The UFC is very popular in Australia, proven by little time it took for UFC 110 & UFC 127 to sell out.
UFC 110 & UFC 127 both sold out within first day of sale to the general public, with UFC 127 recognised as the equal fastest selling event in UFC history.
Tickets for the third UFC event to be held in Australia, UFC on FX 2, went on sale 21/12/2011 and to date they are still available.
Both events selling out so quickly was no doubt in part due to the quality of the cards, and the quality of the card for UFC on FX 2 can explain why it has not sold out to date.
The calibre of the fighters on the card for UFC on FX 2 is not so great, and is a real drop from the quality of the previous cards.
I may not be a diehard fan, but I am a step up from the casual fan, and I have either not heard of or am not familiar with a lot of the fighters announced on UFC on FX 2. How then is the card meant to appeal to casual fans?
No disrespect to Kampmann or Alves, they are two great fighters who I'd love to see. But realistically, most of the other fighters (so far) wouldn't make it to the main card at any other event.
Why has Australia been given such an unappealing card? What more do Australians have to do to show their appreciation and devotion? It appears selling out in record time isn't enough. What more do we have to do?!
As I said above the first two events in Australia had great cards, (although upon examination the quality of the second event was a step down from the first).
If the quality of the cards the UFC brings to Australia continues to decline, what can we expect next year? Will the UFC bother showing up at all?