By Adam Martin
After a slew of injuries and last-minute changes, the fight card for the upcoming UFC 163 event is set.
The next pay-per-view on the UFC’s schedule, UFC 163 takes place Aug. 3 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the main event of the evening, UFC featherweight champion puts his strap on the line against Chan Sung Jung. Then, in the co-main event of the evening, light heavyweight stud Lyoto Machida takes on Phil Davis.
The next three bouts on the main card include two middleweight matches and one flyweight bout. In the first middleweight fight, TUF Brazil winner Cezar Mutante takes on late replacement Thiago Santos, who recently replaced an injured Clint Hester, and in the second middleweight fight Thales Leites returns to the UFC to take on Tom Watson. And finally, the flyweight bout sees John Lineker take on UFC newcomer Jose Tome, a fight Tome took on short notice after Phil Harris got injured in training.
As for the FX prelim card, it features the following matchups: Vinny Magalhaes vs. Anthony Perosh, Amanda Nunes vs. Sheila Gaff, Neil Magny vs. Sergio Moraes and Ian McCall vs. Iliarde Santos. The Facebook prelims then feature Rani Yahya vs. Josh Clopton, Ednaldo Oliveira vs. Francimar Barroso, and Viscardi Andrade vs. Bristol Marunde.
Overall I don’t feel as though this is a pay-per-view worthy card and on paper it’s one of the weakest events the UFC has put on all year. Let me explain.
The main event of the evening is essentially a squash match as no one is giving Jung a chance to upset Aldo, and rightfully. so as Aldo has proven himself to be one of the elite fighters in the sport and Jung has been out of action for over a year. And then the co-main event of Machida vs. Davis sounds like it could be really boring.
But it’s seeing guys like Santos, Leites and Tome being on the main card that drives me nuts. None of these fighters should ever be near the main card of a UFC event, especially not a PPV, and the fact they are shows how shallow this card is.
Hopefully the event is better than it looks on paper but don’t be surprised if UFC 163 is a forgetful fight card because, on first glance, it sure looks that way.
What are your thoughts?