After Mr. Morris's fantastic UFC 101 card, I thought I'd try to follow up. So this is my card for UFC 102!
UFC 102: Proving Ground
Sept. 5, 2009
New York City
Madison Square Garden
Jason MacDonald vs. Jason Day
This is a loser leaves the UFC-type fight. Two guys who are in need of a win and will leave it all in the octagon! Just the kind of fight you need to start off an event.
Tim Boetsch vs. Houston Alexander
Tim Boetsch just lost at UFC 96, and Alexander is always unpredictable. This fight would be entertaining and most likely end in a knock-out. Another one of those lose- and-your-on-the-way-out fights. Both men could use this win!
Jim Miller vs. Mac Danzig
Two guys who have recently lost. Yes, my boy Jim Miller was dominated at UFC 96, but he'll bounce back! Mac Danzig has also had some bad luck lately. Both men will have to do some under-card work before being put back on the main card.
This fight would be a great test for both men.
Chael Sonnen vs. Alan Belcher
Chael Sonnen could use a win, the former WEC middleweight champion lost to Demian Maia in his recent UFC bout. Alan Belcher, on the other hand, beat Denis Kang. Belcher is set to fight at UFC 99 against Alessio Sakara.
This fight could benefit both men. If Sonnen wins he's back in good graces. If Belcher wins, he is now on the map! This could be a very entertaining fight!
Vinicius Magalhaes vs. Stephan Bonnar
I know the possibility of Bonnar on the under-card is slim, but I'm Joe Silva, so shut up!
This could be a very good fight! Bonnar lost to Jon ''Bones" Jones in his last fight, and needs to have a tune-up bout. Vinny last fought Ryan Bader at the TUF 8 finale, and will need to make a statement.
Both men will be looking to make an impact. It could make for an entertaining fight!
Carlos Condit vs. Jon Fitch
The former WEC welterweight champion is up against top contender Jon Fitch. The winner would most likely be fighting for the gold!
Condit would be coming off a win at UFN 18. Fitch would be coming off a win at UFC 94. Fitch and Condit would make a very entertaining fight, both men are machines! They'd test each other for three full rounds, definitely entertaining.
Keith Jardine vs. Matt Hamill
Why not? Throw a rising star (Hamill) against a tested gate-keeper (Jardine)!
This fight would tell us exactly where Hamill is at, and how Jardine handles his loss. Both men fought at UFC 96, and would be 100 percent ready! This could be a very exciting fight.
Yushin Okami vs. Patrick Cote
This is Cote's comeback fight, no tune-ups necessary!
Cote will be hungry for another title shot, who better to face than the man who's place he took at UFC 90.
Cote will be 100 percent by this time, and will want to fight someone who he can use to launch right back into title contention. Okami will be able to use this fight to launch him straight to a title fight! Both men have a win/win situation.
This fight should be entertaining, but yet could be boring! So I may have gambled with this one a little too much!
Mauricio Rua vs. Quinton Jackson
So this is what I'm thinking! Rampage won't be ready to fight at UFC 98, so they'll replace him with Lyoto Machida. That would leave Rampage to do some recovering and hang out with his family, also it would help his mental state.
So this would be his next fight!
Shogun will be coming off a win or loss to Liddell, and Rampage will be coming off a win at UFC 96! This is the fight that should've happened at UFC 86!
Both men will be looking for a title shot with a win (if Shogun beats Liddell). They are both dynamic strikers, and have KO power. Rampage will be looking to make a statement, as will Shogun. This is a likely "Fight Of The Night" winner, or "Knockout Of The Night Winner!"
This should be an exciting fight! (Just for the record, I pick Shogun over Liddell at UFC 97, but I'm saving that for What To Expect From UFC 97)!!!
B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian (Lightweight Title Fight)
This is a highly anticipated fight between two top 155-pound fighters. B.J's last fight was at UFC 94, and Kenny's last fight was at UFC 91!
This should be a great fight! Kenny has improved greatly since his last title shot, at UFC 64, and B.J is a monster at 155!
This is a very exciting main event. B.J has solid stand-up and a solid ground game. So does Kenny, he also has those razor-sharp elbows!
I see this being a bloody war between two great fighters, and UFC 102 going down as one of the best PPV's of 2009!