- Jun 28, 2012
- Reaction score
Personally, I think they should have a main event that introduces some of the former Strikeforce fighters to familiarize them with the casual fans.
Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier (5-Round Main Event)
Reason: The fight was made before but unfortunately got cancelled. Cormier wants this fight and it makes sense, both are top HWs and a win over the other would be great for their careers. Also a free heavyweight 5-round main event will draw in viewers.
Shogun Rua vs. Gegard Mousasi
Reason: Shogun seems to be on a decline and Gegard is steadily rising. If Shogun can beat Gegard he can prove he's still a force at 205. On the other hand, if Gegard beats Shogun we have a potentially new contender.
Martin Kampmann vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Reason: Kampmann is coming off a knockout loss to Hendricks in what was thought to be a #1 contender match. He's still a top guy and would be a good test for Saffiedine. Saffiedine's loss to Woodley back in 2011 has made some people question how he'd do against the top wrestlers at WW but I think a fight against an exciting striker in his debut is the best way to start him off. If he can get past Kampmann then let's see him take on a wrestler.
Alan Belcher vs. Ronaldo Souza
Reason: Belcher was near-contention going into his fight with Okami that he soon after lost via UD. He's gonna want a good name to rebound from, insert Ronaldo Souza. He's got improved stand-up, a great ground game and is coming off a fairly easy first round submission over UFC fighter Ed Herman. Souza has the potential to be a top guy at MW and if he can beat Belcher it'll let everyone in the division know he's the real deal.
Jim Miller vs. Josh Thomson
Reason: Miller is obviously a formidable guy at LW, he lost to top guys in Bendo & Nate but has won against Lauzon and Guillard. Thomson on the other hand is coming off a loss to Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez in a split-decision that some felt he won. Thomson is currently not ranked in the top 10 but a win over Miller will definitely break him in.
Additional - Joe Lauzon vs. Pat Healy would be interesting.