The UFC wanted to return to the airwaves in the way that only they know how, and they did it with UFC on Fuel TV 2 in Stockholm tonight. They wanted to deliver an action packed event with Alexander Gustafsson, Thiago Silva, Paulo Thiago, Siyar Bahadurzada, Brad Pickett and more, and nobody is doubting that they did exactly that.
In short, the UFC had a successful debut to break into the Swedish market and they also returned to form by giving the world another great night of MMA action.
The only bummer was that it was a Fuel TV card, and while some providers carry it, some providers do not carry it at all, so who really saw it?
Sure, we can say that the people with either Fox Deportes or Fuel TV were able to see this card, and it's true that those lucky enough to afford the subscription were able to witness the magic live, but what about the ones that don't have the subscription?
Do we just say, "Sucks for them, they missed out?" I suppose we could say that, but if access to Fuel TV is a problem, are there measures that could be taken to ensure that every cable provider could supply Fuel to those who demand it at an affordable subscription fee?
If not, the question of how more fans could get Fuel TV or get access to the fights goes up in the air unless someone wants to suggest the UFC.tv webcast of the event.
After all, most UFC events and UFC fights can be found on UFC.tv and most fans can get the events on their computer screen through the UFC.tv option, complete with the ability to hear what the corner-men say and the ability to watch the fight from four angles at a time.
Other than UFC.tv, the only other option is to wait for videos of the fights to hit the Internet in some form or another.
On one hand, that's not a problem for anyone because, hey, they're watching the fights anyway, right? In the long run, all that matters is that people are witnessing great MMA action, especially if they missed out on somehow seeing it live and only wanted to watch the fights without much regard as to how they access it, so long as it doesn't get them arrested or served with a subpoena.
On the other hand, however, many would prefer to watch the fights live, especially when there are cards with the excitement potential that this UFC on Fuel TV 2 card had. It's from there that we return to the question of how fans should go about demanding Fuel TV when there's no immediate way for some providers to supply the channel at an affordable monthly rate?
However, it may have to happen, it will need to happen as soon as possible so that fans are not denied the right to witness great cards like the one that took place tonight because at the end of the day, UFC on Fuel TV was a successful event and a fantastic fight card.
The only problem with the card? Few, if anybody, were able to witness the action as it happened. Unless something changes as soon as possible, things will unfortunately not appear to change at any time in the future.