With the news breaking that Brock Lesnar pulling out of his scheduled November 21st title defense against Shane Carwin, the question remains , Now What?
I find it to be very unlikely that Carwin would take a fight with a “late” replacement. Title shots are not handed out like free tickets to UFC 104, and I doubt Carwin’s management team are going to be willing to take any chances.
What fight can the UFC set up as a replacement for Carwin vs. Lesnar, that will also be bigger than Tito Ortiz’s return to the Octagon? Save yourself the headache there isn’t one, so it’s time to find a co-main event.
The UFC could try and pull something from the December 12th card. A card that has a title fight with Penn vs. Sanchez and then a list of notable fights.
• Cheick Kongo vs. Frank Mir
• Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch
• Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida
For my money, I’d take Guida vs. Florian if the choice was mine.
The UFC could also just move Phil Baroni vs. Amir Sadollah to the main card, and still have a nice amount of “Free on Spike” fights to chose from.
In reality it appears with less than a month to go, the UFC may need to rely on Ortiz one last time to sell a main event. Given the chance, Ortiz will certainly be able to whip his fans into a frenzy and the mainstream to some extent. Armed with a video camera, a microphone and a “Run Forrest Run” T-shirt, vintage Ortiz can sell a Pay Per View. I’m sure he can push the great comeback angle, enough so that the event will not be an epic failure. The truth is Forrest Griffen vs. Tito Ortiz is a fight with two of the UFC’s biggest names, both with appeal to the casual fan.
The last option is a bit of a realistic long shot. The UFC makes a co-main event out of two fighters with big enough star power to pull it off, that are both willing to take a fight on one months notice.
Tell me 5oz’s readers, who available, uninjured, that is not commited to a fight already? Who would YOU mach up?