The UFC seems to be at a state of emergency lately. First UFC 151 was cancelled because the fighter that deserved the shot wouldn’t step up, and now UFC 153 went from a great card, to not even PPV worthy. The UFC lost Aldo and Rampage the same day and it seemed like Edgar was going to stay on the card and just get another opponent. After last night, this is no longer the case.
The new main event at UFC 153 will be between the current Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva and a guy who is currently ranked 27th in the light heavyweight division in Stephan Bonnar. They will fight at 205 lbs. This fight makes absolutely no sense. I understand that the UFC needed a fight, I know Bonnar has been looking for a super fight, and I even have respect for both fighters stepping up for their company.
That being said, this fight doesn’t have the likability factor at all. Silva is the promotion’s longest reigning champion, and holds the longest winning and title defense streak in UFC history, with 15 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses. He has 12 post-fight bonus awards, which is the highest total in the UFC. Silva is ranked the #1 middleweight in the world by multiple publications including Sherdog, and is the consensus No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world according to ESPN, Sherdog, and other publications.
The you take Bonnar, a man that couln’t beat Jon Jones, Mark Coleman and others. Bonnar is fan favorite due to his brawling nature and his ability to take a lot of punishment and keep coming forward. He holds notable wins over Keith Jardine and James Irvin. He is mainly known for his two back and forth battles with TUF 1 winner Forrest Griffin and Krzysztof Soszynski. Bonnar is 3-3 in his last six fights, losing 3 in a row and winning 3 in a row. He hasn’t fought since beating Kyle Kingsbury last November at UFC 139. Silva is no Kingsbury, that’s for sure.
At least UFC 153 has a main event, if you can call it that. First of all, what if hell freezes over and Bonnar beats Silva? Then what? Would that push Bonnar’s 27th ranking to the “best fighter and the man who beat Silva?” And as far as beating Bonnar, this does nothing for Silva, the man who thought Chris Weidman was unworthy of his title. Silva is a joke wanting and excepting this fight. He thinks he is doing positive for the UFC and he is actually helping kill it.
I know they couldn’t afford another PPV cancellation but whats next? If JDS gets hurt are we going to see Andrew Craig step up from middleweight and challenge Cain? The UFC is slowly dying and I’m sure Dana White see’s this. We haven’t seen a UFC fight in forever it seems like and now the next two PPV’s feature Jones vs Belfort and Silva vs Bonnar?
This is so ludacris and I for one will not be paying my hard earned cash to watch this PPV. I won’t even waste my gas money driving to a local establishment who runs the fight. Both UFC 152 and 153 have great fights on the card and it seems like the main events are killing the cards. We enjoy a stacked card with a great main event as fans and it seems in the next two PPV’s that seeing that is far side.
Like I said, I give Bonnar and Silva credit for stepping up, but the fact the the UFC thinks this fight is going to save UFC 153 in Rio, is a joke that’s not even funny. With the injury bug always lurking and fighters dropping like flies, expect main events to start looking like Thiago Silva vs Nick Ring. And we all know that won’t bring in buys. It’s bad enough that we have been waiting over a year for the return of GSP, but we have two interim champs now and horrible main events.
The sad part is it’s not the UFC’s fault that the only fighters that stay healthy is their number one guy and a guy who almost retired twice. The UFC is on life support as far as I’m concerned and they need mouth to mouth stat! If the UFC can’t deliver the cards and main events they promise and schedule months in advance, the UFC might die a slow and painful death.