Hopefully this will go better than when I correctly predicted that the Faber/Aldo WEC car would be the most exciting PPV ever, and then got banned from BE because of it. Anyway here we go:
UFC 119 is being universally panned nearly everywhere from legit media to fans to blogging trolls (cough cough Luke Thomas cough cough), but I just dont see it. Sure this card doesn't have that huge headlining title fight but otherwise the card is stacked with exciting fights that are also very relevant. I actually can't remember a recent UFC card with so many relevant fights. Lets Take a look:
Melvin/Stephens- Great fight between 2 young gun slingers with loads of potential. Sure both have clear weaknesses but at the same time they are very young and have a lot of time to improve. The winner of this fight is still probably a few quality wins away from being considered in the title picture but as far as excitement goes this has fireworks written all over it. Two fast young LW strikers with KO power going at it sounds like a great way to start a PPV.
Serra/Lytle- Another fight that has a great chance of being a barn burner. The winner of this fight instantly jumps into the title picture for one final run at the belt. A win for Serra would surely move him past the novelty fights he has been taking and into fighting some serious contenders at 170. On the other hand a win for Lytle would give him a 4 fight win streak all in exciting fashion, surely leading the UFC to set him up with a top WW with a favorable stylistic match-up.
Dunham/Sherk- Former champ against young up and comer. The winner of this fight will most likely be 1 fight away from a title shot. Sure to be a fast paced exciting fight.
Nog/Bader- Another fight where the winner will be a fight away from a title shot. The winner of this will be getting the pleasure of fighting Jon Jones for #1 contendership.
Mir/Cro Cop- Ok I will give you that this isnt really PPV headlining worthy but what most forget is that before Mir's last loss he was on his way to becoming a legit promotional superstar. This fight is a perfect stylistic matchup for excitement. While Mir is still not close to another title shot, I feel that with a win Cro Cop will be fast tracked for 1 last run. This is a fight I always wondered about back in the Pride/UFC days and I am happy I am finally getting to see it.
So in this main card alone you have 2 fights where the winners will get a #1 contender fight, 1 Welterweight gearing up for one last run to the top, a young exciting LW striker will emerge as a future contender, and a Pride/UFC battle that may be able to invoke a fair amount of nostalgia. Not to mention that the undercard may supply us with some exciting finishes, in my mind while not top heavy this card is a must buy and will pack more excitement than most other UFCs.