By Josh Reese
Americans should be punished, last night the Mark Munoz vs Chris Weidman card was held in the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The Pavilion is home to the San Jose Sharks and can hold on a sell out night 17,562 fans. Last night the UFC packed in a whopping 4,250, and at times watching on TV it felt like a ghost town. American fans just don’t show for small cards, 6,668 watched live the Korean Zombie vs. Poirier at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. 6,635 came out in support of an FX card to watch Johnson vs. McCall live in Sunrise, Florida at the BankAtlantic Center.
In contrast when the UFC went oversees for what some might call crappy cards (some people) not only did the fans show, some of the cards broke records for the speed in which they sold out. 14,537 people showed up live to watch the main event of Alves vs. Kampmann in Sydney, Australia in the Allphones Arena, a month later the UFC went to Stockholm, Sweden and sold out the Ericsson Globe Arena and had 15,428 strong for Gustafsson vs. Silva. Even for the worst card in UFC history, it was so bad the UFC for the 1st time ever offered refunds to people who bought tickets to the show, still a foreign crowd showed out and made it a packed house and night. 16,643 people showed up to watch Franklin vs. Silva in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Needless to say us Americans don’t show unless its main stream big name guys, the rest of the world will pack the house to see a live UFC event but we just don’t care anymore. Brazil, Canada, Australia, Japan are much more deserving of live shows then half the places the UFC go to in the States. Dana was quoted last night “there are more to come” he said while talking about coming back to northern California. If the UFC wanted to make us hungry about the live UFC events they need to deprive us of live events…. Fat people always eat, but a starving fat person will eat more then a full fat person.