Zoom7000, on 10 October 2012 - 08:37, said:
This main event is just a total joke! Anderson Silva is an even bigger joke for agreeing to what everyone knows will be a complete walkover! I've never rooted for Stephan Bonnar, but oh how bad I want to see a shock - Even though there is practically a 0.001% chance of it happening!
If Silva hadn't stepped up, the card would've been cancelled and it deal a very hard blow to the UFC (2 cards in as many months getting pulled). Every fight on the Main Card with draw power just fell apart. I know it's a PPV in Brazil so PPV numbers in the US will be ridiculously low but the Brazilian market is very important to the UFC's expansion plans.
First, the main event of Koch vs Aldo went down the drain (AGAIN) when Koch got injured. Frankie Edgar stepped in to replace him but then Aldo got injured as well. Quinton Jackson was supposed to fight Glover Teixeira but then dropped out due to "injury" (don't buy it, it's his last UFC fight and he wants to make bank, not get clobbered on a Brazil PPV card). Belfort was due to fight Alan Belcher, probably for #1 contender or close, but got pulled to fight at UFC 152, leaving Belcher without a dance partner. Seeing how it's a BR card, it absolutely NEEDS a BR main event or people won't even bother. So Silva stepped up, like he was ready to at UFC 151, to save the card. And Bonnar was the only one dumb enough and the right combination of available enough & irrelevant enough for him to fight. Without Silva to support it, much like Bones at UFC 151, the whole thing would fall apart and nobody would get paid. Also, Fitch vs Silva is a very interesting fight that I'm dying to see.