First things first, last night’s finale was simply awesome. The fights between Jon Koppenhaver vs. Jared Rollins and Clay Guida vs. Roger Huerta were so good they could have carried a show by themselves. But to get two matches like that on the same card is simply amazing. I hope Dana White is in the Christmas spirit and gives all four guys a $40,000 match of the night bonus.
Now, let’s break the show down from a overly-analytical perspective.
Is it just me or did last night’s telecast go longer than usual and contain even more commercials than normal?
The commercials nearly killed me. Really, I could not stop bitching about them. They had too many breaks that lasted too long. It’s like this for every live UFC telecast on Spike but I felt last night was especially bad. Maybe there’s no change and it just felt that way?
Or, because Spike is paying the UFC more for its content they have to squeeze more ads in to help offset costs?
Whatever the situation is, without awesome fights between Koppenhaver vs. Rollins and Guida vs. Huerta, the pacing of the show would have killed almost any enjoyment for me.
The pacing on pay-per-views is usually slower than a lot of shows but I’m okay with that. The pacing on Spike TV fight cards is usually a little better but it just seemed to take forever to go from match to match.
I kind of get the feeling that Spike and the UFC wanted to stretch the show out because they wanted to cut into the Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton fight as much as possible. I’m not complaining, as I like seeing more matches and I think it’s smart business to show as many of the TUF guys officially fighting for the UFC as possible.
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