Tuesday, July 8, 2008

UFC 86: One Horrible Event

UFC 86 was one of the worst shows the UFC has produced. The fights last Saturday night in Las Vegas were boring and lackluster.

Four of the five fights on the main card ended in decision. Those fans who wanted to see exciting submission or knockout wins were out of luck. The fans who were live in the Mandalay Bay Events Center did get to see four prelim fights which all ended in either knockout or submission.

Even the biggest Forrest Griffin fan could not truly justify him winning the UFC Light Heavyweight Title against Rampage Jackson. Griffin did not do enough to obtain the title and was knocked down in the first round.

A lot of fans that I talked to are angry about the outcome and plan to boycott future UFC events. Some believe the UFC is more like the WWE these days and turning into more of a circus than a legitimate sporting event.

I was excited about the main event but the other fights on the main card were just horrendous. None of the fights on the main card were particularly interesting to begin with.

Even hardcore MMA fans could not be excited about a fight between Patrick Cote and Ricardo Almeida. The UFC tried to brainwash fans into thinking this was a important fight but most fans were not fooled at all.

The fight did not live up to its hype at all as Cote won by split decision.

Joe Stevenson is a good fighter but he lost some of his luster after losing to B.J. Penn. Stevenson did not look good at all against Gleison Tibau, but he was able to secure a guillotine when Tibau tried to shoot in for a takedown in the second round. Tibau had no choice but to tap and give Stevenson the win.

In other fights, Tyson Griffin defeated Marcos Aurelio by unanimous decision. The fight started off the pay-per-view and was a precursor of things to come as the fight was dull and underwhelming.

Josh Koscheck defeated Chris Lytle in one of the bloodier fights in recent memory. Lytle lost a huge amount of blood during the three-round battle. It was quite disgusting and awful to watch. The fight was not entertaining at all as Koscheck had the advantage throughout the one-sided affair.

Fans were probably wishing that the referee would stop the fight in the second round when Lytle was bleeding profusely.

We did get to see one knockout as the UFC aired the Melvin Guillard match against Dennis Siver. Guillard made quick work of Siver as he won by TKO in 36 seconds.

Although Guillard is not currently one of the UFC's top fighters, he is one of their more exciting fighters. The UFC should have had Guillard start off the pay-per-view portion of the show, but instead they relegated him to prelim status.

Overall, this event was one of the worst shows I have ever seen. I was truly excited about the main event, but the fight could not save the poor undercard. The controversial ending did not help me enjoy the show either, and caused bitterness among fans.

Let's hope the fights on July 19 will be much better and entertaining. Affliction will have their first show that day, and the UFC is countering with their own show free on Spike TV.


Anonymous said...

Stop bashing the UFC. They build this sport to what it is today. Show some respect.

Anonymous said...

The UFC sucks