Ten Burning Questions Heading Into UFC 120
Look up the word terrible in a thesaurus and I guarantee you that almost all of the synonyms listed for that word were uttered either in Conseco Fieldhouse or by PPV viewers of UFC 119.
To call the headline bout between Mir and Cro Cop boring would be a huge understatement.
The entire night can be summed up by the fact that a preliminary fight that was presented on basic cable was the fight of the night(Mitrione vs. Beltran).
It's best if everyone just forget UFC 119 and move on to UFC 120.
With that in mind, I present 10 questions that need to be answered by UFC 120.
Will UFC 120 Break Attendance Records?
UFC 120 will be held in the 02 arena in London England. UFC 75 was held in the same arena and had held the European UFC attendance record until it was surpassed by UFC 105 at the Manchester Evening News Arena. The difference in attendance between the two events was only 458. Will UFC 120 be able to break the record attendance of 16,693?
The headlining bout at the record setting event was Randy Couture vs Brandon Vera.
Did The UFC 120 Fighters Learn Anything From UFC 119
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One thing that the competitors at UFC 120 should have taken away from watching UFC 119 was that they never want to leave it in the hands of the judges. A clear example of that was the Sherk vs Dunham. The fight was close, but the majority of the UFC fans probably would have given the fight to Dunham. The judges awarded the split decision to Sherk and the result brought a litany of boos from the crowd.
Fighters that are on the bubble of making a jump up in the UFC would do well to remember this fight and remember that they never want to leave the decision to the judges.
Did Dana White Learn Anything From UFC 119?
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UFC President knows that his organization has the best fighters in MMA. He also knows that he can count on a certain number of hardcore fans to purchase live tickets as well as pay per view packages for any event the UFC presents. However, he should have taken something away from UFC 119, which did not feature a fight that would appeal to the casual fan looking to spend their entertainment dollar. The lesson he should have taken away is that you need to grow your business by presenting cards that make the average fan sit up and take notice. The average fan has no interest in Frank Mir vs a clearly washed up Cro Cop as a headlining fight.
UFC 120 may be in the same category as UFC 119 and if the casual fan tunes in to Spike and sees a lackluster headlining fight like the Mir vs Cro Cop fight he better be ready to present something truly special for his future events or the UFC fan base may begin to stagnate or shrink.
Will Travis Browne Remain Undefeated Or Will Cheick Kongo Teach Him a Lesson
Travis Browne is receiving some hype in the heavyweight division as he in unbeaten in his 10 fighte career. Eight of his victories have come via knockout with another one via submission. The problem is that he has mostly been untested. That will chance at UFC 120 as he takes on the highly decorated veteran Cheick Kongo.
This fight could go a long way toward proving if Browne is the real deal or just another overhyped heavyweight.
Will John Hathaway Continue To Advance In The Welterweight Division
At UFC 114 "The Htman" scored an upset victory when he took a unanimous decision over Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez. At UFC 120 he will take on Mike Pyle who is coming in as a replacement for the injured Dong Hyun Kim. Hathaway is hanging around just outside the top ten of the welterweight division. Another solid showing from the Englishman could land him in the top ten.
Who Steps Up Who Falls Back: Hardy Vs Condit
This will be an interesting fight.
Hardy last set foot inside the octagon at UFC 111 when he faced Georges St. Pierre for the Welterweight title. Hardy lost the five round battle by unanimous decision and is now faced with the task of working his way back up to title fight contention.
Condit, a former WEC champion, will be looking for a victory that will propel him into the top ten fighters in the welterweight division.
This should be an exciting battle with both fighters looking to score a decisive victory and move up in the rankings.
Has Yoshihiro Akiyama Worked On His Conditioning Since UFC 116
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Chris Leben replaced an injured Wanderlei Silva on two weeks notice at UFC 116, agreeing to fight Yoshihiro Akiyama. Leben scored the victory in the third round via a triangle choke submission. Akiyama was clearly gassed after the first round if he has not worked on his cardio since that July 3rd fight he could find himself in the same spot against Bisping.
Michael Bisping World Champion?
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In an interview with Fighters Only Bisping stated, "I truly believe that this time next year I'll be world champion." Is this idle bragging or does Bisping truly believe that he can jump beat fighters ranked ahead of him in the middleweight division? Bisping will need a decisive victory at UFC 120 and at least one or two more clear wins before he can even think of getting a UFC title bout.
Is UFC In Danger Of Becoming The WWE?
This is not a question about the type of event that UFC presents, but rather the frequency of the events that they present. A few years ago the WWE was presenting multiple pay per views per month and that saturated the market, resulting in few fans paying for the PPV broadcasts. If the UFC continues to present one event per month or even one every two months do they run they risk of flooding the market and cutting their own throats? With the ongoing global economic issues this is a question UFC should really look into.
Will Michael Bisping Deliver a Performance That Wll Make Everyone Forget This?
Bisping is not a bad fighter, but let's face it, when you mention his name these days this is the image that almost everyone will conjure up. Bisping needs to deliver a performance for the ages to remove this from the memory banks of almost every fan of MMA.