Super Fights that should happen soon to make MMA great again:
UFC was recently sold to the WME-IMG group for $4.2 Billion dollars and this has been considered the highest transaction in sports history. With the rise of stars like Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor, people are getting to know the sport and showing interest in what is considered as one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It recently got more attraction than usual when its top star McGregor faced boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in a boxing bout. Despite such international popularity, there are other sports leagues like National Football League and National Hockey League that are more popular and generating higher revenue than the UFC. In order to compete with such big promotions, UFC must book some fan-pleasing super fights. This way we can see UFC standing a chance against such promotions and make the sport of Mixed Martial Arts as the biggest sport in the world. Here are some fights the UFC must book soon:
- Georges St Pierre vs. Anderson Silva: Two of the greatest of all times and the finest class of representatives of the sport, St Pierre and Silva are the top two best fighters to step inside the Octagon. The two have mutual respect and have maintained their friendship for a long time. A clash between the two would be the biggest super fight in the history of combat sports. Silva’s son had hinted about a super fight between the two legends before but there weren’t any serious talks. Despite, both the fighters beyond their prime, they can still put on a great show.
- Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg: This clash of two Brazilian seems likely to happen very soon. UFC President says it’s a fight to make. Cyborg who was initially lacking interest in this fight now has extended her support to turn this match into a reality. Nunes, on the other hand, had previously stated that she is in negotiations and very much would like to lock horns with the fellow Brazilian as it would mean more money. With both the champions who have cemented their spots as the very best in their respective division, it’s time to see who the toughest woman in the world is.
- Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic: Only last week, both the champions successfully defended their titles in their respective divisions, with DC happy to bounce back to victory from his ‘no contest’ bout with Jon Jones, and Miocic being the first to defend the UFC title for the third time in a row. The heavyweight king says that he doesn’t care about who his next opponent is, and Cormier has turned down this idea of a super fight as his training partner and friend Cain Velasquez is back to the gym and ready to get a shot at the UFC Heavyweight title. But a non-title fight between DC and Miocic would still do good business.
- Brock Lesnar vs. Jon Jones: As Jones wasted no time in challenging Lesnar post-UFC 214 main event; this fight could be a possibility. The WWE Universal Champion later stated told Jones to be careful of what he wishes for. Recently, UFC President Dana White revealed that Lesnar could make his comeback to the Octagon in 2018. If this is true, then a Jones vs Lesnar fight would be on the horizon. This would be a tough fight for Jones as the ‘Beast Incarnate’ has still got some gas left in his tank even at a late age of 40 and also the fact that Lesnar is huge in size.
- Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov: Many feel that Conor McGregor should be stripped of the title as it’s been over a year of absence from the Octagon. Tony Ferguson is the interim lightweight champion who will defend his title against Nurmagomedov. Most likely the winner of this bout will be promoted to undisputed status after the UFC strips McGregor of his title. But people want to see Khabib Nurmagomedov face ‘The Notorious’ one as many consider the Russian as the best lightweight in the world as he is undefeated with 25 flawless victories. Nurmagomedov had completely dominated his last opponent, Edson Barbosa, in a brutal fashion, which definitely questioned McGregor’s chances against him.
- Demetrious Johnson vs. TJ Dillashaw: This is a fight that Dana White has been trying to make for months now. Johnson initially rejected the offer to fight Dillashaw as he most probably wanted to break Anderson Silva’s record of highest title defenses. But later, after breaking the record he showed interest in the super fight. To make it more interesting, Dillashaw has won back his UFC Bantamweight Championship from Cody Garbrandt. So this fight between the two warriors can be promoted as ‘Champion vs Champion’ super fight. But most likely the fight will be for Johnson’s flyweight title giving Dillashaw as an opportunity to become the fifth ever two-division champion.
- Cody Garbrandt vs. Max Holloway: Stylistically this fight is a match to make. Despite Garbrandt losing his title to Dillashaw, he still got the star power in him. Holloway, on the other hand, is the new star of the featherweight division as he successfully defeated the legendary Jose Aldo twice by TKO. Both the fighters are agile on their feet and have deadly striking abilities. Garbrandt’s skill would be put to the test if he moves up in weight class to face the Hawaiian lion. Holloway is currently preparing to fight Frankie Edgar at UFC 222. But if he defeats Edgar then there aren’t any top contenders for him, so it would be wise to book ‘No Love’ against the ‘Blessed’ one if he still remains the champion after UFC 222.
- Jose Aldo vs. Dominick Cruz: Both the fighters who were considered the greatest fighters in their respective divisions have fallen victim to younger talents. The two legends are well in their prime and have a lot to give. But being of championship caliber it would be only fair to book them in special fights. So, if the UFC can’t give Aldo any more title fights, they should at least book him in super fights, and a fight with Cruz is a match to make. Cruz is an amazing trash talker who can sell fights and Aldo is considered as a hero in Brazil, which would be a perfect place for the fight to occur.
- Brock Lesnar vs. Francis Ngannou: Ngannou fell short of victory at UFC 220 against Stipe Miocic due to lack of cardio and experience. Despite facing his first defeat in the Octagon he has proved that he can entertain the crowd with his knockout power. UFC looks forward to making him a star. Brock Lesnar is to make a comeback this year according to White, and a fight with the French-Cameroon would be a money fight for both the heavyweights.
- Georges St Pierre vs. Conor McGregor: McGregor has made over one hundred million dollars in his fighting career and the only fights he would come back for are super fights. St Pierre, on the other hand, had vacated his middleweight title and now his future seems unsure. It would make complete sense to make this fight. As the two are the biggest draws in the UFC and both are in fighting shape. McGregor has previously fought at 170 pounds and GSP is the best fighter of the 170 pounds division. Unfortunately, GSP has turned down the idea of the fight stating that it would make him look bad if he calls out fighters from lighter divisions. But if McGregor and White want this fight to make a reality, they would try everything in their power to make this a possibility.