UFC have a show coming up at the end of September and a lack of available champions. TJ Dillashaw should not headline this show - he should be a strong co-main in his opponents home country of Brazil. Neither Lawler nor Brown should be ready for this date and maybe not Hendricks either. Mighty Mouse could do it, but again - he's better as a strong co-man or TV Main at this time. It's theoretically possible that Weidman and Belfort could be ready and if so - scrap any of this and do that, for goodness sake. That said - if that's not the case I think the two best options are gimmick shows - Heavyweights or Women's Bantamweights.
If I were to run a Heavyweights show I'd want to run it around the idea of JDS vs. Overeem finally and a retirement bout between Frank Mir and Big Nog. I'd put both of them, along with Brock Lesnar, into the UFC Hall of Fame on July 4th Weekend and announce the fight. Supporting that I'd book Travis Browne vs. Stipe Miocic and Bigfoot vs. Barnett. That is a strong 4 fight card, you can add whoever is ready for the date between a multitude of other names. If Arlovski were to beat Shuab and be ready for the date, I'd go with him. Soa Palelei and Gabriel Gonzaga are both good names to toss on as the opener also. Either way, this is a card that sells to hardcore and casual fans and doesn't call for giving away anything too spectacular nor rushing a title fight.
The other option is a bit more of a long-shot but could work in a pinch too, although it calls for at least one big name signing to occur. I'd do the first ever all Women's PPV, headlined by Miesha Tate and Gina Carano. Tate is a big enough name to work as a comeback opponent for Gina and giving Gina a big platform for her return is a good idea and for the money she'll be asking for a PPV Main Event is a good idea too. I'd also promote the return of Cat Zigano vs. Sara McMann, a grudge rematch between Sarah Kaufman and Jessica Eye and a rematch of the Ultimate Fighter season highlight fight with Jessamyn Duke vs. Raquel Pennington. Toss Liz Carmouche on the card and it's, at the very least, a card that will be fueled by some curiosity and should provide good fights.
These cards would allow for the UFC to stack the rest of their calendar year with major co-main events and marquee match ups without using anything that could be an effective co-main and hurting it by making it an especially ineffective Main Event, like they have recently with 173 and the upcoming 174. A gimmick show to fill a date is actually a way to excite people without needing to sacrifice someone like Mighty Mouse or Dillashaw to the meat grinder of media stories about whether they're ready and instead allow them to comfortably co-headline shows, build their name and ready them for, down the line, some headlining slots when they are ready and have the right opponents.
What do you think? Is this a good or workable idea?