I gotta say that while HBO beat the shit out of the UFC (both for the TUF finale and UFC79) for hype and marketing on Hatton/Mayweather, it’s been the UFC which actually delivered the goods. The Hatton/Mayweather bout was a messy affair dominated more by the referee than the fighters themselves. Hatton looked like the sloppy brawler his critics labeled him and Mayweather kept his game tight and unexciting like he’s known to do. While it was saved from a decision in the 10th round, I give Hatton/Mayweather as a fight a big “Meh”.
The TUF6 finale had some issues early on because of the participant’s lack of experience … watching Ben Saunders and Dan Barrera roll around for 15 minutes left a bad taste in my mouth and three of the other TUF bouts were one sided affairs that didn’t do too much for me. Fortunately the Jon Koppenhaver vs Jared Rollins fight turned into an absolute war, Richie Hightower surprised everyone by trying to slug it out with Troy Mandoloniz, and of course Clay Guida vs Roger Huerta was a total barnburner.
In the end, I just wish that the UFC did a better job of advertising themselves lately. The 24/7 shows have exposed the UFC’s Countdown shows as woefully underwhelming, never mind formulaic and by the numbers at this point. If people are complaining that the TUF series is stale, the Countdown show is growing mold. But still, if I had a choice between better hype for worse shows and no hype for better shows, I’d still pick the latter. Going head to head with boxing, the UFC’s product won hands down … and don’t think people will forget that the next time a boxing ‘superfight’ happens.