It is hard not to have high expectations for UFC 100. The century mark has such a nice ring to it. If things go according to plan then we should be able to identify three main-card fights planned for what could be the greatest fight card in UFC history.
The first fight features welterweight-champion Georges St. Pierre taking on dangerous No. 1 contender Thiago Alves. Despite St. Pierre’s recent dominance, some are picking Alves to pull off the upset.
Dana White has confirmed the fight will likely headline UFC 100. If St. Pierre were to win, a superfight with Anderson Silva could be on the horizon. If Alves wins, the welterweight division is blown wide open.
The next fight, which would likely be the co-main event, would pit former light-heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson against current champion Rashad Evans. This fight hinges on whether Jackson can dispose of Keith Jardine at UFC 96.
If Jackson loses, expect Lyoto Machida to fight Evans. Either fight would be a great title fight, as Evan and Machida are both undefeated.
The third rumored fight could be between TUF 9 coaches Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping. Dana White has confirmed that Bisping is just one win away from a crack at middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.
For Henderson, a win could be what he needs to get his rematch with Silva. Henderson is the only fighter in the UFC to take a round from Silva, despite losing that fight in the second round.
So, will the UFC be able to build a bigger card than the UFC 92 card, which took place on Dec. 27, and was dubbed “Ultimate 2008?”
That fight card featured a light heavyweight title fight between Forrest Griffin and Rashad Evans, the interim-heavyweight title fight between Frank Mir and Antonio Nogueria, and a grudge match between Quinton Jackson and Wanderlei Silva.
The numbers haven’t been confirmed, but Dana White said that show broke the record for the most PPV buys in UFC history.
What will really separate UFC 100 from other fight cards will be how Dana White fills the final two main-cards. White could stack a third title fight if he wanted. A lightweight title fight between B.J. Penn and Kenny Florian is on the horizon.
But right now it seems more likely the UFC will use that fight to bolster the UFC 99 card in Cologne, Germany.
A superfight between Anderson Silva and Chuck Liddell has been rumored. Dana White has said that if both fighters win their respective fights at UFC 97, they could face off.
If both men are healthy coming out of those fights, they could be ready for 100, which takes place three months later. A fight between the two ultra-skilled strikers could send UFC 100 over the top, from a marketing standpoint.
The one weight class not represented in rumors is the heavyweight division. The most marketable fight the UFC could be between Randy Couture and Antonio Nogueria. Like the Penn-Florian fight, that fight has been more connected to the UFC 99 card.
Nothing is set in stone until the ink dries on fight contracts. One heavyweight fighter who should be included is Cain Velasquez, if not at UFC 99.
So what other fights would you like to see take place at UFC 100, outside of the three headline fights that should take place if everything goes off without a hitch?