I usually get slightly perturbed when these swing bouts follow the main event. The main event is supposed to be just that: the main event. The last fight of the night. The showstopper.
I understand how and why they happen, but it's still very anti-climactic.
The crowd is almost always asleep after the main events. There is rarely any energy in the arena for these swing bouts. A good portion of the crowd here at Radio City left after the Brock Lesnar-Frank Mir fight.
Sometimes, we're lucky enough to see a great fight. Other times, not so much.
Jon Fitch and Paulo Thiago's welterweight bout at UFC 100 was somewhere in between. Nothing too spectacular at all. In fact, the bout -- a unanimous decision victory for Fitch (23-3) -- was sort of boring. Had it happened before the main events, it might have been more intriguing to watch and appreciate the groundwork. Fitch won the bout, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.
This is not a slight on Thiago (11-1) or Fitch. Not in the least.
The issue is after driving a Lamborghini for a few hours, how do you get behind the wheel of a Chevy Lumina?