Witsel’s twin, Alex Caceres. Overall, not bad for a free card.
But then the “real” fights took place. 60 bucks went down the drain to watch the fights on high definition. The first fight between Russell Doane and Marcus Brimage was your standard 3 rounds of “who cares” kind of fight. Doane won the decision.
Uriah Hall (who the UFC has a crush on for whatever reason) took on Thiago Santos and won. Another three rounds of who cares kind of fight. Hall won, good for him.
Before or after that (I was not paying attention as the pay per view was so dull) they had the audacity to announce one of the five fights will be canceled. Apparently Stefan Struve fainted backstage or had heart problems that went unforeseen by the UFC and Nevada athletic commission. That fight most likely would have been the best fight all night had it taken place. At least it would have been a finish.
Ronda Rousey was the highlight of the night no doubt for trashing Alexis Davis in a mere 15 or so seconds after judo tossing her and punching her out. Whether fans of mixed martial arts like to admit it or not, Ronda Rousey is perhaps the most marketable fighter the UFC has right now.
After Rousey’s huge finish Chris Weidman proceeded to defend the title against Lyoto Machida who is no doubt one of my favourite fighters. Well, the fight sucked. If I told you I didn’t pass out during it because it was so boring I would be lying. The crowd could have cared less at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Weidman won again but people most likely cleared out after Rousey’s win.
This event shows to me a huge problem the UFC faces: the cards it puts on pay per view aren’t worth half of what they charge these days.
The last pay per view was held in Vancouver and it was awful. Four years ago the UFC could sell out Vancouver within minutes. Now they didn’t even sell out and the fights sucked on that one just like most did on this one.
UFC 173 that was headlined by Barao .vs. Dillishaw has been the only good UFC on pay per view that I can recall in the last six or twelve months. Why should I invest 60 bucks a month for a product that is lacking?
I seriously challenge you to find me a sport more boring. Like Joe Rogan said on the prelims during the Santos-Camozzi fight “I don’t like it when another guy holds another guy down”. We all don’t, Joe. That is…no comment.