UFC 146: If Overeem Out… Fight Card Options

OK, so I’ve talked about this before and I understand that it may not have been very clear. So Here I am again to really muddle the water…

Here’s the fight card as it stands now, with Overeem still in it:

MAIN CARD (PPV)
Champ Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem (title fight)
Frank Mir vs. Cain Velasquez
Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Silva
Shane Del Rosario vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve

…and how about this kick-ass Prelim card? Amazing, right?

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX/Facebook/UFC.com)
Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins
Edson Barboza vs. Evan Dunham
C.B. Dollaway vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller
Paul Sass vs. Jacob Volkmann
Dan Hardy vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira
Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda

OK, so getting back to the Main Card.

If Mir is brought in to face Dos Santos: The Verdum Solution

MAIN CARD (Mir moves up. Verdum brought in)
Champ Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir (title fight)
Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Verdum
Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Silva
Shane Del Rosario vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve

If Mir is brought in to face Dos Santos: Silva up, Mitrione brought in

MAIN CARD (Mir moves up. Verdum brought in)
Champ Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir (title fight)
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione
Shane Del Rosario vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve

The problem is that so many of the qualified UFC heavyweights are either injured/medically suspended because they just fought, booked on another card or already on this card!

If Mir is brought in to face Dos Santos: Crazy Town Fedor

MAIN CARD (Mir moves up. Fedor brought in)
Champ Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir (title fight)
Cain Velasquez vs. Fedor Emelianenko
Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Silva
Shane Del Rosario vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve

If Mir is brought in to face Dos Santos: Crazy Town Sylvia

MAIN CARD (Mir moves up. Sylvia brought in)
Champ Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir (title fight)
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
Roy Nelson vs. Tim Sylvia
Shane Del Rosario vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve

There’s a twitter campaign (#rallyforMarkHunt) to get Mark Hunt moved up to the Main Event against Junior Dos Santos. If that were to happen, it would be even easier to slide Mitrione or Sylvia into the card against Struve. But that ain’t gonna happen. Is it?

Now, if we open up the card to fighters outside the UFC, we can have a little more fun… but that is a post for another time!