With 16 events over the next 18 weeks, UFC 215 isn’t getting a lot of attention.
We’re a couple of days out from UFC 215, a pretty decent pay-per-view event with two title fights … but the buzz isn’t all that big for the event. You could blame it on hype fatigue after all the insane shenanigans surrounding the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight. Or maybe the UFC isn’t doing the best job of promoting the event, which is headlined by flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson and women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, two champs that probably aren’t on UFC president Dana White’s Christmas card list.
Johnson has called the UFC out in the past for underselling him as a fighter, and while it sounds like he still believes they’re stuck in a loop where the UFC don’t think he’ll sell so they refuse to try and sell him, he’s being a lot more tactful in his complaints leading up to UFC 215.
“It’s so damn hard, there’s so many UFC fights,” Johnson said during a media scrum (via MMA Fighting). “I was literally having breakfast and I was talking to one of the guys who works for UFC and I was like yo, you guys just got back from Rotterdam, are you getting ready to go back home to Las Vegas and relax?”
“He was like ‘No, I’m going to Pittsburgh.’ Pittsburgh? I’m like there’s a fight card next Saturday? He goes ‘Yeah!’ There’s just too many back to back, back to back, back to back. 16 [events] in 18 weeks. There’s just too many, you know?”
“I think for the UFC, maybe next year they’ll sit down and rethink things, but I dunno, I’m not part of the marketing team, the PR team of the UFC. But for me, they’ve got a big fight coming up which is Madison Square Garden. So for example, at the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight they promoted UFC 217 at MSG when they had UFC 215 coming up and UFC 216 coming up.”
“So they took a chance, like ‘Hey I gotta promote UFC 215, promote UFC 216, we’re gonna skip both of those and promote a promo for UFC 217,” Demetrious finished. “So when they’re doing stuff like that, it’s like … you gotta look at what they’re gonna do. And that’s fine. I’m not part of that team. As for me, I would have shown UFC 215 because that’s the next thing coming up, what I would have focused on selling.”
What do you think, Maniacs? A fair assessment of the situation or more crap the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC shouldn’t have to deal with?