With UFC 92 a few days away and other threads starting on predicting low buys due to a weak card, it got me thinking about the last time I saw a bad UFC ppv.
The last bad ppv I can remember was the last one I didn't buy.
UFC 72: Victory
June 16th 2007
Preliminary card |
* Welterweight bout: Marcus Davis vs. Jason Tan
Davis wins via KO (Punch) at 1:15 of round 1. Even though this bout was a preliminary bout it was shown on the PPV broadcast.
* Welterweight bout: Dustin Hazelett vs. Flag of the United Kingdom Stevie Lynch
Hazelett wins via submission (anaconda choke) at 2:50 of round 1.
* Heavyweight bout: Eddie Sanchez vs. Colin Robinson
Sanchez wins via TKO (strikes) at 0:32 of round 2.
* Middleweight bout: Ed Herman vs. Scott Smith
Herman wins via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:25 of round 2.
* Middleweight bout: Jason MacDonald vs. Rory Singer
MacDonald wins via TKO (strikes) at 3:18 of round 2.
* Lightweight bout: Tyson Griffin vs. Clay Guida
Griffin wins via split decision. Two judges scored the bout 29-28 Griffin, while one scored it 29-28 Guida.
* Light Heavyweight bout: Forrest Griffin vs. Hector Ramirez
Griffin wins via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 30-27.
* Middleweight bout:Rich Franklin vs. Yushin Okami
Franklin wins via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 29-28.
* Fight of the Night: Clay Guida vs. Tyson Griffin
* Submission of the Night: Ed Herman
* Knockout of the Night: Marcus Davis
There were a few reasons I did not choose to purchase/view the event.
- No title fights.
Its my weakest reason but in my opinion the best way to draw a new viewer. Anyone who doesn't know a lick about mma/ufc can look at a poster advertising the event and see a picture of a fighter or two holding their respective belts. The un-knowledgeable person would say "hey this looks interesting, I dont know who these guys are but he has a belt so it must mean he is pretty good." Nothing better to me than watching a great fight and title change hands at the end of the night. Regardless if the title doesn't change hands your looking at the best guy in the division(within the UFC) vs. a number 1 contender. Let's look at the fact on why we buy a ppv. WE WANT TO SEE GREAT FIGHTS! We feel ripped off when we buy a ppv and got no great fights for it. So what better way on attempting to guarantee good fights other than having a title fight? I still believe though with enough talent on a card you don't need title fights and still a good card can be done.
- Not enough Star Power
Rich Franklin was the biggest draw on this card and might have been the only ranked fighter on the card. I'm not too sure about Okami. Another way to help solidify good fights is with good fighters.
- 8 fights on card
I think only Jake O'Brien fight was pulled due to injury. Even with that fight scheduled it still was at 9 fights. Nothing too exciting about the results either. 1 KO through out the whole night and 3 out of 5 main card fights were decision.
- 1st UFC covered by ESPN and they ruined it!
I remember that day clearly. I got home and sparked up the grill to get ready for a night of great food and beer. I sat down waiting for the grill to warm up and I'm watching ESPNNEWS at 4:00 pm (chicago time) and there goes Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg revealing fight by fight the results of the PPV. Than when they were done, they had the audacity to encourage viewers to still buy the PPV!?!?! I think the UFC learned from this bad mistake and this might have been one of the last PPV that was on a tape delay. UFC 80: Rapid Fire was the last PPV to be on a tape delay.
I know that UFC has no way of making sure every fight ends in a KO or SUBMISSION. Their obligation is to try and put on the best show possible for us the viewers. I think they do a good job for a majority of the time and every once in a while you get that bad apple. And to me that bad apple is UFC 72.
UFC 61 comes in a close second. The fights all made me want to throw up. The AA/SILVIA fight was the closest thing I have ever seen to watching a gay porno.