The UFC is across the pond once again this weekend, as the promotion is holding UFC Fight Night 134 in Hamburg, Germany, on Sunday. So is the card going to pull mainstream observers to FS1, Sunday afternoon? Or get hardcore, west coast fans out of bed to watch the Fight Pass prelims?
Fight Pass Prelims
Understandably, UFC FN 134 will feature a lot of European fighters in action, and the Fight Pass prelims are indicative of this. All three of the bouts include fighters from the continent, and the most recognizable name to veteran observers is Damien Stasiak, who will take on Pingyuan Liu. So, chances are only the most diehard, ‘I rarely miss a fight’ fans will be tuning in at 7:30 AM/PT to catch these bouts.
The FS1 prelims are heavy on European talent as well, and there’s not a lot of established vets or former contenders that casual fans will likely recognize. For dedicated fans, the Nick Hein – Damir Hadzovic bout is probably promising, and the always entertaining Emil Meek is taking on Bartosz Fabinski. The undefeated Justin Ledet is set to face Aleksandar Rakic in another bout that will probably draw hard, hardcore combat sports fans.
But, at the end of the day, it will be kind of shocking if the prelims generate above average ratings here in North America.
The main card certainly features some names that MMA – lite fans will likely recognize. Case in point, former light-heavyweight champ “Shogun” Rua is going to fight Anthony Smith, and longtime 205 contender Glover Teixeira will battle Corey Anderson. Will those fights prompt the mainstream masses to tune in? Hard to say.
Last weekend’s UFC FN 133 main card, which featured Junior dos Santos versus Blagoy Ivanov, averaged over 700,000 viewers. So, there’s reasons to believe that Sunday’s main card won’t tank. Although, one could argue that JDS is a more familiar name to new casual fans than Rua, since he’s been in the title shot mix more recently.
It should also be noted that Stefan Struve is going to throw hands with Marcin Tybura, so, that could pull some casual fans too. Struve has faced a lot of big name fighters and heavyweight bouts, especially one’s featuring a 7’0 foot tall competitor, tend to generate interest as well.
Here is the complete card for UFC FN 134.
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/2 p.m. ET)
Light Heavyweight: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Anthony Smith
Light Heavyweight: Glover Teixeira vs. Corey Anderson
Middleweight: Vitor Miranda vs. Abu Azaitar
Heavyweight: Stefan Struve vs. Marcin Tybura
Welterweight: Danny Roberts vs. David Zawada
Lightweight: Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marc Diakiese
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/noon ET)
Featherweight: Nick Hein vs. Damir Hadzovic
Welterweight: Emil Weber Meek vs. Bartosz Fabinski
Featherweight: Khalid Taha vs. Nad Narimani
Light Heavyweight: Justin Ledet vs. Aleksandar Rakic
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/10:30 a.m. ET)
Bantamweight: Davey Grant vs. Manny Bermudez
Light Heavyweight: Darko Stosic vs. Jeremy Kimball
Bantamweight: Damian Stasiak vs. Liu Pingyuan