A few months ago there was a thought that UFC 150 could become the gigantic event that UFC 100 was back in 2009. That will not be the case. However, the card is shaping up nicely with some intriguing fights and a main-event that can’t come soon enough for this writer.
As one-sided as Henderson’s dominance was in Japan I am probably more excited about this match coming up than any other after Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 2. I don’t think Henderson is that much better and I do expect Edgar to bring a competitive fight to Denver. I think all of the talk about Edgar being too light for the class was ridiculous. I look forward to Edgar bringing a new strategy which should make for an absolutely electric atmosphere in Denver.
Jake Shields makes his UFC debut at middleweight in the semi-main event and will take on The Ultimate Fighter 3 alum Ed Herman. I really like this fight for Shields’ debut although I think pushing Ed Herman to the semi-main event is about as ridiculous as telling people Frankie Edgar is too small to be a lightweight after a 14-1-1 record in the division. This is a fight set up for Shields to win with the long range goal here of finding Anderson Silva (or Chael) a new face at challenger in a division marred with parity. Shields should do well at middleweight in the UFC. I’d expect him to showcase his best here after a lackluster win over Yoshihiro Akiyama back at UFC 144.
Yushin Okami takes on Luiz Cane and Dennis Hallman goes up against Thiago Tavares to round out the pay per view portion of UFC 150. Both fights have nice potential in my opinion to be fast and exciting. I really am intrigued with the Hallman-Tavares fight. I am not a big Hallman fan so the thought of Tavares finishing him is something appealing to me.
UFC 144 with Edgar vs. Henderson on top did a nice buyrate of 375,000 buys. That is an impressive number after several disappointing buys with Frankie Edgar on top. I am inclined to think that a great deal of that 375,000 would be interested in a rematch. Unfortunately for the UFC the reality here is that this is a one-match card built on a guy that has a poor history of drawing buys. Did UFC 144 establish that MMA fans are starting to see Frankie Edgar as a draw? We will certainly find out on August 11.
Ben Henderson (16-2) vs. Frankie Edgar (14-2-1)
Ed Herman (20-7) vs. Jake Shields (27-6-1)
Dennis Hallman (51-14-2, 1 NC) vs. Thiago Tavares (17-4-1)
Luiz Cane (12-4, 1 NC) vs. Yushin Okami (26-7)