UFC on free TV? Priceless

Junior dos Santos lands a punch to send Cain Velasquez down in the first round of their Heavyweight...

Junior dos Santos lands a punch to send Cain Velasquez down in the first round of their Heavyweight Championship Title bout during the UFC on FOX event at the Honda Center on Nov. 12, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (DONALD MIRALLE/GETTY IMAGES)

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:22 PM ET

Perspective folks. Perspective!

The UFC’s most dyed-in-the-wool diehards are often its harshest critics. Present company included.

Some of that helps to keep the fight club humble. It stops it from straying too far from its roots.

But at times, as is the case with the criticism over the UFC on FOX event last weekend, it’s just plain grating.

Everything from the format to the music is being micro-analyzed in the twitterverse and elsewhere.

I’ll be the first to admit I would have loved to have seen the entire Ben Henderson-Clay Guida fight on the live bill too.

I had to watch it on Facebook instead.

But at the end of the day, I don’t care what music is played, who’s commentating or how long the scraps last.

It’s about the fights.

The fact it was the shortest main event in UFC history — it took 64 seconds for Junior dos Santos to knock out Cain Velasquez — doesn’t matter to me.

I’m sure the UFC and FOX would have liked it to last a little longer but the fact it didn’t only serves to punctuate the unpredictability of the sport. One of its greatest lures.

Last Saturday night, I got to watch a UFC heavyweight title fight without having to fork over sixty bucks.

And from my perspective, there’s nothing wrong with that.

jose.rodriguez@sunmedia.ca


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