UFC: New Years Eve Show

Matt ScottCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2008

With the recent emergence of Affliction, as well as EliteXC gaining network television credibility, this years UFC "New Years Eve" show will be one for the ages. White wants to further display the UFC as the elite organization in the sport, and will put on the greatest show that the sport has ever seen.

The UFC and Dana White have publicly stated that the UFC will return to Montreal, and will do so on either November or December. The Montreal Canadiens have the Bell Center nearly booked for the entire month of November, so the obvious conclusion is to have in in December, another month where the arena is nearly entirely booked. The only possible alternative is to host the event in Montreal's Olympic Stadium, which would not be done for any event other than on New Years.

Main Event: Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn

Georges wants some time off, but this fight would be too much to turn down. Both fighters would jump at the opportunity. Georges could represent his home-town yet again, and B.J. would have his shot at redemption.

Co-Main Event: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir

It is becoming more and more likely that this fight will be on a PPV card, rather than the usual "TUF Finale." With the removal of Randy Couture from the UFC Heavyweight picture, the UFC needs to crown their next champion on a massive stage, in order to properly establish themselves.


Main Card: Mauricio Rua vs. Quinton Jackson

Rua has publicly stated that his next opponent will likely be Jackson, and with both of them coming off losses to Forrest Griffin, it will be a chance for both of them to redeem themselves.

Anderson Silva vs. Wanderlai Silva

Although Anderson has a scheduled fight in October, he wants to fight every two to three months, which is one of the reasons why he has been jumping to Light Heavyweight. This fight will not be a title fight, and will take place in the Light Heavyweight Division.

Lyoto Machida vs. Chuck Liddell

With the recent re-emergence of Chuck Liddell, Dana wants nothing more than for him to get a title shot against his pupil, Forrest Griffin. Lyoto is the number one contender, and although is likely deserving of a title shot, won't receive one.

Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra

They will both have time to recover from their previous fights, and we will likely get to watch arguably the greatest Welterweight ever fight in his last fight.

Brock Lesnar vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

Brock wants credible opponents, and White will continue to deliver. Gonzaga has proven himself to be a serious contender, and the winner should either be the number one contender, or the second (to Fabricio Werdum).


In short, expect to see the greatest card in the history of MMA.