Which UFC Superfight Could Be the Equivalent of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao?
The most ardent fans of the sweet science are privy to the projected matchup between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, an event that has been aptly named the “Fight of the Century.”
If and when it does transpire, it will truly be that: the superfight of an era.
In comparison to boxing, MMA is still in its infancy, but as time goes by, the sport will exponentially attain the heights of and maybe even surpass the art of pugilism, to such a degree that the realm of the combatant will be synonymous with mixed martial arts.
Despite being relatively new to the public and the media’s spotlight, MMA still has several bouts which could assume the title of superfight.
The question is which one could ultimately stand alongside the aforementioned Money vs. Pac-Man as the superfight of the MMA world?
3. Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
The hype surrounding an impending rematch between UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Chael Patrick Sonnen has reached fever pitch.
The funny thing is that Uncle Chael lost their first matchup via submission and yet the public and the media’s interest in a future return bout has not waned one bit.
Sonnen’s record is 26-11-1 in MMA and a paltry 5-4 in the UFC; conversely Silva is riding a 15-fight winning streak in the Zuffa-based promotion.
So why has their proposed reunion garnered so much air time?
It’s due to the magniloquence and oratory eloquence of the master rhetorician that is Sonnen.
Like Floyd Mayweather, the Oregon native possesses the innate ability to put bums on seats—he could take a mediocre fight and turn it into something that matters.
And that’s partly the reason why this could generate into a megafight.
However, the overriding factor why this could be a superfight is the fact that Sonnen was minutes away from not only unseating Silva as the champ, but was also close to registering the Brazilian his first defeat in the Octagon.
The masses want to witness either history repeating itself or Uncle Chael realizing what no other combatant has been able to accomplish in the UFC—knock Silva off his pedestal.
If the ex-realtor can take care of business at UFC on Fox 2, then the rematch with The Spider is on.
Despite Silva vs. Sonnen being a superfight in the making, it’s not enough to rival a meeting between boxing's two pound-for-pound pugilists—Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
2. Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre
Now this is a matchup which is really something to talk about—Georges “Rush” St. Pierre holds sway over the UFC’s welterweight assemblage and has done so for almost five years whilst successfully defending his title on six occasions.
In addition, St. Pierre has fought the best that the 170-lb division has had to offer and, to boot, even avenged the only two defeats on his record.
He’s also the No. 2 fighter in the world and is widely regarded as the most complete combatant in the stratosphere of MMA.
On the other hand, Anderson Silva has been holding the middleweight division at ransom ever since his debut back in June of 2006 following a 49-second blitzkrieg of Chris Leben in the opening stanza.
That said, the Black House resident has thus far defended his crown a record nine times.
There was a period, however, when this fight was much talked about—St. Pierre was going to move up to 185-lb division and challenge Silva to determine who was the genuine pound-for-pound king, though not without stipulations from the Canadian.
Then suddenly the thought sounded ludicrous, and just like that the public’s interest fizzled out.
For sure it would’ve blown a Silva vs. Chael Sonnen fight out of the water, but it wouldn’t come close to comparing with boxing's highly anticipated superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
1. Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones
This is the superfight that could be and most definitely will be the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao of MMA if these two titlists should ever throw down inside the Octagon.
For that to happen, first Anderson Silva must be willing to move up to the light heavyweight division, which he has done on two separate occasions (James Irvin and Forrest Griffin). Secondly the fight has to take place in 2013 at the latest, and even that’s pushing it, keeping in mind Silva’s age (he’ll be 38 by then).
If the criteria are met, then it’s game on.
Jones, the young rising and ever-improving star that has taken the 205-lb by storm, versus the nonpareil veteran of the mixed martial arts world would go viral, not only in MMA and boxing, but throughout the sporting world—the pay-per-view would go through the roof.
With already two title defenses under his belt (and who knows how many more to come) and coupled with his all-around skill set, “Bones” Jones would pose the biggest threat yet to Silva’s dominance as the MMA’s pound-for-pound overlord.
Conversely, if The Spider were to upend the young buck, he would cement his place once and for all as the greatest fighter of his generation.
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