Personally, I thought UFC 105 was pretty dope. Sure, the main event featured way too much cageplay aka the vertical humpty hump aka fence fucking, but there were enough scary moments where Brandon Vera looked like he was about to finish Randy off that I got my fix of adrenaline moments.
But I admit it’s hard to say the main event was all that great when you compare it to what was going on with boxing on the same night: Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto. Yes, you heard me right … boxing had a better main event than MMA this weekend. And it wasn’t just better. It was epic. Just ask these four people from the Philippines. Oh wait, you can’t. Because they’re fucking dead. From beams of pure awesomeness that flowed out of Pacman on Saturday night and killed them:
Four fight fans in the cities of Butuan, Batangas, Talisay and Cebu also died at the height of the Pacquiao-Cotto match.
Atillano Caneda, 67, suffered a heart attack while watching a pay-per-view of the fight in his home in Barangay Lagtang, Talisay City. Relatives said Caneda was a long-time fan of the Pacman.
In nearby Cebu City, 53-year-old Rolando Sala also suffered a heart attack while watching the fight at a local restaurant.
Romeo Seno, Sala’s companion, said an excited Sala clutched his chest and fell to the floor during the seventh round of the match. The victim was brought to Perpetual Succour Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
The scene was also repeated in Butuan City and Batangas City on Sunday.
Seventy-year-old Concordio Paredes and his son, Jonathan, were watching a pay-per-view of the fight at the Yetan eatery along J.C. Aquino Avenue, Butuan City when the septuagenarian suddenly fell from his chair and became unconscious during the second round of the bout.
Police said Paredes was immediately brought to the MJ Santos Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.
In Batangas City, a 62-year-old businessman also suffered cardiac arrest after getting excited during the second round of the “Firepower” bout.
Cecilio Cabrera, a resident of Beredo Subdivision in Barangay Alangilan in Batangas City, and owner of Pick and Save Supermarket, suffered cardiac arrest while watching the fight at the Pontefino Hotel in Barangay Gulod Labac.
Police said Cabrera was rushed to Jesus of Nazareth Hospital but died later after being revived at the emergency room.
“He got excited during the 2nd round of the fight, when Pacquiao nearly knocked out Cotto,” Dess Aclan, a friend of Cabrera told ABS-CBN News.
And meanwhile in MMA, Randy was the only elderly person who’s health we were concerned about during that main event. But hey, I still noticed that every mainstream article on the boxing match followed their Pacquiao gushing with a more sober reminder that boxing is still being run into the ground, there’s only a few big names left, and getting them to fight eachother is like pulling teeth. Perfect example of this? The problems surrounding a potential Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight.