How does UFC Mexico City compare to other weird MMA cards?

UFC Mexico City
Sep 21, 2019; Mexico City, MEX; An official checks the eyes of Jeremy Stephens (blue gloves) during the fight against Yair Rodriguez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Mexico City Arena. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

UFC Mexico City would certainly qualify as a weird MMA card. How did it compare to other weird MMA cards?

How does UFC Mexico City compare to other weird MMA cards?

Frank Hyden MMATorch Columnist

I was extremely disappointed and frustrated with the way the main event ended. It was such garbage that is has to spur the UFC into action. Guys fighting with their fingers sticking straight out or opening their hands in an exchange is MMA’s version of flopping. It’s disgusting and makes you less than. It’s smart to try to manipulate the rules, but it’s hard to respect somebody who’s willing to go to such lengths to try to gain an advantage. The more I see of it, the more disgusted I am by it. The NBA has tried to get rid of flopping with fines and soccer tries to hand out yellow cards. It’s not going to get rid of it completely but at least it’s addressing the situation somewhat. And in those cases you’re faking an injury, fighting with your fingers sticking out is purposefully trying to cause injury.

I generally try to forget bad cards as quickly as I can, it takes a lot for me to remember bad or weird cards. This won’t rank up there as I don’t think it’s as odd, but it’s up there.

Michael Hiscoe MMATorch Columnist

But really, it was a strange ending to what was amounting to a completely forgettable show up until the trash started flying. I think back to UFC 61, which had what many thought was an early stoppage between Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock followed by an all time snoozer between Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski. Dana White made up for the Ortiz-Shamrock finish by booking the rematch on free TV. I’m not sure how he can make this up to fans in Mexico City, but they may have blown that chance with their reaction.

Sean Covington MMATorch Contributor

Bellator 216 immediately comes to mind. Nelson vs Cro cop was bad, Kongo was a complete snoozefest, because Kongo refused to let his hands go, Paul Daley and MVP did absolutely nothing the entire fight; I mean it doesn’t get any worse than that. Talk about fights not going the way you want them to go. Before that we had the crazy similar finish to the Matt Mitrione vs Sergei Kharitonov fight with the worst shot to the groin in MMA history at Bellator 215;  Bellator disappointed fans on back to back cards on back to back nights! UFC Mexico fans certainly didn’t get the worst card of all time, but I understand their mood.

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