UFC 215 will go down this weekend in Edmonton, Alberta, and to say the card’s been lost in the mix somewhat, is a bit of an understatement. After all, the event is going down just two weeks removed from the Floyd Mayweather – Conor McGregor bout, which dominated headlines for weeks.
Some have also pointed to the fact that the card features flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, and bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, who while being very talented fighters, aren’t big time draws. Johnson has struggled to become a mainstream star, despite the fact he’s defended the flyweight title 10 times, and is unquestionably one of the greatest fighters the game has ever known.
As a result of the above, Johnson frequently fields questions about the drawing power of his fights, and leading up to UFC 215, that’s continued. While discussing that issue recently in a media scrum, “Mighty Mouse” said this(quote via MMA Mania):
“It’s so damn hard, there’s so many UFC fights,” Johnson said. “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.”
Yup. While it’s not clear if Johnson’s fights would receive more attention, if there were less UFC cards, there’s no question a lot of key fights get lost in the shuffle. Before the year closes out, 15 more UFC events will take place…15.
UFC 215 will take place in Edmonton, Alberta. Johnson will be taking on Ray Borg, and Nunes will be facing Valentina Shevchenko.