(‘Of course I’m wearing me bandana. I’m not going to walk around during flu season without taking the necessary precautions, now am I?’)
Ever since the first installment of "UFC Primetime" in the run-up to last January’s Georges St. Pierre-B.J. Penn fight blew our collective minds, we’ve been waiting for Spike TV and the UFC to get together on another collaboration of slow-mo walking and carefully crafted storylines. Surely, we thought, they were waiting until they had an especially compelling title fight. Or, as we learned in an email from Spike TV today, a title fight that most people expect to be a total squash match.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 10, Spike will run a three-part "Primetime" series to hype the UFC 111 main event bout between GSP and Dan Hardy. Presumably this will be where they attempt to sell us on the idea that Hardy offers a considerable challenge to the welterweight champ, and that the oddsmakers who currently have St. Pierre pegged as a 6-1 favorite have no clue what they’re talking about.
The show is bound to be visually compelling with great production values, so it will still be worth watching. But didn’t we already get all the backstory we needed on GSP last time? And wouldn’t it be more fun to see this done for a future fight that seems a little more competitive?