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Okami gets rewarded for almost beating Rich Franklin

Poor Yushin Okami. If he’d managed to twist Rich Franklin’s arm 20 more degrees it could have been him fighting Anderson Silva for the belt at UFC77. Instead, he’s officially been stuck in a preliminary slot, which means his fight may not be shown on the PPV. To add insult to injury, Eric Scafer vs Stephan Bonnar and last second addition Kalib Starnes vs Alan Belcher will definately make it onto the televised portion of the event.

One would hope this is some kind of data entry mistake, but of course it’s not. After all, why would you ever want to show a fight which could be for #1 contender status at middleweight? That would just be too smart. Congrats for the UFC continuing to sabotage their middleweight division. It’s almost as bad as the heavyweight division was a year and a half ago.

  • Ted Dibiase

    you see the Rashad-Bisping announcement?

    if they dont get tito-wandy on that card, its going down as the worst PPV of all time

  • Teufel

    I can understand why they’re giving the TUF fighters the push; the average MMA fan only watches UFC on Spike TV, the majority of the fighters shown are TUF fighters. It’s easier to market fighters the average person is already aware of than guys the casual fan isn’t familiar with. I don’t like it, but oh well… on the bright side, UFC 78 is looking a lot like an Ultimate Fight Night card, and, lately, those have been the best and most exciting cards, so hopefully we’ll get lucky and the fights will be really exciting to make up for the lack of big name draws.

  • steve24

    Okami being on the undercard is a huge mistake especially with the MW division being so slim. If he wins and Franklin loses, he’s probably next in line for a title shot depending on how much longer Kampmann will be out.

  • DJ Hapa

    Okami belongs on the undercard. He is BORING. If they have time to televise his match and it is a good performance by Okami, then it will be aired. Otherwise, be careful what you wish for. Thia is the guy who ran and refused to engage Franklin for two whole rounds.

  • steve24

    DJ Hapa: It’s not like Franklin was stacking up points either through Rd 1 and 2.

  • DJ Hapa

    “To add insult to injury, Eric Scafer vs Stephan Bonnar and last second addition Kalib Starnes vs Alan Belcher will definately make it onto the televised portion of the event.”

    Schafer and Bonnar is going to be great. Red is recovered form his injury he had going into the Bisping fight and is now training full time. Bonnar is looking great. It will almost certainly be better than Okami v Mac.

  • marshal

    Agreed DJ Hapa
    I don’t care to ever see Okami fight again.

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