There are pay-per-view shows that ought to be on regular television, and there are routine weekend shows whose star power and matchups could have warranted Dana White's typical $64.99 price tag.
At least three of the six fights on the main portion of the 14-fight marathon would have topped any Fight Night broadcast on ESPN+, and the main event and the co-main bouts included three fighters who've each headlined—albeit in a losing effort—a PPV extravaganza within the last 18 months.
The warm-up to next week's UFC 253 blowout on Fight Island included a grudge match between bitter welterweight rivals Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley, a fracas matching 170-pound highlight reels Donald Cerrone and Niko Price and a middleweight encounter in which the promotion's most intriguing new face tested his mettle against a respected veteran in Gerald Meerschaert.
Clark looked done for the night when she was sagging against the cage and took a hard knee to the head just before her rear end touched the canvas, which prompted referee Chris Tognoni to stop the fight thinking it was an illegal blow against a grounded fighter.
Khamzat Chimaev, Mackenzie Dern, Randy Costa, Damon Jackson