UFC 146 will be a heavyweight event when it goes does live from the MGM Grand on May 26th, 2012 and it is headlined by a heavyweight title fight of the ages. UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos takes his boxing against former K-1, Dream and Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.
The card as it stands features four heavyweight bouts including the highly anticipated battle of the strikers for the heavyweight title.
Former heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez square off in a title eliminator bout, loveable resident fat guy Roy Nelson takes on newcomer from the 'other' Zuffa brand, Antonio Silva and Gabriel Gonzaga looks to extend his second stint in the promotion as he takes on Shane Del Rosario.
On this night the very future for the next few months of the division will be decided and this writer digs the concept.
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The UFC and fight fans of all arts love a heavyweight tilt and it was evident when the UFC took a title fight between former champion Cain Velasquez and then contender Junior Dos Santos off of UFC 139 and debut the promotion's arrival on FOX with them.
Less then a minute later and a huge overhand right and the freight train known as 'Cigano' became the promotions new heavyweight champion. The 'hardcore' fans wish they got Ben Henderson vs. Clay Guida as well because with the slated headliners known for knockouts that it could've been an early night and it was.
I don't think the promotion would take so much flack had this been the main event of a pay per view but when you watch and hour for less then a minute of action you kind of expected to be left a little blue.
Let's disect my likes for this design:
We get answers and hype built in one night: Let's say we have a Dos Santos and Velasquez win, then we get a rematch between two of the most exciting fighters in the UFC not just the division. We could get FRank Mir and Alistair Overeem which is a class ic match up of striker vs. grappler. We also have past views from Mir about Overeem and his abilities.
People love heat and drama.
We also have the ability to have the winner of the contenders fight to start the trash talk with the winner while Joe Rogan talks to the main events winner and new champion. We've seen some awesome post-fight trash talk like Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson.
The division rankings get aligned: Roy Nelson, Gabriel Gonzaga, Shane Del Rosario and Antonio Silva will find their place with a win or a loss. We have two new additions and two old horses of the UFC. We could even see a cut following these fights which makes it interesting.
I hate having to play the guessing game for months myself.
I have heard a former argument about divisional cards where every main card fight is fought within one division. That could lead to all sorts of problems as injuries and rankings could make it hard for Joe Silva to get the best fights possible.
UFC on FOX 2 solved a lot of open doors as Chael Sonnen, Chris Weidman, Michael Bisping, Damein Maia, Phil Davis and Rashad Evans solved two number one contenders and who was near but still a fight or two away from their opportunity
We also now know a lot more about who is closer then expected (Bisping) and who is still needing to get their game up before a title fight (Weidman/Davis).
Well, what do yo think Maniacs'?.