|UFC 100: Handicapping tonight's big fights|
|Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir||
Lesnar, top, is probably more known for his turn as a World Wrestling Entertainment superstar. The hulking behemoth doesn't look like a mixed martial arts star — he's 6-foot-3 and had to cut weight to get down to the heavyweight limit of 265 pounds — but he has emerged as a force and people forget he was an NCAA champion wrestler at Minnesota. He has to win over some diehards, however. He got a title shot when he was just 1-1 (he's 3-1 now), and a lot of purists see him as a marketing phenomenon more than a mixed martial artist. His win over the older but legendary|
Randy Couture to capture the heavyweight title may have dispelled some of those notions, but others point to his first fight with Mir (12-3) as proof he is an overblown, one-dimensional fighter. In that fight, Lesnar used his power to dominate but rushed the finish — big no-no in MMA — and Mir, despite being on his back, was able to lock down Lesnar's leg and get a submission. Mir is the more well-rounded fighter, but he will need another misstep by Lesnar to put his jujitsu skills to good use.
|Georges St.-Pierre vs. Thiago Alves||The purists and diehards chafed by Lesnar point to this fight as the real main event, and it's pretty tough to argue. St.-Pierre, top, may be the heir apparent to Chuck Liddell as the face of the UFC. The 170-pound welterweight champ is 18-2 after a lopsided victory over B.J. Penn and has avenged both his losses. Many consider him the best pound-for-pound fighter in the game. Alves (22-4), who trains in Coconut Creek, is bigger, maybe stronger, and has won all seven of his fights — including a victory over Matt Hughes — since his last loss in 2006. St.-Pierre is favored, but this may be his most dangerous opponent to date.|
|Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping||Henderson (24-7), top, is a former heavyweight and light-heavyweight champion in Japan's PRIDE, the former MMA fighting championships that was a precursor to the UFC's success, and his resume is long and impressive. Though Bisping is 18-1 and the younger fighter, he will be the smaller fighter in this 185-pound bout and is the least likely of the main event fighters to win tonight.|