UFC on Fox: Power Ranking the 4 UFC on Fox Fight Cards
UFC on Fox 4 featured a pair of light heavyweight contests between Mauricio Rua and Brandon Vera, and Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader.
From an entertainment standpoint the night was a glowing success, showcasing no shortage of solid action and even producing a title contender.
Now that it is in the books, let's take a look at how the card stacks up against its network television predecessors.
To establish an order of best to worst, the undercard, main card and main event of each Fox installment will be ranked. A first-place rank will earn the event one point, second gets two points, third get one point and fourth gets zero.
Because UFC on Fox 1 had no main card (it was just a main event), I've taken the liberty of classifying the Ricardo Lamas vs. Cub Swanson, Dustin Poirier vs. Pablo Garza and Benson Henderson vs. Clay Guida fights as the event's main card. The rest of the preliminary action will make up the undercard for the purpose of this ranking.
The rankings will be based on the entertainment value of each event, as well as the importance of the fights that comprised it.
Let's begin, shall we?
1. UFC on Fox 3 (3 Points)
This show's undercard delivered on all levels: nice finishes, great action and notable fighters. The Roland Delorme vs. Nick Denis fight deserves special mention, as does Louis Gaudinot's impressive win over John Lineker.
All in all, the undercard of UFC on Fox was a very entertaining batch of fights.
2. UFC on Fox 2 (2 Points)
The UFC's second go on Fox also featured some great undercard action. It included Charles Oliveira's calf-slicer win and Lavar Johnson's crushing knockout of Joey Beltran, as well as a few competitive fights that set the tone for the night.
3. UFC on Fox 4 (1 Point)
The most recent installment of the UFC of Fox series produced a solid, though unspectacular undercard.
The four-fight set included three finishes, but the fights collectively lacked drama outside of an ordinary battle between Manny Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa. Also, the no contest between Wagner Prado and Phil Davis was disappointing.
4. UFC on Fox 1 (0 Points)
The six fights on our makeshift undercard saw minimal action and just one stoppage. The Robert Peralta vs. Mackens Semerzier fight ended in disappointment, as it was ruled a no contest because of an accidental headbutt.
The Main Card
1. UFC on Fox 4 (3 Points)
The three fights that comprised this event's main card were all quite entertaining. Mike Swick scored a beautiful finish of DaMarques Johnson, Joe Lauzon and Jamie Varner put on a show, and Lyoto Machida reintroduced us to the Dragon.
Overall, a very entertaining main card.
2. UFC on Fox 3 (2 Points)
The third go-round featured sluggers Pat Barry and Lavar Johnson, middleweight contenders Alan Belcher and Rousimar Palhares, and welterweights Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks.
The star power of this card bests UFC on Fox 4 and it wasn't far behind for entertainment, but it settles for a very close second place.
3. UFC on Fox 2 (1 Point)
Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping put on a good fight, but the Chris Weidman vs. Demian Maia contest was a disappointing snooze-fest.
A little bit good, a little bit bad. Third place seems like a fitting ranking.
4. UFC on Fox 1 (0 Points)
Our de facto main card from the original Fox show was anchored by Ben Henderson and Clay Guida. Sadly, those two would provide the only real interesting match of this portion of the show.
The Main Event
1. UFC on Fox 1 (3 Points)
It only lasted 1:04, but how can you give the nod to any main event but the heavyweight championship bout? I mean, how often do you get one of those on free television?
Especially when we consider the retrospective important of the bout, and how it marked the rise of Junior dos Santos, this fight has to be No. 1, even if it provided less of a show than Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera.
2. UFC on Fox 4 (2 Points)
Mauricio Rua and Brandon Vera laid it all on the line in the fourth installment's main card. It would have been even better had each fighter's tank held a little more gas, but the fight was still very entertaining and did not lack for title implications.
3. UFC on Fox 3 (1 Point)
This fight marked the official emergence of Nate Diaz as a legitimate title threat. Though the contest was fairly one-sided, it was still more dramatic than the UFC on Fox 2 main event.
4. UFC on Fox 2 (0 Points)
Phil Davis vs. Rashad Evans featured two of the top light heavyweight fighters in the world, but lacked massively for drama. From the opening bell it was clear precisely how the fight would unfold.
It wasn't a terrible fight by any means, but it had zero surprises and probably didn't captivate too many people's attention.
Overall Power Ranking
T-1. UFC on Fox 3 (6 Points)
UFC on Fox 3 featured a solid main event bolstered by a good supporting cast of fights from both the main card and undercard portions of the night.
It earns the honor of being the best UFC show on the Fox network, conjointly with the fourth installment.
T-1. UFC on Fox 4 (6 Points)
The fourth Fox show ties for the top spot on the strength of a dazzling main card. The show also featured an entertaining main event that capped off a solid night of fights.
T-3. UFC on Fox 1 (3 Points)
The first foray the UFC make onto the Fox network was full of logistical problems and featured only a few intriguing bouts. Still, a heavyweight championship bout can do a lot for an event, and in this case it makes the card good enough to tie for third place.
T-3. UFC on Fox 2 (3 Points)
There may be no silver, but there is two bronze. UFC on Fox 2 featured a lackluster main event, but was otherwise a solid show.
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