Originally Posted by Matt Boone
Let's not get hollier than thou now, Silva would not out-draw a Royce return. We're a small percentage of UFC's audience now like it or hate it, and Royce Gracie is a more known name. Vanderlei can't speak english, hasn't fought in USA in a long time, and when he did he was getting demolished by Vitor Belfort and decisioned by Tito Ortiz two fights that maybe 10% of today's UFC audience would remember enough to know who Vanderlei is. In a perfect world they'd spend whatever it takes to book Chuck-Vanderlei, but Royce-Hughes is a more guaranteed thing, and a lot less risky for UFC.
You keep bringing up casual fans & I still have no idea what you're talking about.
Are you trying to tell me that people who follow the UFC purely because of the TUF series know who Royce Gracie is?
Not a chance. Believe me if you know who Royce Gracie is, you know who Wanderlei Silva is.
Again Dana White won't be able to sell Liddle Vs Silva as much as he could Hughes Vs Gracie?? My gran could sell that fight & she's been dead for 10-years!!
Champion Vs Champion, it worked for Coleman Vs Smith way back when.
Seriously, you think Liddle Vs Silva wont sell as well as Hughes Vs Royce, sorry bud, I'm not buying it.