By Benjamin Bieker
Dana White is always usually tightlipped about what the main events of PPVs before they they are announced, but that all changed in the pre-fight media scrum for UFC 161. The president let the floodgates open with UFC 165, 166, and 167, and believe this those are going to be some PPVs to watch just based on their main events.
While it was being considered for the main event of the first Fox Sports 1 card it looks like Benson Henderson will be going back to PPV. The last two times he defended the title was on Fox, and the last time he fought on PPV was at UFC 150. For those that do not remember, UFC 150 was plagued by Direct TV going down that night. This time he may face one of his toughest test to date as a champion in TJ Grant who has been a monster since moving down to 155. This fight will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as part of the hometown showdown through Harley Davidson.
Lyoto Machida was supposed to get his title shot after his win over Dan Henderson, but even as Dana White said the company makes the fight that people want to see. That is what happened here since now Alexander Gustafsson and Jon Jones have gotten their wish to face each other. Canada will be blessed to have that fight since the light-heavyweight title will be up for grabs in Toronto on September 21st. This will be the third year in a row that Jones has defended his title in September since he beat Vitor last year and Rampage Jackson the year before. Is the third time the charm as well?
The rubber match is hitting Texas, because the heavyweight title will be up for grabs in Houston. Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos will be able to cap their awesome rivalry with a third match. While it is well known, JDS took the title from Velasquez with a first round knockout, but then Velasquez came back to capture the title by beating JDS for five rounds to regain his title. What happens here is anyone’s guess, but after their shellackings of Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva respectively who is not excited for this fight?
Johny Hendricks must have fallen on his knees and thanked whoever he prays to, because his prayers have just been answered since he will get his shot at Georges St Pierre. The fight will be in the supposed fight capital of the world in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hendricks has had one of the longest roads to the title, and he truly believes that GSP’s title belongs to him. Well, come this November, Hendricks will be locked in a cage opposite of St. Pierre, and he will have five rounds to prove to the fans, judges, and to himself that he is the champion. That is of course if it does go five rounds.
What are your thoughts?