Originally Posted by rivethead
For that matter, why was the fight placed after Penn and Hughes? BJ and Matt are more decorated fighters than either rampage or Machida, and are just as big of a draw.
There was really no reason for Penn and Hughes to fight first.
I think Rampage is a more popular fighter with casual fans. His personality, antics, and balls to the wall style differentiates them. I actually see his fights posted on HipHop websites.
While I agree, BJ Penn and Hughes have more of a legacy in MMA I'm not sure they're more popular.