UFC225 was a 3-in-1 deal, where every section (Fight pass prelims, TV prelims, Main card) could each be a main card on any given night. The main card featured 5 fights, all of which went to decisions, the 13 fights on the whole evening yielded only 5 finishes and still, 225 was a very entertaining card top to bottom.
Alright, let’s jump right to my picks. Then, we’ll chat about this, that and the other.
I don’t like saying “I told you so”. Hell, who am I kidding? I like to sit here and feel superior. But ego aside, I just wanted to remind you of that post I wrote about UFC trying to be punk and failing miserably.
We’re just starting to come down off the UFC217 high and, as predicted, when you have a super card like that – the following cards suffer. Ignoring the market specific UFC in Shanghai, we’re looking at the next 2 PPVs and see a lot of very disappointed fans.
Yes, neither one equals 217, but this is exactly what I was talking about. When everything is “Punk” then what is Punk?
The question we should be asking ourselves is not “is UFC218 or 219 as good as 217?” The question is simply “Do I want to watch UFC218 or 219?“
Let me offer an answer.
um…. Hell yeah.
Let’s look at UFC218 for a minute: Besides what looks like pretty solid prelims, capped by Oliveira(cowboy)/Medeiros and Oliveira/Felder, we have:
A solid women fight between Torres and Waterson
Ex-champ Alvarez and always exciting Gaethje
The new and improved Cejudo Vs. Pettis Jr.
The hottest HW MMA has to offer Vs. Reem
A championship fight between Max Holloway and that guy who used to run FW for about forever.
Let’s move ahead quickly to UFC219 and check out the merch: Again we have very solid prelims, including appearances by fan favorites like Usman and Smolka, followed by:
The return of one of the best WWs MMA had to offer (That’s Carlos Condit for those of you living under a rock) in an interesting match up with Neil Magny
Cynthia Calvillo’s greatest test Vs. Carla Esparza
Jimmie Rivera’s possible shot at a title shot against John Lineker
The returning Khabib who, despite all the jokes, is still a leading contender Vs. Highlight reel Edson Barboza
A championship fight between Two of the best female MMA fighters of all times
So that gives us, on both cards:
Fights with direct impact on title contendership
Hot new (relatively new) talents
But of course, we are mostly preoccupied by the people who are not there. Frankie is injured… what can we do about that? Jose Aldo may never be the same person he used to be, but he did not forget how to fight. Conor McGregor is busy with anything but MMA. Tough. Deal with it, folks.
I recommend a swift reality check. Let us get back from fantasy booking to the real world. With the people available, with the titles and contenders as they are, can we really complain about 2 cards like the aforementioned?
Seriously now, are you not entertained?
So… UFC208 did not turn out to be as great as some other underrated cards in recent times. Not that it wasn’t entertaining – at least to me – it was. It was one of those card where the most significant happening was something that didn’t happen…
These days, unless Conor is on the card, the whole websphere goes nuts. “Boring card”, “I’m not paying for this”, “Who wants to watch this c_ _ _?”
…And then… then it turns out to be an AWESOME card. Get it together sisters… this is an AWESOME card.
Now let’s get to picking!