UFC 80, which starts today at 3 p.m. Eastern, features one title fight, with B.J. Penn taking on Joe Stevenson for the lightweight belt, and one undercard fight featuring a fairly well-known fighter, heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga.
The other three fights on the main card (Marcus Davis vs. Jess Liaudin, Wilson Gouveia vs. Jason Lambert, Kendall Grove vs. Jorge Rivera) all could be entertaining, but they're not exactly the kinds of names people generally shell out big bucks for.
So is UFC President Dana White ripping off the fans by putting UFC 80 on pay per view, rather than on Spike? Former UFC ref John McCarthy thinks so. In a fascinating interview with Mr. Sunshine, McCarthy talks about his career, why he'll always be involved with the sport of mixed martial arts but not with UFC, and why he thinks a card like UFC 80 belongs on free TV.
I basically tend to agree with those who say that this card, all things considered, isn't a very good deal if you're forking over $40 or $50 for it. But whether you're buying it on pay per view or not, be sure to follow along with our FanHouse live blog.