UFC 220 is an experiment that will likely fail
This is the first PPV card that really feels like it has the WME feel to it and by that I mean it feels like a boxing event. An incredibly top heavy card, the rest of the slate features fighters with near no name, power and presumably small fight purses. The relatively new owners will be looking to see if they can use a big main event to sell a PPV by itself without the need to stack the rest of the card, similarly to how boxing promoters put on their shows.
This is yet another attempt by WME to cost cut whilst still trying to bring in a substantial PPV buy-rate. However, they are going to learn the hard way that MMA fans are not as easy to impress as boxing fans when this card fails to out sell UFC 219. How much longer is it going to be before WME starts to panic and the Fertitta brothers start to sniff a cheap buy back of their former company.
AAAAAAAAAND NEW (X2)
This weekend we get two title fights at the top of the PPV card in the UFC’s heaviest weight classes. The main event features champion Stipe Miocic defending his HW title against hyped challenger Francis Ngannou. The African KO artist is coming into this fight as a substantial favourite over the champion and is many analyst’s pick to come away with the gold. However, the challenger in the other title fight is not receiving as much love, as Volkan Oezdemir sits as a three-to-one underdog to LHW ‘champion’ Daniel Cormier.
Oezdemir is no stranger to being an underdog though as he has been a sizeable dog in all of his three bouts inside the octagon. In each bout, he has proved more and more people wrong from winning his short notice debut to dispatching two separate top 15 opponents in less than a minute. This weekend he will yet again show everyone that he has ‘No Time’ to be doubted when he KOs DC inside the first round and becomes the first of two new champions on the night!
You can currently get +500 on two new champs being crowned at UFC 220 but you will have to hurry because that line will be gone in ‘No Time’…
Douglas Lima vs Rory MacDonald is ‘THE’ fight this weekend
So, while you will likely be paying your hard earned money to purchase the UFC PPV, there is another card on Saturday put on by Bellator on free TV. Bellator 192 may not have the two biggest/baddest men on the planet slugging it out (unless you count Quinton Jackson the biggest & Chael Sonnen the baddest); it does feature the best fight being televised this weekend.
Douglas Lima vs Rory MacDonald for the Bellator WW Championship is the hottest match up in the company and is arguably a better fight than anything the UFC could put together at that weight class. The former UFC title challenger (and occasional turtleneck-wearing serial killer) Rory MacDonald will be looking to capture the gold from the hugely underrated champion Douglas Lima. This fight has the makings of an absolute war that should eclipse any fight taking place on the UFC card in Boston.
This really does beg the question of why Scott Coker decided to put has-beens Rampage & Sonnen as the main event over the best fight Bellator will likely put on all year… #JustBellatorThings