UFC 190 is a terrible event, there is no pretending it's anything but that. It is in no way worthy of your $60. I'm not saying it's going to be dull and a pain in the ass to watch, it very well might feature all first round finishes. I'm talking about the quality of the fights they have put together that they think you need to shell out your hard earned money for.
This is a glorified TUF Brazil finale, it just comes with a steep price tag and happens to have Ronda Rousey in the main event. Yeah I know visa issues forced several fights originally scheduled for June to be shuffled to this event, but still.
There is a big elephant sitting on the couch, and it's one the UFC will not tell you about. It's that this card is filled with loser vs loser fights. I don't mean "loser" as in they're shitty fighters, I mean it as in they're coming in off a loss. In some cases it's two or more. Now it's not unheard of for the UFC to make pairings like this, they've done it before when a popular fighter suffers a bad loss and they want to give them an easy fight to build them back up. Erick Silva is a perfect example of that. But normally that only happens once in a blue moon.
But at 190? We're going to see a whopping four loser vs loser fights, with half of them going down on the main card.
So because the UFC sure as hell won't point these facts out to you, I will. Get ready for... Fun Facts – UFC 190 Edition.
Lets start with the Fight Pass prelims.
Hugo Viana vs. Guido Cannetti
I don't know who either of these guys are, but Sherdog tells me they both lost their last fight. Viana was knocked out by Aljamain Sterling at Fight Night 45 last July, and Cannetti was choked out by Enrique Briones in November.
Considering this is the curtain jerker, it's nothing to get too upset over.
Next we have the co-main event of the FS1 prelims.
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Patrick Cummins
Cavalcante most recently lost a unanimous decision to Ryan Bader last June, and Cummins was knocked out by OSP in April.
That brings me to the main card, which is where the fun really begins.
While he's facing Soa Palelei, who won his last fight, Bigfoot is another matter entirely. He is 0-3-1 in his last 4 fights, and he was viciously knocked out in all of those losses. You have to go back to February of 2013 to find the last time he had his hand raised, which was when he knocked out Alistair Overeem. Since then it's been crushing KO's from Andre Arlovksi in September of last year and Frank Mir this February. Sandwiched between all that was a failed drug test as well.
Stefan Struve vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Struve is 2-2 in his last 4 with the most recent win being a TKO over Stipe Miocic... unfortunately that was almost three years ago in September 2012, when Obama was still in his first term. His last two losses were at the hands (literally) of Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem. Between the Hunt loss in March of 2013 and the Overeem loss in December of 2014 was him sitting on the shelf due to a heart issue and he almost had a fight with Matt Mitrione that was canceled at the last second due to other medical issues he had.
Big Nog hasn't had it much better himself. He is 1-3 in his last 4, his last victory was over Dave Herman in October 2012, just a few weeks after Struve's last win. However that win came after sitting on the shelf for a long time because Frank Mir broke his arm in December of 2011. His next two fights came almost a year apart, where he was submitted by Fabrício Werdum in June 2013 and then was knocked out by Roy Nelson in April 2014.
Get your torches and pitchforks ready, because I'm about to really upset you.
Maurício Rua vs. Antônio Rogério Nogueira
While Shogun was the Light Heavyweight Champion for a short while, overall his career in the UFC has been anything but stellar. So he deserves his own special subsection in this.
As of this writing, Rua has fought in the UFC 14 times. Of those 14 fights, he has only notched back to back wins once. You can argue that he beat Lyoto Machida in their first fight, but you can't change history and the record books have it as a loss. Something else very interesting about Shogun, everyone he's beaten in the UFC is now either retired, no longer with the UFC, or changed their weightclass.
I know it hurts, but it's a cold hard fact.
Mark Coleman – Retired
Chuck Liddell – Retired
Lyoto Machida – Now at Middleweight
Forrest Griffin – Retired
Brandon Vera – Cut from the UFC and back at Heavyweight
James Te Huna – Now at Middleweight and possibly retired
Shogun is also 1-3 in his last 4. His last win was over Te Huna back in December 2013, but before that he was choked out by Chael Sonnen and after it he was knocked out by Dan Henderson in April last year before Ovince Saint Preux did the same to him the following November.
Like his brother, Lil Nog hasn't had the best of luck in recent years with LONG bouts of inactivity due to various injuries. He is 2-2 in his last 4, but because they're so spaced out I'm going to list them chronologically.
March 2011 – Loss to Phil Davis
December 2011 – Win over Tito Ortiz. I should note that other than his win over Bader, Tito hadn't won since 2006.
February 2013 – Win over Rashad Evans
July 2014 – KO Loss to Anthony Johnson
If you discount the two TUF Final bouts, and you should as they have no place being on a PPV, that means that these guys are making up the vast majority of the main card. Yes, this is a Brazilian event, and Brazilians want to watch other Brazilians fight, but this is insanity. The UFC is trying to serve you a shit sandwich for dinner with a slice of Key Lime Pie (Rousey title fight) for desert in the hopes that you will fall for it. Don't.
After the outstanding UFC 189 event, we as fans need to hold Dana White and company to a higher standard. If they want to get their hands on our money, then we need to show them that they'll have to EARN it, and expecting people to pay $60 for the privilege of watching this reheated frozen dinner of a card ISN'T how they're doing to do it.