UFC 177 Demolished Following Numerous Injuries

Published on August 30th, 2014 5:21 pm EST

The UFC is hosting more cards than ever as they attempt to increase their footprint across the world.

This strategy of watering down their product comes with a substantial amount of risk as we have witnessed this weekend.

Thanks to Renan Barao pulling out of the event at the last second due to weight cut issues, the UFC is left with a PPV card that has been completely and utterly destroyed. In many respects, UFC 177 would have a hard time passing as a decent UFC Fight Pass card.

With its numbered events, the UFC usually has a big main event, a decent co-main event and a number of fights that would usually take place on an undercard. The problem, of course, is that if there is an injury that alters the main or co-main event, the card ends up looking pretty weak, which is what ended up happening to UFC 177 this weekend.

UFC 177 was originally supposed to feature Demetrious Johnson vs Chris Cariaso AND Renan Barao vs TJ Dillashaw, but the promotion elected to move Johnson vs Cariaso to UFC 178 following the injury to Jon Jones. This came despite the fact that UFC 178 was already a super solid card that will feature Donald Cerrone vs Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier.

The UFC tempted fate by moving Johnson vs Cariaso to UFC 178 and it ended up biting them in the ass. Now the promotion has to suffer the indignity of hosting a card that will almost certainly result in one of the worst buy rates in the history of the company.

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As the UFC continues to water down its cards, this type of situation should keep occurring in the future. The UFC has already cancelled two cards entirely over the past couple of years (UFC 151, UFC 179) thanks to injuries to the main event participants and you can be assured that it will happen again.

In fact, UFC 177 likely would have been cancelled as well if Renan Barao's situation didn't crop up mere hours before the main event.

In short - the UFC is playing a very dangerous game by structuring their cards the way that they do, and disaster will almost surely strike again in the near future.


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