Completing a fairly crappy few days for the UFC, Brock's withdrawn from UFC 106 on Nov 21 due to an illness that's apparently kept him laid low for almost a month now. Between this, Barnett testing positive and Overeem concentrating on K1, 2009 has been a less than stellar year for top-tier HW fights (although a few contenders could claim to have stepped up I guess).
With Coleman and Almeida already withdrawing injured, as it stands I think that leaves Ortiz v Griffin as the main event for 106, ably supported by Parisyan v Hazelett. Be interesting to see if they try and add something at short notice or just rely on the drawing power of Tito to carry things.
The current rumor is Lesnar/Carwin's been pushed back to UFC 108, and 106 will just be main-evented by Griffin/Ortiz. Little Nog and Luiz Arthur Cane are going to be fighting at 106, so that's three televised bouts; if they're feeling lazy, they could just bump Baroni/Sadollah and Davis/Saunders up to the televised portion of the card and call it a day. We'll see how it shakes out.
On the one hand, this sucks balls. On the other hand, look at the card for 108 now:
-Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Shane Carwin -Anderson Silva (c) vs. Vitor Belfort -Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva -Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Junior dos Santos -Carlos Condit vs. Paul Daley -Jim Miller vs. Tyson Griffin -Martin Kampmann vs. Rory Markham -Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout -Mark Munoz vs. Ryan Jensen -Cole Miller vs. Dan Lauzon -Jake Ellenberger vs. Mike Pyle
That's an absolutely ridiculous card, there. Any one of those fights has potential to be stellar.
Originally posted by CarlCXOn the other hand, look at the card for 108 now.....There then follows a long list of awesome fights
Yeah, yeah Mr Glass Half Full
That is loaded though. I wonder if they'll bump one of those fights to 109 when it comes to it just to spread things out a bit? Would be a hell of a way to start the year if that card ends up happening.
I totally forgot Lil Nog was fighting at 106, so that makes things a bit better. Still, if it wasn't free with ESPN here I'm not sure they'd be getting any cash out of me for it.
I don't think for a minute any of this was intentional, but Lesnar ought to be happy he's being pushed back to the New Years show where he stands to make a lot more money than a random show in November.
I was tentative about paying for UFC 104 at home as it was, and now I'm definitely just going to catch it at a noisy bar.
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As further update on the issue of 108 being ridiculous, apparently Dana wants Shogun/Machida II on that card too; Shogun's agreed to it already and Machida is tenative based on whether or not the CSAC lets him train due to a 60-day suspension for the laceration on his mouth. I have serious trouble believing that we'll get a card with three straight title fights, but if they cram it all together that way, it's going to be pretty insane.
There is a zero percent chance that the UFC would stack 108 like that, especially with the big UFC 109 show on Super Bowl weekend and the UFC 110 PPV in Australia in February as well. Machida also has some minor elbow surgery to deal with, so I'd guess that we'll see Vitor vs. Anderson at 109, GSP vs. the Mike Swick/Dan Hardy winner at 110 and then Machida vs. Shogun at 111 in March.
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Plus UFC's dominance, some dreadful marketing, utterly bizarre business models and, more recently, Josh Barnett's apparent affection for steroids. Strikeforce seem much wiser than many who went before them so they may do rather better.