Big John McCarthy takes issue with Saturday’s UFC 289 main card lineup: “Is this pay-per-view quality?”

By Susan Cox - June 8, 2023

Big John McCarthy is taking issue with Saturday’s UFC 289 main card lineup.

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UFC 289 takes place this coming Saturday, June 10th at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.

It has been almost 4 years since the UFC has been on Canada soil, the last time was back in September of 2019 which was headlined by a lightweight battle between Justin Gaethje (24-4 MMA) and Donald Cerrone (36-17 MMA). That match-up, which also took place in Vancouver, saw Gaethje KO/TKO Cerrone at 4:18 of round 1.

The lineup for UFC 289 will be headlined by a bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes (22-5 MMA) and Irene Aldana (14-6 MMA). Nunes was originally scheduled to fight Julianna Pena (12-5 MMA), but Pena had to withdraw due to injury.

The co-main event will feature a lightweight battle between Charles Oliveira (33-9 MMA) and Beneil Dariush (22-4 MMA).

John McCarthy, current Bellator analyst, speaking on his ‘Weighing In‘ podcast, shared his thoughts on the quality of the upcoming UFC 289 pay-per-view event saying:

“When you look at the main card, there’s fights on here that I go ‘Look I think that’s a good young fighter,’ Mike Malott, good young fighter very talented, Adam Fugitt talented, but they’re not pay-per-view main card guys. Not yet.”

Continuing McCarthy said:

“Lets be honest, lets look at the main card,  you’ve got Amanda Nunes vs Aldana, you’ve got Charles Oliveira vs Dariush – awesome fight,  loved it, loved it.”

“Your opening fight is  Marc-Andre Barriault vs Eryk Anders – is that pay per view main card starting the show what you’re look for?”

McCarthy also shared how there’s just not the excitement for the main event – Nunes vs Aldana.

Concluding, McCarthy said:

“Rate this 1 to 10? Is it the lineup you’re expecting when you’re paying your hard-earned money…is this pay-per-view quality?”

Are you in agreement with ‘Big’ John McCarthy that UFC 289 just isn’t measuring up for a pay-per-view attraction? Will you be watching?

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