I'm not talking about UFC 152. I'm talking about the future of UFC Pay-Per-View cards in general. They've seen some garbage buyrates this year and there is chatter that the medium is dying. They are so married to this business model of Pay-Per-View revenue that if it dies the structure of the UFC's televised events as we know them would be changed. That's a story for some other poorly written fanpost.
Today I think a realization has been made, PPV cards need to be better. Back in the early Zuffa-Era UFC every card was worth seeing. To an MMA fan the question "do I want to see this card or take my fat wife to the movies?" was never asked. More like "Am I buying this or going to the bar to watch it?" was the question.
It's been a long time since that was the case. But I think that's going to change. I don't see them having a card tank Affliction style without getting the message. Whether it's TRT, fighter insurance, I don't know, but the "injury bug" is destroying cards left right and center. I want to see a fanpost about the % of cards which had the main event or co-main event changed due to injury. It's probably huge. And a main event is all they're trying to sell these days. They say "we're not boxing, we're not boxing" well every goddamn boxing card is bullshit fight after bullshit fight until you get to a 12 round decision in the main event and somehow it outsold the biggest UFC PPV in its respective year.
So yeah, it's time to stop spreading the cards so thin that you have one fight that can make or break a card in a sport where people drop out regularly. This is the norm. It is not even close to an anomaly.
We're gonna see some better cards to avoid this embarrassment ever happening again.
And for the record, as much as I loathe Jon Jones what kind of garbage management choice is this on the UFC's part to allow one fight to scrap an entire card? What a joke! "Bush League" Dana F. White. This is BUSH LEAGUE.