UFC Sunday Note: Will a Lackluster Spring Lead to a Vibrant Summer?

Nick ColonSenior Analyst IMarch 29, 2009

CHICAGO- OCTOBER 25:  People attend the UFC 90 at UFC's Ultimate Fight Night at Allstate Arena on October 25, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Lately, the UFC has had no activity and it has left fans saying, "I want my MMA!"

The UFC has Ultimate Fight Night 18 and UFC 97 both in April, before waiting another month to put on UFC 98, which would almost officially start the summer months.

Both UFN 18 and UFC 97 appear—just by name value—to have not much appeal to their fights, aside from a few bouts here and there. Overall, by my count, out of a total of 22 bouts, a mere nine bouts appear to have quality stature with name value and fighter recognition.

Does this mean that the other 13 fights will be horrible? Absolutely not. As a matter of fact, the UFC sometimes has its best fights out of the no-names. But that's not what I'm getting at.

The placement of the two Pay-Per-Views in relevance to its former and future Pay-Per-View have got me a little puzzled. The last UFC outing was March 7th. That showing from the UFC was mediocre, and I say that because it was mixed with great knockouts, and horrible stoppages. To follow it up with a card like UFN 18 isn't what UFC fans likely would like to see.

Then after that, the main card of UFC 97 is lackluster, aside from a few bouts. Shogun Rua's last appearance made people want to vomit. And coming into the bout against Chuck Liddell, who appears to be on the downswing of his prominent career, that is not an exciting fight. The main reason people would buy the PPV would simply be for Anderson Silva.

So, to wrap up this UFC note, I end with a question: Does the UFC's inactivity and choice of fights during the next month have you waiting till May and beyond for fights that you, the fan, want to see?