UFC 100 is, quite simply, the biggest event in the history of mixed martial arts. We've got all the details and predictions for the televised fights below.
What: UFC 100
When: The undercard starts at 7 PM ET Saturday and the televised card begins at 10.
Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas
How: You can buy it for $44.95 on UFC.com or pay-per-view ($54.95 in HD), or you can just follow along with our live coverage here at FanHouse.
Predictions on the five televised fights:
Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir
I've gone back and forth on the main event, and I still can't decide how I think it's going to turn out. On their feet, Lesnar has a long reach and devastating punching power, while Mir uses kicks effectively in the stand-up game. On the ground, Mir's jiu jitsu is outstanding, while Lesnar was an NCAA heavyweight champion wrestler. I could see this fight ending any number of ways, and I might change my mind between now and Saturday night, but right now I'm betting on a back-and-forth fight that goes the distance, with Mir winning three rounds to Lesnar's two.
Predicted winner: Mir
Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves
As great a main event as Mir vs. Lesnar is, I think this welterweight title fight has to be considered the favorite for the Fight of the Night award. St. Pierre is arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, but Alves, who's a little bigger and stronger than St. Pierre and has devastating kicks and knees, might be his most dangerous opponent yet. I expect St. Pierre to do his best to keep the fight on the ground, and that's where he'll win it.
Predicted winner: St. Pierre
Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping
The battle of the two Ultimate Fighter coaches is Bisping's chance to earn a shot at the middleweight title, but for all Bisping has accomplished in the UFC, I just don't think he's in Henderon's class. I think Henderson is better both on his feet and on the ground and I look for him to finish Bisping in the second round.
Predicted winner: Henderson
Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago
Here's something fascinating about this fight: Hardly anyone knows who Thiago is, and yet if he beats Fitch, he'd have a very strong case for being the No. 1 welterweight contender and the next challenger to the St. Pierre-Alves winner. Thiago, after all, has won all 11 of his pro fights, has dominated most of his opponents, and is coming off a first-round TKO win over Josh Koscheck. If he beats Fitch, it'll be two straight wins over consensus Top 10 welterweights. I don't think he's going to get that win, though, as I think Fitch is just too good an all-around fighter and will find some weaknesses in Thiago's stand-up game.
Predicted winner: Fitch
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher
Although most fans I know wish the Mark Coleman vs. Stephan Bonnar fight was on the pay-per-view show instead of this one, this is an incredibly important fight for the UFC because it's the debut of Akiyama, a very popular fighter in Japan and South Korea. Belcher is a dangerous opponent for him, but I think Akiyama will use his world-class judo to take Belcher down and pound him out.
Predicted winner: Akiyama
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