With the current UFC 228 debacle, I thought it would be interesting to look at how ppv cards have changed in recent years and why. Nowadays, most pay per views are essentially FS1 quality cards with a title fight or two attached. Compare this to years ago when you could actually feel hyped about every main card fight and even many of the prelims. So what's the issue? Why has this become the norm? The problems lies in a few core issues.... The Issues 1) Too many cards. The UFC plain puts too many cards on. They don't have the talent to spread across so many events so you end up with subpar fighters getting signed to fill them out. This is the most obvious issue when it comes to poor quality cards. 2) Poor distribution of talent. The UFC generally follows the same formula for each type of show. PPV is usually 1 or 2 title fights, usually one more quality fight, then 2 weak ones. Fs1 cards are generally one decent main event and filled with decent as best fights at that. 3)Reliance on mega cards. The UFC will now save talent to put on 1 or 2 mega cards a year. Usually aiming for international fight week in July and MSG in November. 4) Injuries and pull outs. We all know. These instances happen nearly every card. So what can the UFC do about it? Here's a solution to each issue. The Solutions 1) Lower the amount of cards. No brainer. Makes each fight feel more like an event as opposed to an every weekend affair. Cut lower level filler talent and keep the best on the roster. 2) Focus on ppv cards If the UFC is unwilling to drop the amount of cards then they need to distribute their talent to better sell a ppv. Use Fs1 to build mid card talent and put the bigger fight they currently use to main event in a ppv main card slot. Take for example 228, you add the last fs1 main event (Gaethje/Vick) and next week's main event (Hunt/Olinyk) suddenly you have a decent looking card again. The fs1 cards suffer but it's an opportunity to spotlight some lower talent. 3)Stop mega cards This is a bit more controversial because everybosy likes a big card. But they could do it in a way where each ppv card is a solid 7-8/10 instead of 6 3/10 cards with one 9/10. 4)Have back up plans and replacements on tap If they're putting meaningful fights on each ppv card in the ways I've outlined before, then they'd be golden. If you have a solid card one or two pull outs won't ruin it. For title fights or other bigger fights either have a fighter contracted to prepare in case or have them fighting on the same card. Keep the same weight classes featured on each card so you have a contingency plan. So I think this pretty well outlines the issues and what could be done. If you disagree with me or have better solutions let's hear them.