UFC 154's pay-per-view card delivered on most levels and failed on others. It was pretty much how most pay-per-views go in the eyes of fans.
Where did it rank among the pay-per-view cards in 2012 though?
We started at UFC 142 in 2012 and have gotten all the way to UFC 154. Through these, I will attempt to rank the pay-per-view portions of these cards.
1. UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson I
2. UFC 146: dos Santos vs. Mir
3. UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
4. UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes
5. UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II
6. UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit
7. UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans
8. UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit
9. UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II
10. UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort
11. UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II
12. UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao
13. UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson (cancelled)
These rankings are interchangeable, but based on memory that is how I am ranking the events.
As you can see, I have UFC 154 ranked at No. 6 out of this year's pay-per-views so far. The UFC's first trip to Japan earned top honors, followed by the all heavyweight card at UFC 146, both trips to Brazil and Denver's UFC 150.
UFC 154 was very good, but it went up against some stiff competition this year. The main event really boosted it above all those under it, as GSP and Carlos Condit really provided fans with a show.
What kept UFC 154 from cracking the top five was a lackluster bout between Francis Carmont and Tom Lawlor, as well as a one-sided, largely forgettable bout between Rafael dos Anjos and Mark Bocek.
Johny Hendricks did his part to lift 154's status. His knockout of Martin Kampmann was among one of the best pay-per-view knockouts this year.
Mark Hominick and Pablo Garza's fun scrap to open the card was also pretty key in UFC 154 finishing just above the middle of the pack.
There have been a couple of disappointing pay-per-view cards this year, such as UFC 147 and 149, as well as a cancelled card that was UFC 151.
All in all, I think UFC 154 was a very good pay-per-view and really earned its spot at No. 6.