UFC 162: Where Does it Rank Among 2013's PPV Cards?
The sight of a fallen champion, laid flat on his back by his own hubris, will linger long in MMA fan's memory, as will many of the other standout fights on the card. From Frankie Edgar’s dogged demolition of young upstart Charles Oliveira, to Cub Swanson’s all-out war against Dennis Siver, the card was undoubtedly packed and delivered a highly entertaining evening of MMA.
UFC president Dana White has already hinted that the event was trending towards 800,000 PPV buys, which, although below a typical card featuring Anderson Silva in the headline event, was likely above what the UFC was expecting.
However, that figure still pales in comparison to this year’s biggest card, Georges St-Pierre’s title defence against Nick Diaz, which drew in just under a million PPV buys back in March.
Still, cards shouldn’t be judged on ticket sales and PPV buys alone but on the quality of the fights on offer.
Looking down the list of UFC PPVs this year, there have indeed been some hits and misses. The first PPV card of the year, UFC 156, delivered a thrilling headline contest between Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo and, of course, the shock knockout of Alistair Overeem at the hands of Antonio Silva on the undercard. Those two fights were well worth the price of entry alone, and they needed to be, since the rest of the card was so lackluster.
For instance, UFC 156 also gave us the snooze-fest between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Rashad Evans and the sight of Demian Maia “out-Fitching” Jon Fitch.
Nevertheless, UFC 156 treated us to a supposed superfight between former lightweight champion Edgar and featherweight kingpin Aldo, and UFC 157, the UFC’s next PPV card, was also a historic night, marking the first ever women’s fight in UFC history.
But that card too, aside from the thrilling main event between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche, contained its share of bores. That included Lyoto Machida’s lackluster split-decision win over Dan Henderson.
UFC 162 certainly delivered more action than both those cards and certainly more than the forgettable UFC 161 card (who's idea was it to headline an event with Henderson and Evans?) but was less thrilling than both UFC 158 and UFC 160.
UFC 158 was packed with key welterweight bouts which shook up the division. Johny Hendricks beat Carlos Condit, for example, putting him directly in line for a title shot against GSP, who defeated Diaz on the main event. And Jake Ellenberger spectacularly knocked out Nate Marquardt to reassert his presence in the division.
At UFC 160, we were treated with a heart-stopping main card featuring some of the most feared men in the whole of MMA. Cain Velasquez once again demolished Antonio Silva to retain his heavyweight crown, while Junior Dos Santos, after out-striking people’s champ Mark Hunt for three rounds, threw a highlight-reel spinning heel kick which is already a contender for knockout of the year.
Add the Jon-Jones-vs.-Chael-Sonnen-headlined UFC 159 to the mix (which contained solid contests between Michael Bispinig and Alan Belcher, as well as another classic Roy Nelson knockout of human-punching-bag Cheick Kongo), and 2013 has shaped up to be a strong year for UFC PPVs.
Among those, UFC 162 has held its own with fantastic back-and-forth action and the emotional “passing of the torch” moment of the main event.
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