UFC 148 Results: Why the Prelims Were 10 Times Better Than the Main Card

Matt SaccaroContributor IIIJuly 8, 2012

A scuffle from a "boring" preliminary fight. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
A scuffle from a "boring" preliminary fight. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The UFC 148 preliminary fights weren't worth complaining over. In fact, they were far better than the main card. 

"Heresy!" you say? Think again. 

The most frequent complaints about the prelims were that they were boring and filled with no-name fighters that nobody cared about.

Concerning the entertainment value of the fights, excitement is subjective. There was nothing egregiously bad about any of the prelim fights (they weren't Guida vs. Maynard, that's for sure) but they lacked any sort of memorable moment or spark. 

However, that's why such fights are on the prelims. The preliminary bouts have lower-level fighters who, in theory, aren't as capable as the ones on the main card. 

Even if you thought the prelims were deplorable, you have no right to complain—they were free!

True, half of what happened in those fights has already been forgotten and the other half will be forgotten by tomorrow, but the fact of the matter is that the fights were free fights that were preliminaries, so what did people really expect? Every fight can't be Frye-Takayama, Griffin-Bonnar I or Henderson-Rua, after all.

The prelims were fine, but the main card was far worse.

Mike Easton vs. Ivan Menjivar was just identical to the prelims in terms of excitement, but fans had to pay to see it. 

Cody McKenzie vs. Chad Mendes was a 31-second farce that was akin to the professional wrestling squash matches of old—a mismatch of this caliber is to be expected in Strikeforce or some other lesser promotion, but putting one on what's supposed to be the fight card of the year and then charging fans money for it is embarrassing. 

If that wasn't bad, Demian Maia vs. Dong Hyun Kim, one of the most intriguing matchups of the night, also ended in less than a minute after Kim was injured after a takedown from Maia.

Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote was a fun fight, but it was between a 40-year-old whose best days are far behind him. It was great watching him fight and get a win, but a fighter should only be that high up on the card (fight preceding the co-main event) if they're going to be a title contender some day. 

Also, Cote's efforts were commendable, but he was 4-7 in the UFC before the fight with Le—not exactly a high-level competitor. 

The co-main event wasn't stellar, either. It featured two fighters who haven't been relevant in years engaged in a messy, tired brawl. It became a painful sight to see former champions in such poor shape. Even UFC president Dana White commented that both men looked old

The post-fight malarkey concerning Griffin bolting from the cage and then conducting a farcical interview with Ortiz in place of Rogan soured the main card even more. 

Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen—the fight that the MMA world had been waiting for—promised to assuage all ill will toward the card...but it failed. 

The fight was marred with controversy, from Anderson Silva rubbing vaseline on himself, to the blatant short grabbing, to his supposedly illegal knee. The fight had enough wrong with it to prevent the outcome from being 100 percent decisive. 

The fight left a bad taste in the mouths of fans, as did perhaps every other fight on the UFC 148 fight card, the prelims included, but they had an excuse—they were free prelim fights, so what do you really expect?

The main card, however, had no excuse. Fans had to shell out money for fights that weren't worth the price tag. Complain about the "boring" decisions on the prelims, but fans didn't have to pay for those. Instead, they had to pay for sub-minute fights, mismatches, controversy and fights between men even the promoter said looked old. 

So tell me now, was the main card really that much better than the prelims?