The UFC bit the bullet and lost millions but it was the only choice they had: they’ve cancelled the UFC 196 PPV and it will instead be a free show on Fox Sports 1. This is all because Werdum has a hurt toe. Really.
So, now it’ll be Johny Hendricks vs WONDERBOY!!!!!!!!!!! in the main-event. It’s a serviceable FS1 show, on par with the Big Fox show that’s this Saturday. As a PPV, it would’ve been beyond horrible. I mean, top to bottom, it looked fine but it wasn’t “I will pay money for this” fine. But, we all still have a reason to drink and pass out two days in a row though, as at least the show wasn’t canceled.
In related news, Werdum probably isn’t allowed near Dana White anytime soon. The full card for UFC 196 is… (really):
- Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson
- Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt
- Rafael Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux
- Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky
- Josh Burkman vs. K.J. Noons
- Damian Grabowski vs. Derrick Lewis
- Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer
- Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson
- Mickey Gall vs. Mike Jackson
- Artem Lobov vs. Alex White
- Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins
- Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas