I started watching MMA around 3-4 years ago and since than I haven't been disappointed in a fight card up until UFC 112. Now I don't stream the PPV's illegally, I bought all of them all the way to UFC 119, and have been completely satisfied in the cards minus a few. Since I started watching around UFC 92, you can say I have paid for 25 PPV shows (considering maybe 13 were free) and at a price at 55$ per PPV(HD) I have paid over 1200$ in 2 years to the ufc. When you pay a company over 500$ a year to watch as a fan and be entertained you come to expect certain needs to be met. So when a card doesn't deliver I do get pretty upset considering the money I am paying to the UFC.
After UFC 119 I decided I wasn't going to beat around the bush anymore. I defended UFC 112 after it featured lackluster fights between some of my favorite fighters of all time. I figured Dana was going to make it up to us as those were his words. I also took the card for what it had on it in terms of good fights. Kendall Grove vs Mark Munoz was a great fight and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was a great way to kick things off on a really sick card on paper. After that Terry Etim and Rafael Dos Anjos got my Jiu Jitsu fever high with a slick armbar. Following that Phil Davis pulled off a great Anaconda choke over Alexander Gustafsson. I was pumped, so far so good with great fights in a even cooler venue. Matt "The Slam" Hughes; one of my all time favorite fighters and personalities to ever step in the cage was fighting another legend, and a guy who speaks the most awesome broken english ever, Renzo Gracie. This fight goes to show you what too much respect for a fighters ability will do to a entertaining show. Hughes through straight rights and devastating leg kicks on route to a boring TKO in the third round. As a fan of the sport I would have loved to see Matt Hughes wrestle Renzo Grazie to the ground and see the ground game that everyone else wanted to see, instead we got a boxing match with leg kicks. Anderson Silva got my adrenaline pumping again dancing around Maia and delivering devastating strikes. Unfortunately Silva gassed out, or clowned out, and the fight was a complete bummer. After that BJ Penn, my favorite fighter of all time lost his belt to the judges, in a match witch saw one fighter stick and move and the other fighter stalk for 5 rounds. A close fight can be exciting when both guys are going for it, but when there sticking to a gameplan than involves gaining points on a judges scorecard, rather than doing damage and trying to finish your opponent.
UFC 119 was even worse, I didn't think a card can be that bad. Mirko Cro Cop was on the card and with that I knew I was going to buy it. The card could have had paint vs the wall and I would have still bought the card because the Croation was on it. The other fights on this card looked sick and I couldn't wait. Guilliard and Stephens was suppose to be a barn burner but ended up as a terrible fight which got many boos from the crowd at Indiana as well from the drunks in my house. Sherk and Dunham was a great fight and even if Dunham was robbed, he probably gained more respect and fans out of that fight than any other fight in his career. Lytle vs Serra was a fun match for me as I love both fighters. It was an entertaining match that featured heavy body shots by Serra and headhunting haymakers by Lytle. Unfourtantly after the first round Serra ended up as a punching bag for the rest of the fight. Lil Nog and Bader was a match than I knew going in wasn't going to be entertaining. I was hoping Lil Nogs Jiu Jitsu would be a cool matchup against Bader's wrestling but I wasn't getting my hopes up, as Bader is a much better wrestler than Jason Brilz. The match ended up going to decision, just like every fight I have watched thus far on the PPV broadcast. Finally my boy Cro Cop was going to knock Mirs head off. Unfortantly we all know what happened, Mir failed at taking Cro Cop down. Cro Cop was waiting for the third round when he felt Mir was a little slower, and what happened? They clinched again, and again, and again. Finally Mir knocked out Cro Cop and everybody watching this PPV finally gasped a sigh or relief that it was finally over and we could all go to sleep .
The point of this article wasn't to bad mouth two events that we all know were awful. Its to show that everyone who bought these two PPV's paid 100$ for entertainment that they never got. I am still waiting for Dana to "make it up to the fans." If he wants to do that, give me a free card. I don't want a fight night card, I don't want a card overseas that is supposed to be free anyway. I want a card that gives me exciting fighters that we KNOW will deliver great fights. Thank you for reading my first article here on bloody elbow, long time visitor first time writer.