The UFC has just announced that Matt Serra will be hosting a ‘VIP Viewing Party’ for UFC 79 at Madison Square Garden. Basically that means you’re paying 30 bucks to cramp your neck looking up at the shitty jumbotron all night. This is a pretty old tradition during the hockey playoffs when your team is playing out of town, but a first for the UFC.
Everyone is asking “Is this a smart idea? Will this be popular?” I think most people are missing the point. While I’m sure the UFC would love it if this is successful, the real reason behind this has more to do with press in New York and is part of the UFC’s continued efforts to have MMA legalized.
All things said and done, if I wanted to go to an arena and watch the UFC on screens, I’d just go to a real event. If they set up an octagon on the floor at Madison Square Garden and then had 500 retards stand up in front of it to block everyone’s view, it would be just like the real thing!