First and foremost, a fight having a finish does not immediately make it a great fight or a classic fight, sometimes there are fights that include finishes and are still painfully dull to watch. The decision in MMA gets a bad rap sometimes and it probably shouldn’t. But at UFC 169 the promotion set a record for most decisions in one card with ten decisions. According to Dana White at the UFC 169 post-fight press conference this was a “catastrophe” of sorts.
Granted, if you were brave enough to sit through the undercard you really probably were rather bored at points throughout, which isn’t taking anything away from the fighters, but the UFC 169 undercard was really just drizzling shits in many ways. The main card saw some more fireworks, but fights like Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem and Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas didn’t score the stoppages that White and many others had hoped for.
I think that the PPV proper of UFC 169 was fine, but the undercard was pretty hurting. This did feel like a step down from previous Super Bowl weekend cards from the UFC, but I guess they are moving away from it being one of their big weekends.