With UFC 100 now tentatively scheduled for the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on July 11, the much-anticipated event is now finally within grasp.
Even though the UFC has technically promoted over 100 cards, to get to the number 100 in the order of major UFC events is quite the occasion. It’s an occasion that many have high expectations for. An event of such great magnitude is certainly worthy of the UFC pulling out several stops to make it even more special than your typical UFC pay-per-view.
UFC 100 has to be big but that’s easier said than done. However, I have a few ideas regarding matchups that the UFC could conceivably schedule for the momentous occasion:
— Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves for the UFC welterweight title: This fight is going to happen the only questions is when? Can they hold it off until July? This would create a rather long layoff for Alves but in the interest of putting on the greatest card of all time how could you not include GSP?
— Rashad Evans vs. Rampage Jackson for the UFC light heavyweight title: This can only take place if Rampage defeats Jardine at UFC 96 in March. It would be almost a full year to the day that Jackson lost to Forrest Griffin and watching him finally put an end to Evans unbeaten streak would make me all sorts of warm and fuzzy on the inside!
— Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson: The head coaches of Team U.K. and Team U.S.A. are going to have to do battle at some point. So why not showcase this highly-anticipated middleweight matchup on such a grand stage? TUF has been such a big part of the UFC’s history so why highlight its influence on one of the biggest cards in company history?
— B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian for the UFC lightweight title: This is a fight that needs to happen and BJ will have plenty of time to rest up from the beating he suffered at the hands of GSP. He would have 5 months to rest up and be ready for Florian. I realize that this would cause Florian to be put on the shelf for 8 months but maybe they can schedule a tune-up for Florian in the meantime. I doubt he would object to keeping busy.
— Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: This is a fight that should have happened earlier but Couture walked away, came back and lost to Brock Lesnar. On one side you have the savvy UFC Hall of Famer and on the other you have the grizzled Pride superstar. Two of the best going head to head on a blockbuster card.
— Chuck Liddell vs Forrest Griffin: Teacher vs. student. Champion vs. champion. One of the biggest draws of all time going up against one of the biggest draws today. Teacher vs. student, it has all the makings of a classic war. This would be a great test for Griffin after suffering a devastating loss to Evans and it would sell a million PPV’s by itself. I know Liddell is fighting Shogun in March but he has fought on short rest before.
— Urijah Faber vs. Miguel Torres: Yes I know, These two are on the WEC roster but I did say this was fantasy didn’t I? Fans have been clamoring for this fight ever since Torres burst onto the scene last year. Two of the most dynamic young guns going head to head in front of 20,000 people. I can see this being the fight of the night.
— Diego Sanchez vs. Josh Koscheck: These two really need to settle the score. It wouldn’t hurt for Diego to jump back up to 170 for this fight. Their first fight was won by Diego and was very entertaining. Their second fight was as boring as could be and these two deserve another opportunity to show the fans what they can do. Hopefully this time around Diego won’t have a staph infection.
— Rich Franklin vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: A strong and rebuilt Rua against a tough UFC veteran in Franklin. Regardless of what happens in his fight with Liddell, Rua is always going to have his supporters and he would be going up against one of the most popular UFC stars of all time.
Input here is welcomed in the comment thread. Am I crazy or would this not be the most prolific card in UFC history? I was thinking of bringing in some old UFC veterans to add some spice but I think the fights I have listed will do. Let me know what you would do if you could be Joe Silva for a day and book UFC 100.