UFC 153: 5 Potential Fights to Save the Card
Here we go again.
It seems like when it rains, it pours. Now, following the cancellation of UFC 151 due to injuries to just one fighter in the main event, UFC 153 today saw BOTH the co-main and the main event lose a fighter due to injury.
Dana White announced both injuries via Twitter.
Rampage is hurt and out of UFC 153 RIO. SUCKS!!!!!!— Dana White (@danawhite) September 11, 2012
Now Aldo is out with foot injury. Main and co main in the same day!! Another amazing day at the UFC. We have some work to do— Dana White (@danawhite) September 11, 2012
Many fighter claimed they tried to save UFC 151, but all efforts were unsuccessful. Now, with UFC 153 on the verge of collapsing, I present to you five fights that could possibly be made that would save the card and possibly even make it one of the best cards to 2012.
Frankie Edgar vs. Chan Sung Jung
Frankie Edgar is coming off of back-to-back losses in the UFC lightweight division and many, including myself, thought the UFC jumped the gun a little to go ahead and give Edgar a featherweight title shot.
With the injury to Jose Aldo, it gives Edgar a chance to prove himself first at 145, and one name that comes to mind is Chan Sung Jung.
Jung is coming off a spectacular win against Dustin Poirier last May and many consider him deserving of a featherweight title shot more than Koch, Ricardo Lamas and Frankie Edgar.
Now, the potential Fight of the Year can get booked and take place as the main event of UFC 153 in Rio.
Glover Teixeira vs. Chael Sonnen
Chael Sonnen was all about coming to his company's aid when Dan Henderson was injured before UFC 151. Now, he has a chance to do it again with Rampage Jackson going down with injury and Glover Teixeira needing a new opponent at 205.
Sonnen is expected to face Forrest Griffin later this year, but the UFC may need him to step up and face Teixeira in the main event in Rio.
While it's likely the UFC will try and get another main event and place Teixeira on down the main card somewhere against a lower ranked opponent than Sonnen, if Dana White is unable to find someone, Sonnen's name value carries a lot of weight and a battle against a Brazilian in Brazil would make for a great last minute main event.
Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber
I'm not going to lie, but I saw this on Twitter and thought it sounded pretty legit.
I know it sounds crazy, but Faber really doesn't have much left at 135 and a return to the featherweight division might do him well.
Even if it's not permanent, Faber could save the day and give the UFC another potential superfight if he was to step up and take on Frankie Edgar.
And just saying, I'd pay for that fight.
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen III
I know, I know, but desperate times call for some serious desperate measures.
Maybe even have the fight at light heavyweight, so there isn't any title controversy.
Many fans say they don't want to see this fight again, but come on: last minute, new weight division, and in Rio? This could be the best injury replacement fight in UFC history and if both men are "100 percent here for their company" like they say they are, this fight could very well happen.
Anderson Silva vs. Rashad Evans
Anderson Silva said he stepped up to the plate and wanted to save UFC 151, but he was just too late. Now, the same kind of injury crisis is happening to a card that is in his home country of Brazil.
Why not save this card, too?
The Sonnen fight is the one I'd like to see because the storyline, but the most legit possibility is a possible fight between Silva and Rashad Evans.
It wasn't that long ago we were talking about the potential superfight when Evans spoke out about wanted to possibly drop to 185 and welcomed a fight with the greatest fighter of all time.
With UFC 153 losing both their co-main and the main event for the card, both men can step in and save the day with a fight that will have fans talking for years.
What fight would make you still want to watch this card? Let me know in the comments below!