Hey Fat Lady fight fans, I know we have been through this before. Like, at least twice in the past couple weeks, so I almost don’t even want to bring it up. But I have to. UFC 133 has lost another fighter. I know, I almost don’t even believe it, but you know what they say, when it rains, it pours. And it has been pouring all over Dana White and the UFC. The most recent cancellation is Italian fighter Alessio Sakara who was scheduled to fight Jorge Rivera. However, this cancellation should really be no surprise. This is the third time Sakara and Rivera have been scheduled to fight and the third time a fight between these two has been canceled. This time it is due to Sakara tearing his ACL during training. The UFC has tapped The Ultimate Fighter alum, Constantinos Philippou, to now face Rivera. Hey, at least Rivera still gets to fight a Mediterranean.
This is Combat Sports. That is really the only explanation for the recent wave of fight cancellations. You might think this is something new, or that the accident insurance policy that Zuffa sports integrated this past June has something, if not most, to do with the recent rash of cancellations. Not true. Shaun Al-Shatti has a great breakdown of fight cancellations for this year compared to years past that shows NO increase in cancellations since the new policy took place. In fact, 2011 is on track to be even with 2010 in the percentage of fights canceled. So, are we going to occasionally have to see good fights replaced by just OK fights due to injuries? Yes, absolutely. But this sport is about ultimate competition with everything on the line and training for any fight is going to push the human body to its limits and sometimes break it. I, for one, would rather risk a fight cancellation due to a guy pushing himself as hard as he can to prepare instead of suffering though lackluster fights because the competitors were afraid of injuring themselves to properly prepare. My feelings are that this card will definitely entertain and with two badass events coming up, the recent grumblings over fight cancellations will quickly become last month’s Flavor of the Month.