The Myth of the Surprisingly Great Show

Ufc72_mediumDana White keeps saying that every time people say a show is going to suck, it ends up surprising people and being one of the best shows of the year.  In reality, the shows people expect to be terrible end up being every bit as bad as expected.  A short look at unanticipated cards over the last few years makes this very clear.

UFC 72:  This show was bashed in advance given its dreadful Rich Franklin vs. Yushin Okami main event.  The card was a complete bomb, and the main event was one of the worst in recent UFC history.

UFC 78:  Another tepid and boring show with a main event unworthy of PPV.  There were boring decisions on the undercard, and then the main event was so unsatisfying that a crowd of people that paid hundreds of dollars each to see the show was left booing loudly as it went off the air.

UFC 80:  This was one of the shows where the card delivered more than expected.  There were a number of exciting finishes, and Penn put on quite a show in the main event.  Still, the reason it was so popular was the series of quick finishes and outright brutal KO's. 

UFC 85:  This was another cursed show, a show that started off with a planned Chuck Liddell vs. Shogun main event and eventually was headlined by Matt Hughes vs. Thiago Alves.  The fights were a mix of good and bad, it was hardly a show of the year contender given the horrendously boring Swick-Davis fight.

UFC 90:  The card was slammed for its horrible main event in advance, and then the main event was worse than anyone expected.  This was not a good show, they came into a big new market and were booed out of the arena.

Looking at the UFC 108 card, there is potential for a few stylistically exciting fights, but it is hardly barnburner material.  History indicates that dreaded cards tend to live down to expectations rather than vice versa.

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