It was supposed to be this big return to a city that has repeatedly embraced the UFC, but things have just deteriorated from bad to worse and people are complaining in print about it, saying the fans in Toronto are turned off because this isn’t the big-time card they expected.
First, this was supposedly going to be the comeback for Georges St.-Pierre. Then, when that didn’t work out, they were going to headline a light heavyweight title fight. It was going to be Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson 2, but that got scrubbed because Cormier was injured.
So the headliner became Max Holloway versus Anthony Pettis for the interim featherweight title, which I find funny because Holloway was also the headliner versus Charles Oliveira when UFC Fight Night 74 was in Saskatoon. At that time, people in Saskatoon were going “who cares?!” So, anyway, this is what Toronto is in store for tomorrow.
Well, guess what, the woes for this card continue. Pettis missed his weight today, which means the fight will proceed, but it’s only Holloway who has a shot at winning the title. To make matters worse, this UFC event at Air Canada Centre is up against the MLS Cup final happening the same night between Toronto FC and Seattle, down at BMO Field!
I wouldn’t blame the UFC if all they want to do now is just show up and get these fights over with, and slink out of town. It’s been that kind of event.