Posted 2/22/07 12:49:00PM
UFC.com listed the battle of undefeated fighters as part of the televised main card. Spike TV’s Countdown show featured it as, well. The TV commercials, print advertisements, and official press releases all listed its televised status.
However, when Spike TV’s broadcast of UFC 70 finally rolled around this past weekend, the light-heavyweight bout featuring Ryoto Machida and David Heath was nowhere to be found.
Instead, an undercard fight featuring England’s Terry Etim and Oklahoma wrestler Matt Grice aired in its place.
The reason the fight went untelevised was fairly obvious: the unanimous-decision victory for Machida lacked any real action, and the decision-makers probably felt that the broadcast time could be better spent on a more exciting fight. The Etim-Grice lightweight fight, which included brutal ground and pound from Grice before an eventual submission by Etim, fit the bill.