Mismatch Mars An Otherwise Great Day For The Promotion

Published on June 1st, 2014 4:50 pm EST

It should have been a great day for the UFC.

The promotion, which has been aggressively expanding internationally over the past five years or so, was set to run a double header on Saturday, May 31st. One event, headlined by Gegard Mousasi vs Mark Munoz, was to take place in Berlin, Germany, while the other event, headlined by Stipe Miocic vs Fabio Maldonado, was to take place in Brazil.

It was a 14 hour extravaganza of fights in two countries thousands of miles apart. For the UFC, this should have been a crowning achievement of their expanding international machine, but instead the day was marred by a ridiculous mis-match between Maldonado and Miocic.

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The original main event for The Ultimate Fighter 3: Brazil Finale was set to be Junior dos Santos vs Stipe Miocic. This would have been an intriguing fight between two of the Heavyweight divisions brightest stars. Unfortunately for fans, Dos Santos was injured and forced to withdraw from the contest.

The UFC, scrambling for a replacement, decided on Fabio Maldonado. Maldonado is known for his iron chin and the ability to withstand exorbitant amounts of punishment. You could see the UFC's wheels turning on this one - put Maldonado in against the hard hitting Miocic and see how much punishment Fabio could endure. It's sure to be a hit with viewers!

The problem? Maldonado, who is a small Light Heavyweight, jumped up to Heavyweight to take this fight. In the end, Maldonado was absolutely no match for Miocic and the fight was over in 35 seconds.

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I understand the UFC wanting to quickly find a replacement for Junior dos Santos (especially one that is from Brazil), but their credibility will take a hit if they continue to book matches like this. Bellator recently made the same mistake when they made the Ortiz vs Shlemenko fight and now the UFC has made the exact same gaffe.


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