If you’re looking for reasons to buy UFC 154 this weekend, you don’t have to look much further than the main event between Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit, and luckily for the UFC, that’s the only fight needed to sell this pay-per-view.

While St-Pierre and Condit make this card worth the $60 that U.S. fans are going to pay for it, the rest of the main card leaves a lot to be desired, and the organization should consider itself lucky that the headliners were able to avoid injuries heading into the bout.

After the UFC 151 debacle earlier this year, the promotion couldn’t afford to cancel another major event, and the decision to throw St-Pierre on an otherwise lackluster card was incredibly risky due to the major knee injury he suffered late last year.

Without St-Pierre vs. Condit, UFC 154’s biggest match-up features welterweights Johny Hendricks and Martin Kampmann fighting to solidify their spot as the top contender, but despite the obvious title implications, it’s not exactly a fight that fans are willing to pay to see.

After the featured bouts, the card takes a turn for the mediocre.

The remaining three fights, (Francis Carmont vs. Tom Lawlor, Nick Ring vs. Costa Philippou and Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza) don’t exactly have fans jumping out of their seats with excitement, and the casual viewer is going to be stuck watching quite a few fighters they’ve likely never heard of come Saturday night.

Sure, to the hardcore MMA fans these fights have some value, but even the most dedicated fight fans will admit that this card leaves a lot to be desired outside of the main event.

The fact that Hominick even made it onto this main card tells volumes about the depth of the lineup. Both Hominick and Garza are riding lengthy losing streaks heading into this bout, and a loss for either would place them on the chopping block. But due to GSP’s presence on the card, the UFC knew it didn’t need to stack the event with high-profile talent. Instead, the promotion gave Hominick a chance to showcase his abilities in front of his home country.

There’s nothing wrong with giving Hominick, a fighter that always produces entertaining fights and is one of the more popular Canadians on the roster, the shot to revive his career in a featured bout, but throwing him on a PPV main card despite a three-fight losing streak shows that the promotion feels it doesn’t have to worry about earning PPV buys through the utilization of anyone beyond St-Pierre and Condit.

Maybe the UFC is taking the boxing route and just filling in the rest of the lineup while heavily promoting the headlining bout, but the promotion has been praised for its stacked PPV fight cards and a switch to the more traditional format is not only going to anger fans, but it will hurt the UFC product as a whole.

UFC President Dana White has always said the UFC makes the fights that fans want to see, but it seemed that most fans were under the assumption that we won’t have to see them one at a time.

The next few months are filled with fight cards that deliver from top to bottom, but UFC 154 doesn’t quite fit the promotion’s usual approach, and the company needs to stay away from building cards like this in the future.

Photo: Mark Hominick (Left) makes the main card this weekend, despite his losing streak. (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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