Out of the 10 fights that combine to make up the main cards of both UFC 154 and UFC 155, the one I am looking forward to the most is GSP vs Carlos Condit. I am extremely excited, as are many, to see GSP make his return to the Octagon. And his fight with Carlos is very intriguing. But I don't need to sell this fight to you. What this post is about is how thin the main card to UFC 154 is in comparison to UFC 155. I know you can't always judge a fight card until you see it take place, but UFC 155 is absolutely stacked while UFC 154 is a bit top heavy.
This card is not as bad as the one that ultimately lead to the cancellation of UFC 151. In fact, GSP vs Condit is a fight worth buying by itself. But it would have been nice to see at least another "looks good on paper" fight to back up the main and co-main.
In the main event of this PPV, as we all know, GSP will face Carlos Condit. And in the co, Martin Kampmann will face Johnny Hendricks in what could possibly determine who will face the winner of GSP/Condit, unless we finally get the Silva fight. These serve as quality fights as main and co main. But after that? Not pretty.
Before we are treated to watching four of the best Welterweights in the UFC, we are being served, on the main card, Tom Lawlor vs Francis Carmont, Costa Phillipou vs Nick Ring, and Pablo Garza vs Mark Hominick. Yes, you read that correctly.
The main card kicks off with Mark Hominick vs Pablo Garcia. Sure, it wasn't even two years ago that Mark was facing Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship. And to his credit, he lasted all five rounds. Since that fateful day at UFC 129? Two more losses, one of them a 7 second knockout. So Mark, despite losing three straight fights, will open us up at UFC 154 against Pablo Garcia. Garcia, like Mark, is riding a losing streak. He's lost his last two fights and is basically another TUF castoff. Do I really need to question that the UFC is playing the Canadian Card in Mark?
Following will be Nick Ring (another Canadian) vs Costa Phillippou. Now, on paper, Nick Ring has won 3 of 4 fights since joining the UFC. But in reality he has been gifted two decisions against both Court McGee and Riki Fukada, meaning he should be 1-3 in the UFC. Either way, he's here, on the main card. Phillippou, who has a great last name by the way, actually does deserve to be on this main card. Despite losing his fight to get into the house for the TUF 11 season, he was given a 2nd chance and has won his last four fights for the UFC, including a win over the previously mentioned Riki Fukada. In case anyone is counting, I've now mentioned Riki Fukada twice. Three times now, if you include this. And that my friends, has to be a Mania Record.
Then, when the dust settles, we will be be treated to Tom Lawlor vs Francis Carmont. Tom Lawlor, clever as he is with his disguises, is just 2-3 in his last fight fights. His opponent Francis Carmont, has been victorious in all three of his UFC fights. So, to recap:
Georges St. Pierre vs Carlos Condit - UFC Welterweight Championship
Martin Kampmann vs Johnny Hendricks
Tom Lawlor vs Francis Carmont
Nick Ring vs Costa Phillippou
Mark Hominick vs Pablo Garcia.
Not awful by any means, but surely the UFC could have been kind enough to lend UFC 154 just one of the fights from UFC 155, even if it was Chris Leben vs Karlos Vemola. Which is currently part of the 155 prelims.
Speaking of UFC 155, the card is stacked. Deep. Awesome. Incredible. Must-see. If Jesus put a UFC card together, it might look something like UFC 155, who knows. Here is how the UFC 155 card compares with what we will see in exactly one week.
I'm not going to scream "AWFUL" when it comes to the UFC 154 main card, but I do feel that Joe Silva got a little bit lazy after booking the main and co-main. Either way, I will be ordering both, as each features a tasty looking main event.