I like UFC and am looking forward to Saturday's UFC 78 event, but I must confess that when I first saw the fight card for UFC 78, my initial reaction was, "That's it?"
That's what a lot of people are saying. At SI.com, Pramit Mohapatra writes:
UFC 78 features no title fights, no grudge matches, and no transcendental marquee names. Instead MMA fans are presented with what amounts to a night of undercard fights and will have to wait six more weeks for UFC 79 -- a monster event that does have fans buzzing.To me, the problem with UFC 78 is that it's on pay-per-view, and a lot of fans don't think it's worth 40 or 50 bucks. If Saturday night's show were on Spike, UFC fans would be in a lather about it. But having this UFC event on pay-per-view instead of Spike would be kind of like the NFL deciding to move a weekend of games to pay-per-view instead of network television, and picking a weekend when the Patriots, Colts, Steelers and Cowboys were all having byes.
Having said that, the quality of the fighters isn't necessarily a great indication of the quality of the fights -- people enjoy the fights on The Ultimate Fighter even though the whole point of the show is that these guys have a long way to go before they're championship-quality fighters.
Still, if you're not planning to purchase this one, no one can blame you.
We'll be live blogging UFC 78 here at FanHouse.