The UFC prides itself on being the largest MMA promotion in the world. In 2021 we’ve already seen some really big events led by fighters like Conor McGregor, Israel Adesanya and Francis Ngannou. However, this is not always the case.
The UFC puts on some amazing headliners, but sometimes the promotion also chooses to make their shows main event with some much weaker fights.
A number of things can be blamed for this – from the UFC spreading too thin by putting on too many shows, to injuries that force sudden changes. However, it’s safe to say that for UFC fans there are few things worse than a weak UFC main event.
With that in mind, here are five major UFC events that were hugely disappointing.
# 5 Islam Makhachev vs. Thiago Moises – UFC Vegas 31
When the UFC recently announced that their next visit to the APEX Center in Las Vegas would be spearheaded by a slight clash between Islam Makhachev and Thiago Moises, most fans raised eyebrows.
Neither Makhachev nor Moises have ever made headlines on a UFC show before. To be fair, that’s obviously not a problem as the UFC sometimes has to push new headliners. But if we’re honest, the matchmaking here is bizarre at best.
Makhachev is undoubtedly one of the best contenders in the UFC lightweight class right now. He seems like promotion’s best chance of replacing Khabib Nurmagomedov as her big Russian star.
But why is he fighting Moises? The Brazilian has a good three-bout winning streak and is ranked 14th in the division, but the way Makhachev defeated Drew Dober at UFC 259 suggested that it was time for the Russian to compete one To go one step further.
Couldn’t the UFC really have convinced Rafael Dos Anjos, Dan Hooker or Beneil Dariush – all of whom rank above Makhachev – to fight the Russian? Is Moises Really The Best That You Can Do?
This fight may turn out to be very entertaining, but right now it feels massively disappointing considering what might have been put together for Makhachev’s next Octagon gig.