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Was UFC 119 the worst card in UFC history?

I’ve been out of the MMA loop for a couple of weeks as I’ve been settling into a new job and moonlighting as a film critic covering the Toronto International Film Festival and frankly, I needed the break from caged entertainment.

Anyone who’s been following Fighting Words the last couple of months has probably detected my not-so-subtle frustration with the sport. I was burnt out on it, on too many bad cards at every level, on no new stories save those MMA insiders and pundits and the like latch onto in some random tweet and then blow up into something that’s really nothing at all just to feed the news cycle and attract eyeballs.

No, I’m not referring to Chael Sonnen’s steroid woes or however you choose to see them. He did the crime, he’ll do the time and that’s about it, the world keeps spinning, pick your jaw up off the floor because really, is anyone surprised when any professional athlete uses performance-enhancing drugs? I haven’t even been paying much attention to the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter and somehow this all makes me feel just a little bit smarter.

That is until I came out of exile for Saturday’s UFC 119 and my IQ hit the floor. Damn. That was one of the worst cards in the history of the promotion. It was Halcion. Hell, UFC prez Dana White was so pissed off that he refused to hand out a Knockout of the Night bonus even though Frank Mir levelled Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic with a knee to end the main event. Of course, that knee came after almost three full rounds of what has been described as patty cake and sweaty bro hugs. And that came after 10 other fights of which seven went to the judges’ scorecards. Even Mir knows it was a shitty performance and said so after the fight.

Now, a fight that goes to decision is not immediately indicative of a boring fight. On the contrary. It just so happened, though, that these seven were simply long and boring fights. Even Matt Serra letting Chris Lytle use his face for target practice wasn’t particularly enjoyable. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ryan Bader looked like they were auditioning for TUF. Ditto Sean Sherk vs. Evan Dunham (in one of the worst judges’ decisions to come along in a while) and Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens and I won’t even bother with the undercard, which is where those fights belonged.

I don’t look forward to seeing any of these fighters in the octagon ever again. And that goes for Mir, who I generally like and who did win, and Cro Cop, whom I like in a sentimental way but who didn’t throw a single kick in that last round before he hit the mat. The stupidity continues. Stick around.


1 Rutger { 09.28.10 at 10:39 am }

I have followed this site for a while and noticed a lack of updates lately :) But I agree, ufc119 just made me not so interested in MMA anymore. Not quite sure why – maybe because it was 90% boxing matches, at least it felt like that.

To me, watching MMA is as much about seeing stars being made as seing their skill on display. Didnt get satisfaction from ufc119. I havent seen Meatheads fight yet though, which I hear was entertaining.

2 Six { 10.07.10 at 11:12 am }

The UFC is full of washed up fighters hanging on for yet another paycheck. When i hear people like Franklin, Liddel, Vera, or Ortiz talk about title shots i have to laugh.

They need to retire about half of their fighters … Their just fillers.


I don’t care to ever see any of these guys disgrace a ring again. Id bet 500 bucks that none ever become a title holder in the UFC .

Also if all these fighters want to go act or be writers then that is what they should have done to start with .. Rampage, Griffin, and Couture should move to Hollywood and stay out of the Arenas.

Anyone who thinks the UFC fights of today compare with 5yrs ago needs an eyecheck or a visit to a psychiatrist.

3 Scrape { 10.07.10 at 11:32 am }

UFC is turning into a circus.

First the massively worthless Toney vs Couture bout, now Shaq is going to fight? Ill bet there is a real fighter somewhere working his tail off that deserves that break more than a basketball player with a high profile name… I knew it was heading south when the UFC had that fake and cheesy Hulk Hogan on for an interview.

Washed up fighters, gimmicks, and having to listen/watch Dana White and his condescending attitude (look how rich i am) have about done me in on the UFC.
Bellator and Strikeforce have much better fights than what the UFC puts on and thats where my PPV money will go. (IMO)

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