While I was cleaning the pile of dirty napkins and empty Sam Adams bottles littering my desk, I found my trusty old thinking cap. I put that sumbitch on and the brain engines immediately got to work on this little UFC 108 conundrum. It seems as though the world’s most prominent MMA organization has been cursed by gypsies lately as the majority of champions and top stars have all been riddled with diseases or injuries. The UFC 108 card has been especially cursed as the main event has seemingly changed seventeen times in the past two weeks. Goddamn gypsies.
Luckily, I have just the solution. With Big Nog out of his main event bout with Cain Velasquez, Meximelt is in desperate need of a worthy opponent. Shane Carwin is supposedly fresh off of knee surgery, plus he’s been guaranteed a shot at Brock Lesnar once the Minnesota-native shakes the Black Plague or whatever it is that’s ailing him. Frank Mir is set to fight Cheick Kongo a month earlier at UFC 107, and Mir doesn’t make much sense as an opponent for Brown Pride at the current juncture anyway, considering he’s coming off of a loss.
So, what should the UFC do?
Simple. Pluck Junior Dos Santos out of his scheduled fight with Gabriel Gonzaga and put him in Nogueira’s place against Nacho Fiesta. Dos Santos has looked like a man possessed since entering the UFC. His body of work up to this point — stoppages over Cro Cop, Werdum, and Stefan Struve — arguably warrants a title shot by itself. Point is, he is just as deserving as Velasquez is to be in a title eliminator bout. On top of that, a Velasquez-Dos Santos bout would answer serious questions about both men. We would see how Velasquez deals with an opponent who hits like a mack truck, and we would see how Dos Santos deals with a competitor with world class wrestling ability.
As for Gonzaga, guys like Mike Russow and Pat Barry would make sense as replacement opponents. I’m sure Heath Herring could be coerced into heading back into the Octagon. If none of those fighters were available, I bet Chris Tuchscherer would jump at the chance to get a re-match with the Brazilian, considering the controversial ending to their last bout.
Velasquez-Dos Santos is by no means a blockbuster main event worthy of the UFC’s year end show, but at this point the options are limited. Personally, I would do some serious negotiating with Dan Henderson and sign him and Nate Marquardt in the main event slot with Velasquez-Dos Santos and Evans-Silva as co-main events. But since it’s unlikely that Hendo comes to terms anytime soon, Velasquez-Dos Santos will have to do.