2015 has been a great year in terms of events the UFC has been able to put on so far. At some point the luck had to run out, and that point is now. UFC 186 was a great event at first, but injuries and a court injunction have caused it to deteriorate dramatically. This isn’t the first time that this has happened and it won’t be the last. There have also been some events that on paper looked great, and just didn’t pan out.

With all of this in mind, Josh Davis and I are going to break down what we think are the five worst pay-per-views that the UFC has put on since Zuffa, LLC acquired the brand.

Mike Davis’ List

5. UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy

Another card that was impacted by the ever present injury bug, but once again on paper doesn’t look that bad. The outcome was a prelim that had to be pushed into the main card due to a fight be removed and fights that just didn’t captivate the audience. Specifically the main event between GSP and Dan Hardy. It ended up going five rounds and it wasn’t competitive at any point. A general snooze fest.

4. UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen

This event barely resembled what it once was when it was announced by the time it took place. Injuries and a missed weight caused six fighters that were originally slated to compete to withdraw from the event. On top of that the main event was a fight between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen. Sonnen had no business fighting Jones, and there was absolutely no expectation that it would be a competitive fight. It wasn’t, the biggest story to come out of the night was Jones’ gruesome toe injury.

3.UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop

UFC 119 wasn’t marred by injuries as badly as some other events, but it certainly was affected. On paper the card looks really good. It is stacked full of fighters that were big names, and fighters that have since become big names, but it just didn’t play out that well. In the main event Frank Mir knocked out Cro Cop in the last frame of a boring fight, and the other four fights all went to decision. It was just a boring night that surely left many feeling like they just threw away their pay-per-view money.

2. UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao

There are too many injuries to list in what led to this event being a flop. By the time the event took place it didn’t come close to resembling the event that it once was. The main card produced one no contest, and four decisions. It didn’t help that the event followed one of the most successful events in the history of the organization either. At the post fight press conference Dana White stated, “I felt like I was at UFC 33 again.”

1. UFC 33: Victory in Vegas

 It was the first event sanctioned under the unified rules of MMA to take place in Las Vegas. That combined with Zuffa recently acquiring the brand led them to putting together a card that would go down in the history books. Unfortunately it did, but not for the reasons that they were hoping for. Every main card fight went to decision, and on top of that they ran over their allotted pay-per-view time slot. It was a disaster.

Josh Davis’ List

5. UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann

While this card proved to the UFC that Ronda Rousey can carry a Pey-Per-View that is about all it did.  This was another card that was riddled by the injury bug.  The original co-main event was supposed to be Rashad Evans vs. Daniel Cormier but ended up with being Daniel Cormier vs Patrick Cummins.  Overall there was not one memorable fight on this card.

4. UFC 72: Victory

This card was completely built the around the star power of Rich Franklin and unfortunately Anderson had already beat the fighter out of him.  In the main event Rich Franklin fought Yushin Okami in a title eliminator bout and fortunately for fight fans this was only a three-round main event.  Neither fighter came to fight that night and Franklin walked away with a very lackluster decision.  At a time when the sport was still growing with main-stream fight fans this was not a card to charge people $49.99 for.

3. UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt

This event was the UFC first show in Mexic0 and was billed as one of their biggest accomplishments and I ask you to name me five fighters on that main card.  Not easy to do because the card was not that memorable.  The original main event would have been nice, a fight between heavyweight champion and then number one contender Fabricio Werdum but instead what we got was Mark Hunt stepping up on short notice to fill in for an injured Velasquez essentially saving the card.  The UFC had an opportunity to make a big statement with this card and they fell flat.  Something they rarely do in these big time situations.

2. UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz

Who will ever forget Dennis Hallman fighting in his spedo, getting his butt whooped so bad that one of his boys decided that he needed to show himself to the crowd?  The sad thing is that is not the worst thing that happened on that card. How about the fact that Vitor Belfor was facing a very overrated Yoshihiro Akiyama or the fact that the main event was a washed up Tito Ortiz fighting at the time one of the best in the world in Rashad Evans.  As usual Ortiz proved that he does not like to be hit and buckled under the pressure just like the rest of this event.

1. UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto

Obviously this card suffered a major hit when Renan Barrao, humpty dumpty himself, fell in the tub and hit his head and all of the UFC’s men couldn’t put him back together again and he was unable to fight forcing Joe Soto to step in on less than a days notice.  Soto fought admirably but honestly he never stood a chance.  The co-main event of this card was Tony Furgeson vs. Danny Castillo. While that is a decent fight it is certainly not Pay-Per-View co-main event status. For $59.99 the rest of this card was just as disappointing as the news that Barrao was forced out of the fight before he could even weigh in.

About The Author

Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.