Continuing their trend of putting together underwhelming fights for their Return to Japan show*, the UFC has announced Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs Ryan Bader. Quinton on the card was a no-brainer since PRIDE spent a lot of it’s glory days promoting him as crazy homeless man to adoring Japanese fans. Ryan Bader … well, let’s just say there will be no sections of fans chanting ‘Baderu!’ from the stands.
I try not to get all wah wah about fight bookings that don’t stroke my fight boner. But a lot of us dumb fools secretly hoped that the UFC would go Full Japan and set up some stuff that would magically transport us back to those giddy Yokohama days of 2003. But this is so UFC goes to Portland. Yushin Okami vs Tim Boetsch and Hatsu Hioki vs Bart Palaszewski. Now Rampage vs Bader. It’s all so … responsible and by the books. Doesn’t the UFC know it has Kinnikuman vs Bob Sapp to compete with?
*Edgar / Henderson being an awesome fight that still makes no sense for Japan