But then there are the times when expectations are set so low for a person or event that we get treated to something we were not expecting,thus is the case of UFC 147 that originated June 23, 2012 at Estádio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
In life many times our expectations are set to high and we end up disappointed.
The buzz building up to the event garnered more publicity than any card in recent memory.Originally slated as the rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen the card was highly anticipated.It was expected to take place in a a soccer stadium and break the UFC attendance record.But then on April 24th things began unraveling,Silva-Sonnen 2 was moved to UFC 148 in Las Vegas.Fans around the world were disappointed.Dana White then flirted with the idea of moving Jose Aldo considered by some as best P4P fighter in the world from UFC 149 to UFC 147 but this also fell through.
The event was beginning to have the feel of not only being snakebit but one of that maybe someone somewhere had a UFC 147 voodoo doll.UFC President Dana White had decided to go on with the great Wanderlei Silva taking on the Phenom Vitor Belfort in the Main Event,and would build the rest of the card around that fight with the Brazilian TUF finals and Fabricio Werdum taking on Mike Russo also slated.
On May the 26th the voodoo doll's left hand was stepped on or twisted, resulting in Vitor Belfort having to withdraw from the card with a broken left hand. With less than a month to go, the card that once looked so promising looked like it might end up resembling a side show. MMA fans let out a collective groan upon the news and bloggers took to the net in full force saying how awful an event it would be. I am no blogger, but I didn't see much hope for the event either.
Enter Rich Franklin ,who was slated to fight Cung Le at UFC 148 but moved up a few weeks to take on the Axe Murderer for a second time.Still the event was not giving high expectations by many in the MMA world. MMA fans have evolved into the some of the most obsessed fans out there,they do not yet surpass the passion of Futbol/Soccer fans but they have become to expect the very best fights card by card.And in doing this we are often left with the feeling a card or fight did not deliver.
In the case of UFC 147 the feeling was that the card was not PPV worthy with some writers even suggesting it be moved to FuelTV. But then the unthinkable started to unfold as the preliminaries kicked off. What we were treated to was a bunch of emotionally hungry fighters, knowing this was their shot to live a dream.
Many fans around the world watched as fight after fight the feeling of low expectations left as future fighters showed us that no matter whom may be booked on a card that these guys are top notch fighters to have made it into the fabled Octagon and I watched it the realization set in that I would never again set low expectations of any event or fight(Bob Sapp not included),I paid for an event that I had said few weeks earlier I would be stupid to buy,I found myself screaming at Mario Yamasaki not to stop the Wandy-Ace fight in the 2nd and by the time Ace and Wandy had finished their 5 rounds I was willing to pay again just to see more rounds and was never prouder to call myself stupid.
In setting expectations we take a chance of let downs,we also set ourselves up to be amazed by the end result.I for one will say I was amazed that a card that looked like the MMA Gods were determined not to happen in the end came out leaving everyone going wow that was totally awesome.