On the one hand we have 134 where nearly every Brazilian won. Afterwards we all said "well yeah they wanted to make a good impression in Brazil so of course they did that." I suppose that idea makes some business sense, despite tending to be somewhat discounting of what the individual winners accomplished. But the Japan matchmaking seems to be the opposite. If the "well yeah they want to open a new market, of course they'd do that" logic applied why is the Japan card AGAIN shaping up to be similar to the last card? Just looking at the comparisons we saw Anderson Silva fighting Okami and Bonnar and Nog fighting a 2-fight-losing-streak Herman on the one hand... and on the other hand we have Akiyama going against Shields (right after Akiyama's 3 fight losing streak) and now Okami against Lombard and Wand (adopted Japanese but still) against Stann. Lombard of course with great TDD and KO Power and Stann of course with great KO power and a good chin. Is all this in my head? Or is the UFC treating Japan as their anti-Brazil where they bring people to Japan with non-favorable matchups against them? What could they possibly gain from having Japanese staples LOSE in front of their home audience? Of course there are notable exceptions like Prado getting Davis in Brazil. We knew that wasn't favorable for Prado beforehand. Or Okami getting Boetsch in Japan. Most expected that would be a UD for Okami beforehand. BUT OUTLIER EXCEPTIONS ASIDE... I'd imagine you have to see the overall matchmaking pattern as night and day between the two... So my question is: why the discrepancy? What makes Japan different? TL;DR: Why would Zuffa matchmake so that Brazilian fighters often get favorable matchups in Brazil yet Japanese staples often get nightmare matchups in Japan?