The majority of the MMA community has been in a state of shock, disappointment, and confusion after UFC President Dana White shared information concerning UFC 151 and how it was going to be cancelled. While there are many articles out there about the disappointment of the news, the disappointment they have for UFC Champion Jon Jones (Whom is getting the majority of the blame for this result), and sharing the disappointment with the other fighters on the card who will not be fighting, I believe that there is some good to come from this.
First of all, UFC 151 was going to be a card that I would call a “main event card”. The only real spectacle was the main event; Dan Henderson vs. Jon Jones, and a fairly solid co-main event; Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron. However, the rest of the card has gotten criticism about it’s lack of star power as the biggest name was probably Dennis Siver or Thiago Tavares.
With the cancellation of the card, it allows the rest of these match ups to be sprinkled in into other cards thus strengthening them. Take the next UFC on FX card for example. Headlined by Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva, the rest of the card was not looking promising. Due to the cancellation of UFC 151, it allowed this card to gain 4 more fights than it currently had (Including Ellenberger/Hieron). However, it’s not only strengthened by these added fights, but it is now a complete card where as earlier, before the cancellation, it was missing a few spots which were most likely going to filled by lack-luster match ups. And as a bonus, this card now has 13 fights where as other cards are lucky enough to have 12.
UFC on FX isn’t the only card being treated with extra content however. UFC on Fuel TV, headlined by Cung Le and Rich Franklin, has also gained two more bouts; Takeya Mizugaki vs. Jeff Hougland, and John Lineker vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani. With this card taking place in Macau, China, expect to see lot’s of Asian fighters on the card. Because UFC 151 contained two match ups where one of the fighters was of Asian ethnicity, it worked out in the UFC’s favor to be able to put them on the FX card. If they wouldn’t have been put on this card, than the UFC would probably have to bring in promotional debutees to fill the gaps as the UFC does not have a plethora of Asian fighters. Mizugaki and Urushitani both have UFC experience, and are both fairly well known in the MMA community.
To top things off, we the fans have been rewarded with possibly the best looking UFC card this year; UFC 152. Having three possible headlining fights on one card doesn’t come often, but this card looks as promising as any I’ve seen before. With the new addition of Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort, UFC 152 is jam-packed card full of 24 fighters, all with UFC experience. While the main card looks impressive, the under card looks just as solid as it’s highlighted with match ups containing M-1 Global Light-Heavyweight Champion and 2nd-Degree BJJ Black Belt, Vinny Magalhaes. Ontop of that, we’re in for a treat as the undefeated UFC Featherweight stand out Jimy Hettes looks to go 3-0 in the promotion.
As striking of news as it was, the cancellation of UFC 151 could very well turn out to be a blessing in disguise. We are finding some good to come of it, and it’s setting us up for some great nights of fights. Give your opinion on the matter in the comment section below, thanks for reading.