Brock Lesnar has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 106 bout with Shane Carwin due to a prolonmged illness. The heavyweight title fight is expected to be postponed to January 2nd’s UFC 108 fight card. In the meantime UFC 106 is screwed.
It appears that the Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin co-main event will take on main event status and if it does it6 will be the first UFC I will not order in a long, long time. It is the dumbest main event in UFC history. Griffin lost badly in his last outing and is on a 2 fight losing streak. Ortiz is coming off of back surgery and he is 0-2-1 in his last three fights and has not won a fight since he beat Ken Shamrock in October of 2006…three years ago. There is no logic in that fight. Two former light heavyweight champions on their way out and no longer as popular as they once were. If the UFC thinks that Forrest is the same draw he was prior to his antics after his loss to Anderson Silva he is crazy.
I am sure some re-shuffling will happen. Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort will probably be delayed until February due to Silva’s elbow surgery recovery. And lesnar vs. Carwin will take on the maine vent there. UFC 108 looks great…really great.
However, UFC 106, which once looked like a very good card now sucks. First Almeida pulled out of the fight with Jon Fitch and Fitch was moved to UFC 108 against Thiago Alves. Now Lesnar vs. Carwin is gone. The event will host an exciting light heavyweight battle between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Luis Cane. A less than stellar welterweight bout also is on the card between Karo Parisyan and Dustin Hazelett both coming back from long lay offs.
The point is this. Dana White and Joe Silva find a headliner or I for one will not be watching. I can promise you that. Oh yeah, I am not one of those disloyal fickle fans. But Ortiz vs. Griffin II by itself does not intrest me at all.