The Centennial Spectacular: UFC 100
The time has come. UFC 100 is finally right around the corner with a stacked card that people will talk about for ages.
Three main events, two titles on the line and a fight for national supremacy from "The Ultimate Fighter" series.
In one main event, the two coaches from the more recent edition of TUF will go to war as the Brit, Michael Bisping (17-1) faces the American Dan Henderson (24-7).
Henderson comes to this fight in the midst of a comeback after losing both the PRIDE belts he held so dearly to Quinton Jackson and Anderson Silva at UFC 75 and 82 respectively. Since then, Henderson has won two decisions (to Rousimar Palhares and Rich Franklin).
Bisping has been on a roll as of late. Since moving to Middleweight, "The Count" has gone 3-0, skyrocketing up the 185lb ladder. His streak includes wins over Charles McCarthy at UFC 83, Jason Day at UFC 85 and Chris Leben at UFC 89.
This fight will determine the number one contender to Anderson Silva's Middleweight Title, something Bisping has craved since dropping from Light-Heavyweight but also something Henderson has been waiting for since being the first man to win a round over the best "pound-for-pound" fighter in the world at UFC 82.
The first of two title fights on the card has the Welterweight Champion George St. Pierre (18-2) duking it out with Thiago Alves (16-3).
GSP has been dominant in his UFC career, avenging both of his losses in devastating fashion and has been tearing through the Welterweight division since making his UFC debut back in early 2004. He has won 11 out of his last 12 fights and is 5-0 since the upset loss to Matt Serra at UFC 69.
Alves is on a seven-fight win streak that includes a who's who of the 170lb division. Karo Parisyan, Josh Koscheck, Matt Hughes, all names you've heard, all fighters put down by the Pitbull.
Both are very confident going into this fight and both have something to fight for. Not only does "Rush" retain the belt with a win, but it sets up a possible superfight with Anderson Silva. Alves, with a win, solidifies the Brazillian as one of the top fighters in the world.
The main event of the evening features a rematch of UFC 81 when UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (3-1) looks to become the undisputed champion when he faces interim Heavyweight champ Frank Mir (12-3).
Lesnar has proven to be the strongest fighter in the world today. This fight means avenging his only MMA loss as he tapped to Mir due to a kneebar in February 2008. Lesnar has dominated his last two fights. The first in his native Minnesota at UFC 87 when he took out Heath Herring and then at UFC 91, defeated Randy Couture to capture the 265lb crown.
Mir hasn't been as Brock in the same time span. Mir is on a three-fight win streak that includes the aforementioned victory over the former WWE Champion. He is 4-2 since his motorbike accident and wants to reclaim his status as the number one heavyweight in the UFC.
If what we saw before was an indication, Lesnar/Mir 2 will exceed the hype and is the early favourite for Fight of the Night honours.
These three fights, a Hall of Famer on the undercard, Jon Fitch, C.B. Dollaway, Mac Danzig and Stephan Bonnar (the man who lost the number one greatest fight in UFC history as voted by the fans for the TV special countdown, The Ultimate 100: Greatest Fights in UFC History). It is UFC 100, check your local cable/satellite provider for instructions on how to order or go to a local sports bar, most will be showing.
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