In the wake of the FUEL 9 ufc event there has been talk of "is this the worst event ever" as well in the past year or so then general decline of epic events. Allow me to share my thoughts on why its time to accept that "amazing" and/or "Stacked" events will be fewer and far between and why that is alright.
1 - More fighters - Because the ufc is overtaking the smaller organizations and continue to push the TUF series the ufc is gaining more and more fighters and need a place for them to fight.
2 - Global development - For the MMA (and the UFC by extension) it is imperative that home grown talent be on display when traveling to "newer" markets. Which will inherently will lead to lesser quality fights but will inspire future fighters to take up martial arts and will benefit the UFC in the long run.
3 - Main stream acceptance - For the UFC and MMA as a whole to be accepted become a "main stream" sport, regular events on free tv with an easily understandable ranking system is needed for the new viewer to follow. Us hardcores will follow either way.
I think we need to accept that if the UFC is going to hold as many events that they are planning that there are going to be a bunch of less exciting events name-wise. Strikeforce had their Challengers cards and the UFC has Fuel Cards. Fuel cards is a great place to develop fighters and not ask us to pay to see them and a great place to get top ten fighters to headline so they can start to build a following; which I think was the plan all along. I didn't watch on the weekend because I didn't have the time, and maybe if there had been some star power on it, I would have made an effort. But it was only a Fuel event and it delivered exactly what it was supposed to.