I'm going to hate myself for doing this because I know there's no way it works, but dammit let's give it a shot. But first, some background....
UFC on FX 4 is next Friday night, headlined by lightweight contenders Clay Guida and Gray Maynard in a five-rounder. The co-main for reasons I cannot comprehend is Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher III, reigniting a rivalry that was fun and relevant ..... five years ago. Seriously, their last battle was in 2007. They had their brushes with a title shot in the reborn LW division, but Sam Stout was swiftly submitted by Kenny Florian (although the title shot was probably really for Florian and Florian only) and Spencer Fisher was pretty much knocked out on his feet by the occasionally wild striking of Hermes Franca. Florian and Franca went onto fight Sean Sherk and of course they both lost.
Stout is 32 and has never won 3 UFC fights in a row. As fun as he is he's borderline journeyman and probably is on the downside of his career. Spencer Fisher is 36 years old and 1-4 in his last 5 (it should be 1-5 because the Caol Uno fight was daylight robbery). They are unranked to the point where they aren't even in the SB Nation ballot for rankings. This is a ridiculous fight to make now and it's even more ridiculous that this is the co-main.
Hatsu Hioki is the #2 featherweight in the world who was coming off a total domination of Bart Palaszewski and has shown the entertaining and elite grappling prowess needed to A.) Convince the viewing public he's not another Japanese guy being used as highlight fodder and B.) He can actually beat Jose Aldo. He's fighting #24 FW Ricardo Lamas .... on FUEL TV. A station so obscure that when you enter the channel number for FUEL your cable box TV guide goes "What the hell is FUEL TV?". The potential next title challenger for Jose Aldo is seriously being shunted to the prelims of a card headlined be guys the UFC hopes will STANDANDBANG but probably will just come off as a hesitant, so-so fight.
Well my only conspiracy for Hioki being on the preliminary card is that he openly passed on a title shot after his last win, and this did not please Dana White in the slightest so he punished him for making their dearth of options even "dearthier" with this.
Whatever the case, I think it's bullcrap. I'll go as far to say that this is one of the worst decisions they've ever made as far as card placement. This is exactly the kind of thing that keeps Aldo's PPV buys low and damages their argument that they show the best fighters in the world, when in reality they have been playing favorites far too long (ahem)Sadollah(ahem) and it's devaluing the quality of their main cards.
Stout vs. Fisher III is on the official poster so there's nothing that can be done there. The other main card fights are TJ Waldburger vs. Brian Ebersole and Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson (also ironic Swanson is on the main card given Lamas choked him out last November). Now, FX is already contracted for 2 hours and they frequently run over so forget about 5 main card bouts.
Even if its at the expense of Waldburger/Ebersole, which, although a great fight, currently means absolutely nothing for WW, let's get Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas to the televised main card and not on a channel where only 65,000 will even see them. This also benefits the fan as the bulk of us don't get FUEL TV which either leaves us out of luck or illegally streaming, and you wouldn't want that would you, Dana White?
You have less than a week to try and be a hero but ultimately go down in a blaze of glory. Crop-dust @danawhite on Twitter with the hashtag #HiokiToFX or something similar (#HopeForHioki?) and please voice your displeasure on their decision to put the #2 FW in the world on a channel nobody gets and get him on a channel where at least 1.2 million are guaranteed to watch.