In typical Zuffa fashion, the UFC will be counter-programming “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” on Saturday night. They will re-air the historic UFC 100 on Spike TV in an effort to draw fans away from Showtime. They will also include un-aired preliminary bouts not featured on the PPV card. These bouts include the Jon Jones vs. Jake O’Brien, Stephan Bonnar vs. Mark Coleman, and Matt Grice vs. Shannon Gugerty.
While this is clever from a business standpoint, what does this say to the fans?
I, like most people, shelled out the money to view what was supposed to be history. We were supposed to be treated to the best card ever put together by the UFC. And while the fights were very entertaining, it didn’t seem like the epic event we were hyped to buy.
I now feel cheated that the card will be aired for free, just to take attention away from what’s looking like an excellent card from Strikeforce.
We knew the gloves were coming off as soon as Coker signed Fedor, but to show an event most people haven’t even got the bill for yet is a smack in face. I keep hearing from Dana White that this is for the fans, but what Im seeing is, “pay 50 bucks today, but Im gonna air it for free in a couple of weeks”.
However, even with this “dirty” tactic, I still believe the Strikeforce card is strong enough to hold its own. There are three championship bouts, albeit one interim, (Where are you Cung Le?), and a short notice fight between two very tough competitors.
The main event is a fight that has been in the making for some time, and even though it has been hyped because of Gina Carono’s easy on the eyes appearance, it should provide more action than men’s fights. The Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Gegard Mousasi is a hold over from Affliction, and fans will finally see the outcome. The Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida, could easily take fight of the night, and the Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron vs. Jesse “JT Money” Taylor, is a good replacement for the unfortunate and always unpredictable Nick Diaz.
All in all, I am looking forward to the weekend, the more fights the better. I just have one thing left to add: Thank you DVR.