If you’re curious about ultimate fighting, but never actually wanted to put out for a PPV to see what its all about, then tonite is a great way for you to see what the sport is about.
Tonite at 9pm the UFC is giving away a PPV quality main event, with Ken Shamrock, historically their top main event attraction and the most famous fighter in the world, versus a very strong, young, up and comer, Rich Franklin.
Shamrock hasn’t fought in about a year and a half, so this is going to be a very interesting bout. Usually, the a popular fighter’s first fight back from a long layoff is against a tomato can (Peter McNeeley anyone?) or a marginal fighter, but not in this case.
If this does’t impress you, consider the fact that many people think UFC is insane to give this away considering that Shamrock always pulls strong PPV numbers. That’s an indication of the quality of this fight.
While it isn’t exactly Goldberg-Hogan from the Atlanta Dome, its still a risky move by UFC to entice new fans to buy future PPVs.
(Note: WCW, in probably one of the stupidest moves ever in the history of pro wrestling, gave away Goldberg’s win for the title over Hollywood Hogan on free TV. Goldberg was the hottest thing in wrestling and Hogan was viciously hated, and the PPV would probably have done, as a minimum, 500,000 PPV buys. That’s 7.5 to 10 million dollars pissed away! Another reason WCW went out of business.)
At least tape the darn thing to see if you like it, come on!
Tonite is also the finale of the Ultimate Fighter series. You will see, live, the 2 final matches of the lightweight and the middleweight divisions, to determine who wins the competition and thus a UFC contract.