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Best Upcoming Cards
I won't hate on Joe Silva and Dana White too much. I'm looking forward to UFC 79. I'll be rooting for Wanderlei and Sokoudjou. It is, by no means the best card coming up. Looking through my secondary league on MMA Playground, I was upset to find M-1 was not being considered by the playground guys a major event, even though it will be probably be the best event of the year.
Here are my best three cards and a few notable fights coming up on them. The guys that are really going to make the card fun to watch are bolded.
1) M-1's Yarrenoka Saitama NYE Card
The Card: Pride Heavyweight ChampionFedor Emelianenko vs. Hong Man Choi
Shinya Aoki vs. K-1 lightweight champion Gesias "JZ" Calvancanti
DEEP champion Hidehiko Hasegawa vs. Hyato "Mach" Sakurai
Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
Kazuo "The Grabaka Hitman" Misaki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Luis Azredo vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Also rumored: Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen, Roman Zentsov and Aleksander Emelianenko.
NOTE: Misaki and Azredo are both way behind in the odds on their fight, but both guys have enough experience that they'll make it a war either way.
2) WEC 31
WEC Middleweight champion Paulo Filho vs. Chael Sonnen
WEC Featherweight champion Urijah Faber vs. Jeff "Big Frog" Curran
WEC Lightheavyweight champion Doug "Rhino" Marshall vs. Ariel Gandulla
Jens "Little Evil" Pulver vs. Cub Swanson
Brian Bowles vs. Marcos Galvao
Brian Baker vs. Eric Schambari
John Allessio vs. Todd Moore
Alex Karalexis vs. Ed Radcliff
Ian McCall vs. Charlie Valencia
NOTE: Though the undercard is an undercard in the sense that there are no big names on it, the main card has three title fights, which is something that we haven't see in a long, long time.
3) UFC 79: Nemisis
Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes
Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Lyoto Machida
Melvin Guillard vs. Rich Clementi
Soa Palalei vs. Eddie Sanchez
James Irvin vs. Luiz Arthur Kane
Manny Gamburyan vs. Nate Mohr
Jordan Radaev vs. Dean Lister
Tony DeSouze vs. Roan Carniero
Mark Bocek vs. Doug Evans
NOTE: While the main event gives us some much anticipated fights in Liddell v Silva and a third match between St. Pierre and Hughes, even the bottom of the main card is full of stepping stones. Sokoudjou v Machida and DeSouza v Carniero look to be the most serious matches in the bunch. Otherwise, the event is being used to hype Guillard, Palalei, Irvin, Gamburyan and Lister.
Honorable Mention: WCO: Babalu vs. Tiger (aka. the nostalgia card)
Vernon "The Tiger" White vs. Renato "Babalu" Sobral
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez vs. Mike Kyle
Gustavo Machado vs. Joe Riggs
2X UFC tournament champion Mark Kerr vs. Rick Roofus
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Armando Sanchez
Wesley "Cabbage" Correira vs. Jimmy "The Titan" Ambriz
Dave Gardner vs. Tiki Ghosn
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Last edited by IronMan; 12-09-2007 at 12:19 PM.