From looking like one of the best of the year, to one of the worst of the year; UFC 137 has been a train wreck from the start.
Firstly, Sam Stout was forced to pull out of his bout with Dennis Siver - but was replaced with a more-than-respectable opponent in Donald Cerrone.
Then, it all went wrong...
The muchly-anticipated title fight between Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre was scrapped when Diaz failed to turn up to the press conferences. Diaz was then replaced with Carlos Condit, and was put into a bout with BJ Penn.
Dubbed "The Natural Born Killer", Condit was slated as being St-Pierre's worst nightmare and that he would knock him out. Unfortunately, this was not the end of the train wrecked event, as St-Pierre was injured during training and forced to pull out of the bout.
So, Penn and Diaz were put into the main event - a three-rounder with title implications. It's still a great bout, and one that I've wanted to see for a long time being a big MMA fan for so long. The co-main event is also an awesome bout: Matt Mitrione, an unbeaten knockout artist facing Cheick Kongo, a UFC veteran with a great résumé. I'm also very excited to see Cro Cop face Big Country - a fight that could be the last for one of these big heavyweights. Siver vs. Cerrone is also a great bout, as is Palaszewski and Griffin in the Featherweight division. Hatsu Hioki will also be introduced to some of the UFC's finest, a man dubbed the #2 Featherweight in the world.
All-in-all, this is still a good card - albeit a very altered one. It still has all the makings of a classic, and one that should not be missed.