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Brian Stann out of UFC on FOX headline slot


There was a big commotion after the UFC’s big Cinqo De Mayo spectacular on FOX ended up faring not so bueno in the ratings department. Personally, I didn’t think of it as that big of a deal … if you’re gonna put on a Nate Diaz vs Jim Miller card you’re gonna get Nate Diaz vs Jim Miller ratings. His Holiness Dave Meltzer went so far as to call it an XFL level disaster, prompting a “He Hate Me” videoblog response from Dana White. “F*ck you, you downsized POS!” paraphrased Dana said. “You don’t know jack about ratings!”

And while it is true that there are many important intricacies to consider when it comes to evaluating ratings, there’s still one solid truth: high numbers are better than low numbers, and too many low numbers are bad news. So it was with some trepidation that fans watched as UFC on FOX 4 took shape with Brian Stann vs Hector Lombard at the top of the card.

While I’m no Brian Stann hater (any more) and Hector Lombard in the UFC gives me a boner, I also spend several hours a day seven days a week writing exclusively about man grappling. The average North American schlub does not, and I can guarantee they have no idea who Lombard is and aren’t fist-pumping with excitement over a Stann led card. Anyone who’s got something better to do than trim their toenails isn’t going to stay home that night on the UFC’s account.

Still, even if it’s drawing power was a little shaky on paper, it was one of those near guaranteed awesome fights. So it is with sadness that I report another victim of the gypsy curse: Brian Stann is OUT. Who can step in? WHO KNOWS!

The UFC’s last rabbit out of the middleweight main event replacement tophat was Rich Franklin, which gives you an idea of what they’ve got left roster wise. Paul Harris is free. You could pull Michael Bisping out of that totally whatever Boetsch fight at UFC 149. Or get really creative, turf the Lombard fight, and see if Shogun wants to headline the next UFC on FOX card.

There are options … some good, lots meh. Fortunately for the UFC, they’ve now got an even better excuse for low ratings than the Avengers premiere. And it really isn’t the end of the world if the UFC has another underwhelming ratings performance … FOX is in this for the long haul. And by long haul I mean they’ll put up with at least a few more terrible numbers before putting the screws to the UFC.

  • Reverend Clint

    chris leben or wandy


    They need to get on the phone with Condit and inform him that he’s defending his interim belt against Hendricks as the main event for the FOX card. No point in having that belt unless it’s going to be defended.

    Then move Lombard to the co-main event slot and have him fight Palhares. Or
    move Lombard vs. Palhares to a different card all together.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I can’t believe they were going to headline a FOX card with this – you sure it wasn’t FX or Fuel?

    At least Diaz was a name who guaranteed a good scrap.  Holy shit.

    Leben’s benched for painkillers till November, and they’re not gonna pull Silva from that card.  Shit.  Munoz is headlining an even shittier card, and Belcher is out.  Paul Harris is just finished with his TKO suspension and Okami’s free.

  • CAP

    The idea of Lombard/Wand sounds sick otherwise sacrifice Bisping

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    Lombard is being demoted out the main event slot. In that case they should move Shogun and have him fight Evans as the headliner.

  • kvelertak

    The summer of fail. I got a feeling Silva vs Sonnen 2 won’t happen for some reason.

  • glassjawsh

    we mustn’t dwell. no we mustn’t dwell. not today. not on bj penn returns from retirement day

  • iamphoenix

    BOB SAPP!!

  • Marian87

    that does sound like summer of fail.nice article by the way ‘no Brian Stann hater (any more)’ – good one!

  • agentsmith

    Lombard vs Belcher.

  • Reverend Clint

    id laugh if boetsch rapes him because of Jap hype.
    Just imagine these gif but with a brown guy instead of david heath

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I doubt Boetsch is dumb enough to clinch fight a juiced-up judo monster, but the fight will definitely be good.

  • G Funk

    ^ It’s called TRT replacement therapy Mr. Smarty pants…

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    You need to put your money where you mouth is, Mr. SassyPants;  go outside with “TRT” written on your forehead and see how long it takes for a hobo to eat your face off.

    I vote for four minutes.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    You need to put your money where your mouth is, Mr. SassyPants;  go outside with “TRT” written on your forehead and see how long it takes for a hobo to eat your face off.

    I vote for four minutes.

  • frickshun

    I was @ the Boetsch vs Heath fight. Great night of fights!!

  • G Funk

    DAMNIT! DJ wins…