This past weekend Vancouver hosted its first UFC event and despite what the critics and the media (the ones that don’t get MMA) said, the city was still left standing after the sea of Ed Hardy wearing Valley residents left the downtown core. Furthermore, Mayor Robertson should be commended for the job he did to bring this event (despite the detractors in his party) and with a two year trial period, lets hope the UFC comes back and next time we see a title fight. Afterall, despite the perceived weak fight card it was still the fastest selling event in UFC history. Time for the Liberals to step up to the plate, perhaps?
Lets get down to the fights. Many in the city, myself included thought the card was going to produce a boring event. I seriously thought I would end up playing poker nordica instead of watching the fights. Boy was I wrong, especially the Rory MacDonald fight, that was a great fight. The Cro Cop fight was also better than I anticipated and the main event produced a stellar knockout as Chuck Liddell once again laid out on the mat, perhaps wondering if it really is all over. I think it’s fair to say the fights were better than the previous UFC event.
Now the question is, will Vancouver host another UFC event? Will insurance once again be an issue? Over the course of the next few months we’ll see how this all shakes down.
The only thing missing was Logan Stanton, oh wait she’s no longer with the UFC, nevermind.
DH Vancouver Staff
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