Just when you think the UFC President may have learned a few lessons from the debacle that was UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, he is back to his old ways in less then a few weeks.
In his recently released video blog for the upcoming WEC PPV headlined by the Featherweight Title fight between Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber, Dana White guarantees that this will be a fight of the year candidate.
Now Dana, much like you I feel this will be a great fight, and could very well be the Fight of the Year. However, having suffered the backlash from the performance of Anderson Silva at UFC 112, would it not be wise to guard against such bold predictions?
The UFC president is only setting himself up to once again be critiqued should Aldo and Faber not deliver in their main event fight. Calling Faber vs. Aldo the best fight in Featherweight Division history when it hasn't even happened yet is bold to say the least.
What about classics such as Brown vs. Faber, or Aldo vs. Brown? These fights are in the history books and are regarded as great fights because we all know they were.
There is no denying the significance of this fight, it is indeed huge for the WEC, Zuffa, and the Featherweight division. The WEC's first foray onto PPV needs to be a success, and with Zuffa's backing and the stacked card I think it will be.
The pre-fight build up montage videos featured in Dana's video blog clearly have had the UFC polish rubbed on them. With Dana himself and Joe Rogan adding there weighty opinions, there is a growing sense of magnitude to this event.
The main event should be a great fight. Without wishing to buy into Dana's hype too much, Jose Aldo has not been in a boring fight since joining the WEC and Faber always brings entertainment to the cage. That should mean an amazing main event title fight.
Also on the card is a fighter I am a big fan of: Benson Henderson will defend his WEC Lightweight title in a rematch with Donald Cerrone. The last time these two entered the cage together it most definitely was a fight of the year candidate, so I am expecting this fight to steal the show on April 24.
Top contenders and a likely No. 1 contender fight in the Featherweight division, as Mike Brown will face of against Manny Gamburyan in another great fight that will be featured on the PPV.
The rest of the card is rounded out by lesser known names but WEC stars such as Anthony Njokuani, Scott Jorgensen, Leonard Garcia, and Anthony Morrison.
As a big fan of WEC, I urge people to watch this event, as MMA fans who were disappointed by UFC 112 will hopefully have faith renewed by the fighters on display this Saturday night.
Not that I am believing the hype, but Dana White may be right: Aldo vs. Faber could very well be a fight of the year candidate. So I for one will be tuning in, and I recommend that fellow MMA fans do the same.
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