This year on the day of our nation’s independence, Dana White and the UFC look to bring the biggest Pay-Per-View event imaginable to MMA fans around the world. So…who should they bring?
This question has been bouncing around the Internet with all kinds of speculation as to who will step inside the octagon. Will all the fights be title fights? Will we see more elite fighters changing weight class? What kind of card will UFC 100 turn out to be? Here’s what this fan of the sport would like to see.
First, title fights. UFC 100 can clearly support a two-title-fight night, and I think two matches clearly stand out to be fan favorites.
In the welterweight division I hope to see George St. Pierre defend his title against number one contender Thiago Alves. After his dominant destruction of B.J. Penn, GSP has cemented his status as one of the toughest fighters in the world. All that stands in his way of legendary status is his ability to continue to defend his title.
Alves pure aggression and striking versus GSP’s unlimited mixed-martial art potential would be a huge draw for the sport, and make for an exciting title defense. With Alves being declared the top contender by Dana White, this fight would be perfect for a fourth of July co-main event.
I say co-main eventbecause I am hoping to see another title go up for grabs that night, Rashad Evans vs. Quinton Jackson. I may be getting a little ahead of myself since Jackson still has to fight Keith Jardine on March 7, but with a successful fight over Jardine, Jackson will be directly in line for a shot at the title.
Putting these two fighters in the octagon together would surely please the fans of MMA and make for a “bang out” title match fitting for the event. Both are superb strikers with great wrestling ability, and both have shown such domination over their division that a match between the two seems inevitable.
But what if Jackson loses to Jardine? If that happens Lyoto Machida is next in line for a shot at the belt, and I don’t believe that fight would any less exciting. Two undefeated fighters squaring off for the belt always brings the crowd to their feet.
For the next fight on the card I hope to see the next two TUF Coaches, Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson square off in the octagon. Since moving to middleweight Bisping has shown that he is ready to take on all comers in the division, and this is Henderson’s shot to prove that he still has what it takes to compete in the UFC.
Also, as an added bonus Dana White has set up the next TUF Series as an UK vs USA battle, and I cannot see a more fitting night for this night to occur. Both of these fighters plan on putting it all on the line, and this fight would be a great addition to a spectacular fight card.
Next I would like to see Cain Velasquez square off against an opponent of equal measure. Cain has been toted as the “Next Big Thing” in the UFC’s heavyweight division, but has yet to be challenged by any opponent. His 3-0 record in the octagon, (all by TKO), speaks for itself, this young man is ready to move up in his division, and a win over a caliber opponent could do just that.
Velasquez vs. Kongo would be a great fight for the card, and would help solidify a shot at the Mir/Lesnar winner in UFC 98. Heavyweight hopefuls like Shane Carwin or Mostafa Al Turk would also present a huge challenge to Velasquez and make for an exciting fight. I hope the UFC agrees with me and lets these fighters start meeting in the cage.
Finally, in the lightweight division, I hope to see Josh Neer take on the winner of Joe Stevenson vs. Diago Sanchez. With his victory over Mac Danzig, Neer has shown that he’s ready to take on the best the division has to offer, and I think the victor of Stevenson/Sanchez would be a fitting opponent.
Fans are excited to see what Sanchez can do in the lightweight division, and “Joe Daddy” is ready to make another climb to the top of the lightweight ladder. All three of these fighters like to stand and bang, so seeing any combination of the three would make for a great opening fight on the 4th.
Will we see all these fights wrapped into one giant Pay-Per-View event? I hope so. One thing is for sure, Dana White and the UFC will not let this opportunity go to waste, and UFC 100 will surely be the biggest event yet…and I can’t wait to see it.