Today, the UFC confirmed that three “superfights” will headline their monumental UFC 100 event, with both the welterweight and heavyweight titles on the line.
Surprisingly, welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre’s fight against the up-and-coming Thiago Alves will co-headline the night’s card. The 170-pound brawl was initially intended to be the night’s final fight.
“Georges St-Pierre may be the most athletically gifted welterweight champion in UFC history, but at UFC 100 he will face his toughest challenge yet,” White said. “Thiago Alves is a Muay-Thai wrecking machine who, like St-Pierre, is huge for a welterweight.”
Normally you would never see GSP get bumped, however the UFC couldn’t pass on the opportunity to showcase heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar as the night’s main event.
Once the organization received word that interim champ Frank Mir would be cleared to compete after recent knee surgery, the UFC knew that the rematch would be a great opportunity to bolster the popularity of their weakest division.
“Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir put on one of the most intense one round fights I’ve ever seen at UFC 81,” White stated. “On July 11, these guys have their chance to do it again. And while a lot has happened for these two since that first fight, I know the rematch is going to be just as intense as the first one – especially considering that the winner walks away as the UFC heavyweight champion.”
The Ultimate Fighter 9 coaches, Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson, will square off in a 185-pound matchup. It is an extremely important tilt for both fighters as they hope to push their way into the title picture.
“[Michael Bisping] is getting better and better with each fight, but the true test for him will be Dan Henderson,” UFC president Dana White stated. “Henderson’s one of the best fighters of this era. He’s dangerous wherever the fight goes, and he’s got more world-class experience than almost anyone out there. I’m really looking forward to this, and I think the winner will be the guy who fights the perfect fight on July 11.”
UFC 100 will be jumping off from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 11th.