Criteria: The following criteria is relevant & poignant: A great card is filled with great fights. A great fight is a fight in which it is hard to predict the winner OR one in which the underdog wins. This card has that in spades.
1. Liddell/Evans (Liddell is the favorite) -- I don't think we've ever seen liddell fight a Freestyle Wrestler of Evans' caliber, but the consensus seems to be that Liddell will be able to prevent the takedown. I think not.
2. Franklin/Hamill (Franklin is the favorite) -- Franklin, for the first time in a while, is fighting a guy who is significantly bigger. Also, Hamill is an accomplished wrestler who thrives on physically overpowering opponents. The consensus is that Rich's striking ability will stop Hamill. I think this is misled because people are so use to seeing Rich as the bigger and stronger guy. He isn't bigger, or stronger, in this fight.
3. Henderson/Palhares (Henderson is the favorite) -- Henderson has excellent wrestling, lots of experience, and knock out power. The consensus is that he will use his wrestling to achieve top position and his experience to avoid a submission. This leaves his superior striking for a TKO victory over Palhares. I don't think anybody truly appreciates how good Palhares BJJ is. Here is a guy who wants to be on his back and he's fighting a guy who will put him on his back.
4. Kampmann/Marquardt (This one varies but Marquardt was the favorite and still is on many sites) -- Marquardt is well rounded with standout Jiu Jitsu. Kampmann is well rounded with standout Striking. The consensus is difficult to come to in this fight but the majority believe that this fight will end up on the ground and that Marquardt's superior JJ will prevail. I say: does Marquardt really want to take it to the canvas, he has had delusions of striking in the past. If he stands, he will realize that Kampmann DOES have knock out power (contrary to many pundits). Also, Kampmann is no slouch on the ground.
So, if all these fights end in upset, it will be hard to deny UFC 88's place in the history books as one of the greatest cards of all time.