After weeks of speculation, we are less then 24 hours away from the announcement of the first UFC on FOX main event.
Dozens of matchups have been floating around as possibilities for the card, some more likely than others, but these five are some of the more intriguing.
This fight would almost seem a bit anticlimactic if it were the main event since both men have expressed interest in fighting each other on the card, but more so because neither fighter brings a lot of star power to the fight.
There’s no doubt that this would be a potential fight of the year candidate, since both Guida and Henderson are immensely entertaining. However, it seems like a lot of fans would be disappointed if these two headlined the card.
Both Franklin and Ortiz are coming off of losses in their last bouts, but a fight between two of the more popular fighters in MMA history would make a whole lot of sense. Plus, it would certainly gain interest from the casual fan, which has to be the main goal for their network television debut.
The only potential problem with this fight is that Ortiz just fought twice in barely over a month and may need more time to recover before returning to the Octagon.
The two former light heavyweight champions are tied at one win a piece against each other and a rubber match would make sense after Shogun’s quick win over Forrest Griffin last weekend.
Dana stated numerous times that he was going to watch the fights in Brazil before making a concrete decision about the FOX card and since he ruled Anderson Silva out, it seems likely that he was watching Rua-Griffin fight to make sure the winner came out unharmed.
The current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion has been rumored to return to the UFC for about a month now and a high profile fight between two heavy-handed strikers would be awfully appealing to the UFC.
While Henderson would probably prefer an immediate title shot, a top contenders bout on free TV would be a pretty decent fall back and Belfort is the only top guy without an opponent already locked up.
Belfort would also have plenty to gain from the fight and would have an opportunity to avenge the loss that came in his final PRIDE appearance.
A lot of people are hoping that Brock Lesnar is able to fight one of these two on the card, but since an early 2012 return was considered optimistic for Brock just a few months ago, that doesn’t seem likely.
The addition of Overeem would be huge for the UFC’s heavyweight division. Mir is the highest ranked heavyweight without an opponent, so it seems logical that he would get the call to welcome "The Reem" to the UFC.