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UFC 221 & UFC 222 Slated As The ‘Worst Main Cards In The Last 15 Years’

With the UFC putting serious promotional efforts into UFC 223 last week, fans have seemingly overlooked the upcoming pay-per-view events that are due to take place in the coming months. 

UFC 221 is due to take place on the 10th February in Perth, Australia and, although the main event is somewhat enticing in the form of an interim middleweight title clash between Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold, the rest of the card looks like it should be taking place in a backyard in Birmingham.

Well, that might be a bit harsh, but with relatively unknown names like Saparbek Safarov, Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang featuring on a card that will cost over $65 to purchase in North America, fans certainly have a right to feel hard done by.

Similarly, Las Vegas’s UFC 222 does have a legitimate main event in the form of a featherweight title clash between Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway and Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar. However, much like UFC 221, the rest of the Las Vegas main card wouldn’t seem out of place on the side of a road in Reading.

The cards were called out on Reddit MMA on Tuesday afternoon with the original poster slating the cards as the worst they’d seen in over 15 years as a fan.

Check out a transcription of the scathing review courtesy of LentilCasserole below;

Three of the main-card fights from UFC 221:

  • Tai Tuivasa vs. Cyril Asker
  • Jake Matthews vs. Li Jingliang
  • Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov

That’s shockingly rough. Absolutely none of these fights deserves to be on a $65 pay-per-view event.

UFC 222 offers a similarly sharty bounty. The co-main event is (based on the released poster) Struve vs. Arlovski. Given where the two are at in their careers, this fight would be marginally acceptable as a lead-in fight on a PPV. As a co-main, it’s unconscionable.

I’ve been watching UFC since the 90s and haven’t missed a PPV in about a decade. I realize that January-March is often tough for the UFC. I remember laughing and complaining when I saw the UFC 109 main card announced. (I also remember laughing at the event’s name: Relentless. As I recall, this was one of the final PPV events to have a name.) But the UFC 109 main card was arguably better, even though it contained a near-death Mark Coleman in the main event, and even though it took place before World Fucking Domination.

UFC 161 had a main card that may have been as criminally terrible. And, if I’m being fair, it may have been even more of a crime, as that card was in the spring/summer.

As someone who always purchases and has never pirated, I’m being pushed to the brink. I still wouldn’t pirate. But for the first time in a long (long) time, I’m considering just skipping. It’s a weird feeling.


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