We all heard the rumors that have been surrounding UFC 100 for the last couple of months.
Every title was going to be on the line.
Georges St. Pierre would fight Anderson Silva.
Dana White built a time machine, revisited the set of Way of the Dragon, and convinced Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee to go best two out of three for the undisputed title of best roundhouse kick ever.
Superman vs. Batman was on the under-card.
Well, it's not happening. UFC champs typically fight three times each year. You can't have all of them fight on the same night, it would throw the whole system off. Dana's flux capacitor ran out of plutonium. Superman was willing to sign, but Batman is busy in pre-production for his next blockbuster.
On the bright side, there is still hope for GSP vs. Silva, provided everything works out. It's just not going to happen at UFC 100.
And that's O.K.! Come on, people! Let's give a round of applause for what could be the best card ever. Two champs are putting their titles on the line. Two of the biggest PPV draws at the disposal of the UFC will compete, one right after the other.
Lesnar generates PPV buys in bunches, thanks to his fame and freakish athletic abilities. He's going to fight the only man to ever beat him. And the winner unifies the title! Wake up! That's great!
Just before that, St. Pierre takes on Alves, who has become a monster at 170 lbs. How he ever makes weight is beyond me. By the time the bell rings, it will have been over three years since Alves lost a fight.
He's on a seven-fight streak, most recently putting down Koscheck, Hughes, Parisyan and Lytle. He's no tomato can, not by a long shot, and if Georges wins, then we will (in all likelihood) get to see him take on Anderson Silva! Hot damn!
Back up one more spot and you'll find Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping gearing up to lock horns. Old Lion vs. Young Lion, and Henderson still looks great.
His last two fights, he put away a surprisingly game Rousimar Palhares and perennial contender Rich Franklin, who, by the way, has only lost to two other men: Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida.
That says a lot about what Dan Henderson still has to offer. Not to take anything away from Bisping, either. He's 18-1. That says it all.
On top of all this, Yoshihiro Akiyama makes his UFC debut. This world ranked middleweight hasn't lost since his second fight ever, way back in early 2005.
Since then, he's put away some formidable opponents, including a first round knockout of Canadian Denis Kang, who his opponent, Alan Belcher, defeated in his last outing.
And, as an afterthought, the undercard sports names like Jake O'Brien, Dong Hyun Kim, and C.B. Dollaway.
Lest we forget, the UFC does not always grace us with this kind of "no filler" card. Anybody remember UFC 93? Franklin / Henderson was the headliner. How about UFC 95, Sanchez vs. Stephenson? Granted, I'll take my free pay per views any way I can get them, but if you put a number in the title, it counts. It wasn't just UFC Fight Night.
UFC 96 wasn't exactly star-studded either, and that one wasn't free. UFC 98 has Machida vs. Evans, but what else does it have to offer? Hughes vs. Serra? Maybe if you let St. Pierre fight Hughes and Serra simultaneously, it would hold more appeal.
So, here we are. Godzilla won't be mixing it up with King Kong, but we've got some great fights to look forward to. I know I'll be ponying up to see this one, recession or not, and I won't be the only one.
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