Now that UFC 97 has been cleared to happen in Montreal (no word yet on how things will be affected for other local MMA promotions), it’s time to take a look at the nuts and bolts of the event. The UFC has just released the main and prelim cards and they’re a bit … odd:
Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites (for middleweight title)
Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio Rua (LHW)
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brian Stann (LHW)
Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk (HW)
Steve Cantwell vs. Luis Cane (LHW)
Denis Kang vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam (MW)
Jason MacDonald vs. Nate Quarry (MW)
David Loiseau vs. Ed Herman (MW)
Mark Bocek vs. David Bielkheden (LW)
Ryo Chonan vs. TJ Grant (WW)
Sam Stout vs. Matt Wiman (LW)
There’s a fuckload of Canadian talent on this card, but barring a prelim fight or two if there’s time, the only Canadian PPV watchers will get to see is Krzysztof fucking Soszynski. Not that I dislike Soszynski or anything, but he’s about the last guy who should be on the main card, and he’s probably only there because of Brian Stann (which is in itself pretty stupid).
The UFC has really started to make some oddball choices for which fights get on the main card. There’s always certain aggrivating things to expect when they put together the televised portion … TUF fighters and winners get preferential treatment even when they’re fighting complete jokes. But in this case we’ve got a Canadian card stacked with Canadian talent and none of it will be on display to those Canadians who weren’t able to snatch up a ticket to see the show live. Laaaaame.