Timing is everything they say, and UFC president Dana White would be the first to agree. At The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 finale Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar put on a seminal three round battle on live television that helped catapult the UFC to the next level.
Tonight the WEC had just such a moment as the match-up between Leonard Garcia and ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung produced three rounds of fireworks in the prelims live on Spike TV.
As far as advertising goes there could have been no better way to convince viewers to buy the event than this with both fighters going toe-to-toe for 15 minutes just before the pay-per-view event was due to start.
Right from the off both fighters began trading strikes. This wasn’t a technical battle, but there was an ugly beauty to it as both men threw everything they had behind every single punch, kick, knee and elbow, and at one stage even traded spinning back-fists.
Somehow the two warriors remained standing at the end despite taking tremendous punishment, and Garcia was awarded a controversial split-decision victory, though truth be told there were no losers here.
Remarkably Garcia admitted in his post-fight interview that he had broken his hand in the opening round. Meanwhile Joe Rogan exclaimed that it had been, “the fight of the decade!”
After the disappointment and negative press surrounding UFC 112, this was the priceless antidote. Now we must wait and see if it has a knock-on effect on the pay-per-view ratings for the event.