UFC Vegas 71 is a dud | The Level Change Podcast 241

This weekend has several combat sports events running, but the UFC Vegas 71 card is not the best among the bunch and it's not even close.

By: Stephie Haynes | 2 months ago
UFC Vegas 71 is a dud | The Level Change Podcast 241
Level Change Podcast | UFC Vegas 71

There are some really good fights this weekend, but UFC Vegas 71 is an incredibly modest card, and it certainly isn’t must-watch TV by any stretch of the imagination. Bellator 295 is a high stakes show with plenty of their ranked talent featuring Saturday night from the picturesque city of Honolulu. Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia is on track to make a metric ton of money for both the promoters and the boxers. Even Misfits Boxing has an event running, so if you’re as tired of tepid cards with no real significance or entertainment value as we are, there are options and we’re going to tell you about them.

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UFC Kansas City turned out to be an entertaining card with impactful matchups and Max Holloway showing once again why he remains a perennial contender. Arnold Allen was outclassed soundly, but had some great moments of his own, overall. UFC Vegas 71, in stark contrast, has just two ranked fights on it, and one is questionable (Norma Dumont vs. Karol Rosa) since the UFC currently only has Amanda Nunes ranked at the 145 pound limit. There are literally no other women in their women’s featherweight rankings at the time of this writing. The only other rankings-relevant fight being the main event is kind of a problem, and one that will likely never go away.

Now, I’m not saying this weekend’s Misfits card carries any real significance in the boxing world, but for the sake of entertainment, I guess some will find merit in it. UFC Vegas 71 is a unique animal. The promotion can get away with cards like these thanks to the ESPN deal. The biggest, most talent-heavy promotion in the world is churning out duds and by all accounts, will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

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Episode 241 | UFC Vegas 71 is a dud

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Stephie Haynes
Stephie Haynes

Stephie Haynes has been covering MMA since 2005. She has also worked for MMA promotion Proelite and apparel brand TapouT. She hosted TapouT’s official radio show for four years before joining Bloody Elbow in 2012. She has interviewed everyone there is to interview in the fight game from from Dana White to Conor McGregor to Kimbo Slice, as well as mainstream TV, film and music stars including Norman Reedus, RZA and Anthony Bourdain. She has been producing the BE podcast network since 2017 and hosts four of its current shows.

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