The show is not supposed to air until tonight, but thanks to the magic of the Internet, Spike TV's 'Countdown to UFC 129' is now available on Hulu. As I stated yesterday, I find this program either more beneficial to selling the fight than UFC: Primetime or at least more representative of why the event is large scale. UFC: Primetime's premise is that the main event is so much the focal point of the event that it merits an augmented level of attention. It's partly that the fight needs more promotion and partly that it deserves more promotion. I'm on board with the logic of the former, less so with the latter. That underscores why this Countdown show is so central to Spike TV's promotional push:
Still, the Countdown series are always good about shedding light on the event as a whole and at the top, very few events have more depth than this one. Randy Couture, six-time world champion, is in the featured bout, beyond the main and co-main. That should tell you quite a bit.
And frankly, that's the strength of UFC 129. Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields and Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick are excellent, impactful fights, but the true draw to UFC 129 is the entire event itself. No one fight carries so much significance or anticipation that it's must-see. But the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In fact, the significane of each fight is being elevated simply because of the size of the crowd. UFC 129, in totality, is gigantic and that's hopefully what this Countdown show will ultimately convey.
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