The past weekend’s (Sat., August 30, 2014) UFC 177 card from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California, was largely regarded as the worst pay-per-view (PPV) event in Octagon history, at least on paper. After all, the main card, which was originally set to feature two title fights, lost a lot of its luster when the co-main event of Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso was moved to September 27’s UFC 178.
But things got even worse before last Friday’s (August 29, 2014) weigh-ins, as bantamweight title challenger Renan Barao passed out in his bathtub cutting weight, forcing him out of his awaited rematch with champion TJ Dillashaw. Fans were quick to jump on the UFC’s back for having the gall to charge the fans for the card, but by then it was too late.
In the end, UFC 177 wasn’t nearly as bad as most people thought it would be. Let’s take a look at six points of interest from the so-called cursed card that actually ended up delivering in a big way.