Fine, so it’s the same argument UFC executives have thrown out there in terms of why paying the extra $5.00 isn’t a big deal. However, they have a point. Silva-Weidman II and Rousey/Tate II are two of the most anticipated rematches in a long time. The original efforts were spectacular, the involved athletes are considered elite in their respective divisions, and there’s the added bonus of storylines behind both. Silva is not just out to win his belt back but avoid tarnishing a reputation nearly unblemished prior to his shocking knockout loss last July; Weidman is on a mission to show his win was not a fluke and he is the real deal; Tate can become the first person to ever defeat Rousey and desperately wants to knock her rival down a few pegs; Rousey has remained unbeaten in spectacular fashion and could see her status as a superstar diminish if she doesn’t shine against an opponent she legitimately dislikes. When considering all the involved factors, is paying the equivalent of a combo meal from Wendy’s for that level of excellence really a deal-breaker? (PHOTO CREDIT: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
Zuffa’s decision to hike up the price for UFC 168 has understandably been an unpopular one with fans everywhere. After all, money is often tight during the holidays and the increase is clearly aimed at capitalizing on the co-headlining clashes rather than a necessary bump up. However, with the price set in stone, it’s time for folks to stop dwelling on factors outside of their control and consider why the extra $5.00 should be easy to stomach despite the company’s motivation for the move. Here are five reasons to fork out the extra cash, sit back on your couch, and enjoy the show with a smile on your face!
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