The final order of UFC Fight Night 47 contains some questionable decisions, with key fights being demoted to the preliminary card in favour of less relevant bouts (thanks to this Reddit post, linking MMAjunkie‘s piece).
The first perplexing decision is for a welterweight three-rounder between Seth Baczynski and Alan Jouban to be showcased not only on the main card, but three fights into the FOX Sports 1 portion. Baczynski has lost three of his last four bouts and is potentially one loss away from being cut, while Jouban is making his UFC debut. Neither fighters are likely to, with all due respect, garner the card many more viewers.
Below this bout on the main card is a heavyweight bout between Shawn Jordan, who has notable wins over Pat Barry and Lavar Johnson, and Jack May, a South African who lost his UFC debut. Kicking off the main card will be Thiago Tavares finally making his featherweight debut against Robbie Peralta, who is coming off a decision over Rony Jason. While Jack May is not a household name, the other three should ring some bells with the less-hardcore MMA fanbase.
Now, this is where I have some issues.
On the preliminary card are two bouts showcasing four top ranked fighters, and the reason for them being on the preliminary card is surely down to the fact they are ‘lighter weight classes’. In the women’s bantamweight division, Invicta champion Lauren Murphy, an undefeated prospect, makes her UFC debut against Sara McMann, who is coming off a title shot and, coincidentally, her first professional loss. And that fight doesn’t even headline the prelim card.
Headlining the preliminary card is a bout in the 125lbs division between two fighters on the cusp of a UFC title shot – #6 ranked Jussier Formiga and former Bellator titleholder Zach Makovsky. Formiga is coming into the bout off a win over Scott Jorgensen, while Makovsky has won two straight since joining the promotion. With both in the hunt of a UFC title shot, surely the extra exposure of the main card would do any future marketing good?
I certainly understand the argument of a fight ‘headlining’ a preliminary card in favour of being just another main card fight, but on FOX Sports 2? I don’t see the reasoning. And not only that, Murphy vs. McMann isn’t even headlining the preliminary card, making the decision questionable to say the least.
I also would understand if the preliminary portion of the event is on UFC Fight Pass, as that would be a way of marketing the $10-a-month service.
Here is how the UFC Fight Night 47 card stands, which will be headlined by Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux on August 16 at Cross Insurance Centre in Bangor, ME.
Main Card (FOX Sports 1)
Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux
Gray Maynard vs. Ross Pearson
Tim Boetsch vs. Brad Tavares
Seth Baczynski vs. Alan Jouban
Shawn Jordan vs. Jack May
Robbie Peralta vs. Thiago Tavares
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 2)
Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky
Sara McMann vs. Lauren Murphy
Sam Alvey vs. Tom Watson
Frankie Saenz vs. Nolan Ticman
Do you agree with the points raised here, or do you have some reasoning as to why the UFC may have decided to order the card this way? Send a comment below or a tweet to @cagepagesfs.