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One of the aspects that made the UFC an awesome sporting event to watch was it was the World Series, the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the greatest and biggest event in Mixed Martial Arts competition. Each PPV was stacked with known fighters and exciting fight match ups. The greatest event in MMA also happened about once a month. But, the UFC seems to be watering down their PPV events more and more.
UFC 177 is the second example of a watered down UFC PPV event in 2014. For the last few years I’ve been writing up fight previews, predictions and picks for UFC PPV main event fights. I’ve established a reputation for picking main event winners. It was fun researching the fighters in the main event and then picking a winner. Earlier this year, I skipped writing one for UFC 174 ( Johnson vs. Bagautinov) because the fight card was so bad and the main event was extremely uninteresting.
I love MMA, and have great respect of the UFC, but, I will be boycotting this event as well. It’s the UFC’s duty to give the fans the best, and this, definitely is not it. It’s not even close. With Renan Barao backing out of the main event, the card went from bad to worse. Here’s the fight card for UFC 177:
UFC 177 Main Card
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Joe Soto
Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo
Bethe Correia vs. Shayna Baszler
Ramsey Nijim vs. Carlos Ferreira
Yancy Medeiros vs. Damon Jackson
Prelims on Fox Sports 1
Lorenz Larkin vs. Derek Brunson
Ruan Potts vs. Anthony Hamilton
Chris Wade vs. Cain Carrizosa
The thing that makes championships of any sport interesting is the excitement in the die hard fan that spills over and creates buzz amongst casual fans and to even the casual observer of sporting competition. This buzz brings people together and truly makes an event worth watching.
The buzz connects people to the athletes, and everyone feels like they have a stake in the event. UFC 177 did not create a buzz. The casual fan doesn’t care, the die hard fan is disappointed, and the sport as a whole loses.
So, no fight pick from me for UFC 177. Dana White and the UFC need to reward the fans with better UFC’s (UFC PPV fight cards)in the future, or this sport will suffer the consequences.
at 4:26 PM Posted by Coach Rollie