1. Ironically Stacked Card
The biggest criticism levelled at the UFC in 2012 – rightly so – has been the weak cards they have put out on Pay-Per-View. The addition of the multi-million dollar Fox Television deal and a refusal to decrease the number of Pay Per View events to compensate has seen the UFC roster spread wafer thin. It is rare for any card to have more than one marquee fight right now, in some instances there is simply no pay per view draw at all. The UFC have told us for years that their product is better than boxing because its shows aren’t just built around one big fight, that the UFC itself is a bigger draw than any individual fighter. At this point in time that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
It is somewhat ironic then that the first, and probably last, stacked Pay Per View card of 2012 comes as a direct result of all that is wrong with the current UFC PPV product. You should know the story by now, Dan Henderson was set to challenge Jon Jones at UFC 151 in a card so weak it could not survive without the main event. Henderson pulled out injured and the Light-Heavyweight champion refused to take a replacement opponent on eight days notice. The UFC cancelled the show and moved many of the fights onto UFC 152.
What was once a pay per view set to do a horrendously low buy rate, headlined by a Flyweight title bout getting no media attention, is now likely to become one of the highest drawing shows of the year. Two World Title fights and a Middleweight bout that should determine the next challenger to Anderson Silva. Where most current Pay Per Views are lucky to have one fight people care about, suddenly UFC 152 has three that are super relevant to the immediate future of their respective divisions not to mention providing two of this month’s must see fights. It doesn’t get much better than that in 2012.
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