I think the recent message has been loud and clear: mixed martial arts (MMA) fans aren't happy.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was forced to cancel its most recent pay-per-view (PPV) fight card, when injuries and failed matchmaking sunk the S.S. 151. Not long after that, the UFC 153 extravaganza in Rio imploded in the wake of injuries to Quinton Jackson and Jose Aldo.
Enough is enough.
The show must go on, which is why the UFC 151 headliner, Jon Jones, will main event UFC 152 opposite Vitor Belfort. On the other side of the border, reigning middleweight titleholder, Anderson Silva, will swoop in to toy with Stephan Bonnar to keep the Brazilian fans appeased.
It will have to do.
The recent rash of injuries has not been confined to the latter part of 2012. In fact, it's been a problem that's plagued the UFC for several years, leading to what many pundits consider a new-found lack of confidence that a fight card promised will be a fight card delivered.
It's been a rough few weeks. For your patience and understanding, the UFC says "thank you."