The Ultimate Fighting Championship's return to Chicago was initially met without much fanfare.
On paper, the card couldn't hold its own when held up next to the UFC's previous two Fox Chicago installments. The 2012 version featured Rashad Evans, Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping and a guy named Chris Weidman. Last year, it was Rampage Jackson, Anthony Pettis, Donald Cerrone and a flyweight championship fight.
There was no such championship fight this time around, and the rest of the card couldn't compare to previous installments in terms of star power. Prejudging an event before it ever takes place is generally not a wise idea, especially when the main event features two fighters who are naturally predisposed to having thrilling fights.
But sometimes, the stars align. Sometimes, we are treated to an event that exceeds all expectations. If we are honest with one another, this happens more often than not.