Making UFC 150 Special

Dec 10, 2011; Toronto, ON, Canada; UFC fighter Jon Jones after defeating fighter Lyoto Machida (not pictured) during a light heavyweight bout at UFC 140 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

For whatever reason our society has developed a fixation with base-ten numbers, more specifically multiples of the number fifty, and the UFC has attacked that fixation and made it into a money making machine starting with UFC 100.  The closest event the UFC has ever had that was similar to a Super Bowl was the jam-packed card of UFC 100 that featured two championship matches, and that “Super Bowl feel” can be replicated at UFC 150.

One hundred fifty is a number that represents longevity for the UFC and is a number that would give the event a historic feeling to it.  All it needs is a stacked card to make it one of the biggest events in the company’s history.

The UFC Lightweight Championship Re-match (Stop me if you’ve heard that before) of Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar has already been linked to this event along with a middleweight bout between Yushin Okami and Luiz Cane as well as Dennis Hallman versus Thiago Tavares in a lightweight affair.

The stars seem to be aligning with this card as it’s a reasonable date for a lot of the company’s top fighters to compete on as well top fighters that have recently or could possibly be signed.  With that being said, I’m going to play the role of Joe Silva, and fill out the rest of the card with fights that I believe would truly make UFC 150 a spectacle to be remembered.

Main Card

Light Heavyweight Championship – Jon Jones (c) vs Dan Henderson

Chris Shanks alluded to this fight possibly taking place on this card in an article he posted earlier today, and I absolutely love it.  It’s a fight that can garner an audience, but it just needs a deep under-card to  push it over the hill into a headliner of a top show.  The momentum of Jon Jones is in an upward trajectory and putting him back in the octagon as soon as possible would continue to groom him as one of the UFC’s top stars.

Lightweight Championship – Ben Henderson (c) vs Frankie Edgar

There’s not much to say about this fight since it’s already happening, but the idea of putting multiple championship fights on a card makes it feel like a big event.  It’s also a fight that promises to be action-packed, but it could also really help the lightweight division from a business perspective.  It’d be on a huge card, and the winner of this fight could come out of it as a huge star with a dominating win and a captivating post-fight interview.

Light Heavyweight Bout – Alexander Gustafsson vs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

Whenever there is a championship fight on a card I think it’s a great idea to put a top contenders fight in that same weight division on the under-card of that event.  If one of the fighters in the top contender’s bout wins in impressive fashion then he could be the next challenger for the title.  Personally, I think this a great fight between two talented, aggressive strikers.  It’s the proverbial up-and-comer against a veteran fight that could either make Gustafsson a name fighter or give Shogun another opportunity to regain the championship that he once held.

Middleweight Bout – Hector Lombard vs Brian Stann

One of the biggest UFC signings of the year was Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard.  A fight against another top middleweight in Brian Stann will answer the question if Lombard is truly among the elite in the middleweight division.  Not to mention that both of these men love to strike, and this fight has potential to be a slobberknocker.

Bantamweight Bout – Michael McDonald vs Brad Pickett

It’s hard to not call a 21 year-old fighter a prospect, but Michael McDonald has passed that label after thrashing Miguel Torres at UFC 145.  He is the future of the UFC Bantamweight Division and having him on the main card of one of the top PPVs of the year makes sense as it exposes him to a large audience.  Brad Pickett is a tough fighter that promises an action-packed fight, and he’d be another solid test for McDonald.

Lightweight Bout – Anthony Pettis vs Eddie Alvarez

Can you say potential fight of the year contender?  Eddie Alvarez is a free agent, and the UFC should definitely sign him in order to give their hard-core fans the dream fights that they desire to see.  Both fighters have made their names off not only their talent, but the spectacular fights that they are usually involved in.  This fight would do an fine job of setting the pace of the event.  The winner could also come out of the fight as the next challenger for the UFC Lightweight Championship.

FX Card

Featherweight Bout – Mark Hominick vs Diego Nunes 

Both fighters were at the top of the featherweight food chain, but after a couple of losses they have fallen down the ladder.  Although it’d be a tough fight for Hominick, it’d be a fun fight that would influence the television viewing audience to purchase the pay-per-view.

Middleweight Bout – Yushin Okami vs Luiz Cane 

Luiz Cane’s first fight in the middleweight division will be a tough one as he is facing Yushin Okami who will likely be motivated after losing his last two fights.

Welterweight Bout – John Maguire vs Matt Brown 

Matt Brown is made for television fights.  Although he won’t ever be on the top of welterweight division, he is the definition of scrappy fighter that could serve as a gatekeeper.  John Maguire is coming off a crazy win over DaMarques Johnson, and a dominating victory over Matt Brown would prove that he belongs in the UFC.

Lightweight Bout – Thiago Tavares vs Dennis Hallman 

Thiago Tavares has put together two straight wins over Sam Stout and Spencer Fisher and defeating Dennis Hallman would put him on the map in the lightweight division.

So there is the card I would book for UFC 150.  It would make the show seem like a big deal due how the stacked the main card would be with top fighters.  Now, we can only hope that the real UFC 150 is similar to that.

 

 

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