Originally Posted by BigBanda
eh sorry but I'd disagree if Silva vs tba, CroCop vs tba and Fedor vs Hunt. Not saying it'd still be a good ppv with some good fights but when you do not have your top 3 draws on the show it really puts a damper on things.
You are speaking of marketability, that is not the point man. The point is people jumping ship like the plague when in actuality, the card AS IT STANDS, is still better than UFC 66 and has not even been halfway annouced.
Shogun vs Nakamura is the equivelent of Chuck vs Ortiz (I'm not speaking in terms of PPV draw because I could give a poop about that as I see none of that money so obviously it does not matter, I care about the ACTUAL FIGHTS).
Gomi vs Ishida would be the UFC co-main and is a better co main than AA vs Cruz and Griffin vs Jardine combined.
Kawijiri vs Melendez, again co main in UFC, kaw ranked in the top 5 and Melendez ranked in the top 10.
Hansen vs Aoki - phenomenal matchup, hansen is a world class striker and Aoki is one of the best grapplers in the world, flying arm bars, etc. he is a magician on the ground.
Those 4 fights alone trump the entire UFC 66 card because they are all top 10 fighters in their respective weight class in WORLD RANKINGS which includes the UFC including 2 #1's being Gomi and Shogun (arguably) and kawijiri and Ishida being ranked #2 on some sites and #4 on others and Ishida being ranked #3, Hansen being ranked #4-5.
They will replace Fedor if he is unable to go and will likely be replacing him with Aleks, Kharitonov, Hunt, or Big Nog.
The card is going to dominate UFC 66, I really have no desire about the PPV draws, I don't watch the org that sells more, I watch the org that puts on better fights and stacks cards with top ranked fighters.
UFC is making aquisitions right now which is great, this should tell you something, they are obviously aware of their lack of top ranked roster depth and are lookg to do somethign about it, however UFC 66, they won't have those newly aquired fighters and I would never order a PPV based on popularity of an organization, that would just be ignorant.