5 Potential Main Events for UFC on FOX 3
Earlier this week, the UFC announced that their third venture into network television will take place on May 5th in New Jersey.
A main card bout between Nate Diaz and Jim Miller is already set for the card, but reports have suggested that the fight will not headline the event, leaving speculation that the UFC will attempt to put another high profile bout or two on the card.
With a lot of current champions and contenders tied up in the near future, the organization will have to sit back and wait for a bit to see which high profile fighters will be available for the card, but there are several fantastic bouts that would highlight the talent that exists in mixed martial arts that can be made in the next month or so.
'Shogun' Rua vs Dan Henderson 2
A lot of fans seem to hate rematches, but I can’t see a lot of negative feedback if the UFC throws a rematch of one of the best fights in history on the card.
"Shogun" Rua and Dan Henderson went to war last November at UFC 139, putting on one of the greatest fights in MMA history, with both fighters scoring multiple knockdowns and controlling different frames of the five round bout.
The decision win for Henderson was a bit controversial, but the fight was so close that no one complained all that much.
A rematch between these two would have hardcore fans salivating, and both men are decently well-known by casual fans and could generate some interest.
Cain Velasquez vs Frank Mir
The UFC loves to showcase their heavyweights, and since it is unlikely that they would waste a decent amount of PPV buys by throwing the upcoming title fight between Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem on the card, they might as well throw two marketable contenders into the main event slot.
Mir has been a household name ever since his high profile bout with Brock Lesnar at UFC 100, and Velasquez was recently featured on the promotion's first FOX fight.
With Mir currently on the rise after snapping Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s arm at UFC 140, and Velasquez still being one of the most popular fighters in a weak division, this could easily be a bout that decides the next challenger for the heavyweight belt.
Throw in having the UFC’s most popular Mexican fighter getting a primetime bout on Cinco De Mayo, and this is a winning idea for UFC matchmakers.
Jose Aldo's Next Title Defense
After scoring a memorable knockout win over Chad Mendes at UFC 142, Jose Aldo rushed into the crowd during his post-fight celebration and earned himself a whole new group of fans.
While his popularity is growing, Aldo is still going to struggle in the area of PPV buys, so he may be the one champion that the UFC would be willing to throw onto free TV.
Aldo’s style is very fan-friendly, and he is always in an entertaining bout, something the UFC is sure to consider when creating these cards for network TV.
There is currently no one deserving of a shot at Aldo’s featherweight title, but the winner of Bart Palaszewski and Hatsu Hioki could easily become next in line, if they put on a good show at UFC 144 next month.
Forrest Griffin vs 'Rampage' Jackson
From the standpoint of someone who follows the sport, this fight doesn’t mean much in terms of title contention or divisional relevance, but the combined star power of Forrest Griffin and "Rampage" Jackson would make this an easy sell for the UFC.
While it isn’t the best fight the promotion could give fans, it is a fight that "Rampage" has been wanting for quite some time, and both fighters have massive fan bases that would follow them to FOX.
These two first met back at UFC 86, following season seven of The Ultimate Fighter, where they competed as coaches. Griffin pulled out an controversial decision, and upset the then champion Rampage to earn his first and only UFC title.
Rampage would have to get past Ryan Bader at UFC 144 next month for this one to happen, and if he does, it wouldn’t be surprising if these two ended up meeting next.
Frankie Edgar's Next Fight
The UFC lightweight champion is a New Jersey native, and the UFC loves to let their employees fight in front of their home crowd.
Edgar is set to fight Benson Henderson at UFC 144 in February, but win or lose, he would fit well on this card.
Edgar isn’t a huge PPV draw, and much like Aldo, the UFC could decide to showcase a title fight and not worry about losing a few dollars in the process.
With the bout between Jim Miller and Nate Diaz already getting buzz as a potential number one contender bout, stacking a lightweight title fight and promoting the next challenger for the belt all in one night would do nothing but help the UFC, when they decide to promote the belt for a PPV fight in the future.