If you look at UFC 95 on paper it is quick to see that it is not the best UFC card by a mile. I have heard it said that U.K. fans are less than pleased with the card so far. I understand their feelings. However, I am not too upset because it airs free on SPIKE TV. I would be hesitant to spend $44.00 on this card. However, let me say this: UFC 95 is one fight away from being a dynamic card. The problem with UFC 95 is a lack of a main event. Also, for many in the U.K. it may be the absent Michael Bisping. Diego Sanchez’s lightweight debut against Joe Stevenson may be interesting, but it is not main event interesting. Both guys are super talented, but not main event talented. Co-main event? Maybe. So, my theory is that UFC 95 is a main event short of being a great card. Imagine with me for a second that UFC 95 featured a main event with a big name fighter that is main event worthy. Then the televised portion would follow with…
2. Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Stevenson
3. Demian Maia vs. Chael Sonnen
4. Nate Marquardt vs. Wilson Gouveia
5. Junior Dos Santos vs. Stefan Struve or Dan Hardy vs. Rory Markham
If they find a solid main event UFC 95 would stack up against any other card. Here is the importance of this: The UFC has openly seeking to go international. Their largest fan bases outside the U.S. are in Canada and the U.K. They do not want to disappoint those fans. Reward them for their loyalty. Find a good main event. See if you cannot bribe Rashad Evans to fight Quinton Jackson here. See if you cannot get a Randy Couture vs. Nogueira fight chalked up. Bump Liddell up from UFC 96. Whatever it takes. Dana White and Joe Silva must realize that the U.K. is the gateway to the European market. Give them a better main event that Sanchez vs. Stevenson. This is a better card than some will credit it for being, but it does lack a main event. You can breeze by with a solid main event and a less than solid rest of the card, but a solid rest of the card without a solid main event may be tough to sell.
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