UFC 129 - Is the card shite...?
A lot of my friends, colleagues, and people in general are talking, and thus far, I'm surprised not only by the lack of excitement for this card, but by the blatant disapproval overall, more so with the main events in particular. It seems many aren't all that keen on GSP vs. Shields, whereas I'm truly excited. I think too many people are putting far too much stock into Jake's previous fight, forgetting about what this man is truly capable of. He certainly poses interesting challenges, especially if the fight goes to the ground. I suspect GSP will be able to keep it standing and batter Jake all night long with jabs, but what Jake COULD accomplish in this fight intrigues me.
People also seem to be down on the idea of Randy fighting Machida. He's going to hold him against the fence this, and he's going to hug and pray that. Are people still not willing to let his fight with Vera go? I'm thrilled by the fact that not only do I finally get to see Randy Couture, but I also might get to see his final fight. This is potential history in the making.
And then we have talented athletes like Ben Henderson, Jon Brookins, Phil Davis, Rory MacDonald, and Mark Bocek performing, some in bouts with serious implications. Am I wrong to be happy with this card? I think some Torontonians figured they'd be getting three title matches and a whole host of big name fighters. I won't argue that MMA coming to Toronto is huge, but Toronto is a city which has always been a tad too high on itself, which may make sense of this reaction I'm seeing. The 'Oh, we deserve the best' mentality can get out of control.
Thoughts? Exciting card? Weak card, given the circumstances? So-so main events? I'm not sure about other Torontonians (me being a native of Toronto, now residing in Ottawa), but I'm looking forward to attending this bad-boy.