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Like Lombard, UFC 149 a dud

Originally Published: July 23, 2012
By Josh Gross | ESPN.com

Well that wasn't much fun.

I haven't conducted a scientific poll, but I'm just going to say this like it's fact: No one enjoyed UFC 149, the odds-on favorite for worst Zuffa card of 2012. All of the evening's mojo was spent by the close of prelims, where four of the six contests ended violently, and both decisions were compelling, competitive fights.

Then the pay-per-view hit, and after Matt Riddle fired off a bit of submission magic against Chris Clements, that was all she wrote.

James Head and Brian Ebersole, well I'm not sure what they did. Cheick Kongo and Shawn Jordan didn't do much of anything, that I'm sure of. And middleweights Tim Boetsch and Hector Lombard didn't do nearly enough.

Even an eager and generally polite Canadian throng couldn't keep from booing.

When it came to the main, Renan Barao and Urijah Faber at least showed up, but the action wasn't frantic and neither looked close to hurt.

Zuffa deserves a pass because of the massive injury list this card piled up. The finished product looked nothing like the intended version. Fights had to be made and so they were.

The best part of UFC 149 is that it will quickly be forgotten.

For the first time in a while, no A's on the report card:

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