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Dana White is no stranger to hyperbole. That's fine. It's his job, as promoter of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, to hype up his product.
Fighting is in our DNA. This thing is going to be the biggest sport in the world.
You get the picture.
And look, I'm not here to tell you that UFC 166 was not awesome. Because it most certainly was awesome. I long ago lost the precise count of how many events I've covered as part of the media, and my memory is not what it used to be. While I'm not ready to be committed to the old folks home by my loved ones just yet, there's no doubt that many of the fights I've covered are all congealed in my mind.
What I'm saying is that it's hard to remember the best of the best. Some of them stick out, like UFC 116 or Shogun vs. Henderson. But the point is that even with the benefit of a year or more of hindsight, I can't tell you what the greatest event in UFC history is, because it's all so very subjective.
I know what moves me. I know what sticks in my fading memory. They are the moments that have already endured the test of time.
We can't possibly know if UFC 166 was the greatest fight card of all time. We certainly can't make that kind of judgement, as White did in the heated glow of the moment. Saturday night was alright for fighting, to be sure. Anyone who was at the Toyota Center can tell you it was a special night. In the heat of the moment, I was ready to declare UFC 166 the greatest thing to happen to humankind since our astronauts walked on the moon.
So I can understand why White, especially with his snug promoter hat on, would proclaim it the greatest night of his professional life. Only the most cynical among us don't get caught up in things like this. If that means a hint of fanboy still courses through my veins, that's a fine price to pay.
But we also must remember this: if we constantly refer to the greatest things we've ever seen, then the shine on those things becomes more and more dull. It means less. All I'm saying is that a little breathing room might do us all some good.