The UFC suffers injuries to fighters, will still offer quality cards

May 17, 2011 6:03 AM

When the UFC suffers injuries to fighters, they always seem to come in bunches.

This time around, two consecutive UFC pay per view main events have been scratched due to injury. First it started with Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard both getting hurt and unable to fight on Memorial Day weekend.

That was followed with the news a few days later that PPV machine Brock Lesnar would be unable to fight in June on UFC 131.

This is a sport that accepts the fact injuries will alter cards, but two main events in a row has the UFC wondering if they will fail for the first time in four years to beat their own PPV records for a year.

Lesnar is the current PPV king and his loss hurts the most, especially since that card was built around his name. A Shane Carwin/Junior dos Santos main event is a great fight, two top five heavweights, but will not sell more than 400k buys on PPV. Rampage/Hamill is relying solely on the selling power of Quinton Jackson as Matt Hamill is overmatched in what now has become the main event.

To me the UFC can overcome their records from last year with a strong last quarter. Assuming Lesnar will return before 2012, and Georges St. Pierre fights again before the year is out they will have their two current biggest draws to close out the year.

This leaves hope for the PPV market for the rest of the year. What it doesn’t do is answer the question the fans are asking… Can I get my money back for my tickets?

In a combat sport like this, changes will happen a lot. The UFC will still offer quality cards and excellent fights. A lot of the best fights happen on fights with lesser known fighters trying to get the fight of the night bonuses because they don’t make as much.

The UFC as a product will succeed and again have an excellent year. As for the fans attending UFC 130 and 131, you will find on the back of your ticket "card subject to change."