GSP vs. Anderson Silva and 4 Other Potential Million-Buy Fights
The Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva "super fight" has been talked about for years, but it's not the only potential million-buy fight for the UFC.
The UFC has the best fighters in the world, and with it having multiple dominant champions, fans begin to speculate which fighter is truly the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. This brings up fantasy matchups, such as Silva vs. GSP, that fans quickly get behind.
Though it's less likely that the fight will happen anytime soon, the fight is still on the table for the UFC to cash in.
Along with GSP vs. Silva, here are four other fights that the company could do over a million buys with as well.
Anderson Silva vs. GSP
Will GSP and Silva ever truly happen?
If the UFC were to ever put that fight together, the buy-rates would be through the roof. GSP is the UFC's pay-per-view king according to UFC president Dana White, and Silva is the most dominant champion in the history of the sport.
After all, the UFC has yet to do over 800,000 buys since UFC 129, and that was GSP's last fight. Oh, and as for Silva, he's defended his title 10 straight times and has never lost in the UFC.
Going into the fight, GSP's strategy would most likely be to take Silva down just like Chael Sonnen did in his fight against Silva at UFC 117. GSP has great standup, but when it comes to striking, no one does it better than Silva.
So it might not be the most exciting fight to watch, but the fight would mean so much on a grand scale of things that you would be on the edge of your seat no matter what.
GSP vs. Nick Diaz
GSP still has unfinished business with Nick Diaz.
Sure, Diaz is suspended at the moment and Carlos Condit is getting the shot with GSP, but if you think we've heard the last of Diaz and GSP, you're crazy.
This is a money-maker fight. GSP is a fan favorite for his gentleman-like demeanor, while Diaz is beloved and hated for his brash, just-scrap mentality.
Furthermore, these are two of the best welterweights in the UFC, and once Diaz gets re-licensed by the athletic commission and Carlos Condit and GSP have their title fight, Diaz will be next on GSP's list.
The fact that no one has been able to get under GSP's skin quite like Diaz should get fans intrigued even more, and doing over a million pay-per-view buys with these two shouldn't be a problem.
Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo
Though Frankie Edgar isn't the champion anymore, fans still want to see him and Jose Aldo throw down.
I'm sure most of you are skeptical about this matchup garnering a million pay-per-view buys because of Aldo and Edgar's recent pay-per-view buys. Aldo headlined UFC 142 and the pay-per-view was around 200,000 buys, while Edgar headlined UFC 144 and that pay-per-view did close to 400,000.
So there's reason to doubt, but with the proper marketing, this fight can get a million buys. With respect to their previous opponents Chad Mendes and Ben Henderson, those aren't big pay-per-view selling names.
And though Edgar and Aldo have yet to prove that they are, their skills and their exciting styles matched against one another should get the ball rolling. And if we've learned anything in these past couple of years, it's that the UFC is more than capable of picking up the ball and running with it.
Dan Henderson vs. Junior Dos Santos
One of the many new stars the UFC has created is none other than Junior dos Santos.
Dos Santos headlined his first card at UFC 131, and the event drew in around 325,000 pay-per-view buys. But dos Santos was supposed to be headlining the event against Brock Lesnar, and Lesnar had to pull out because he had more issues with diverticulitis.
So it's not fair to judge dos Santos on those numbers alone. And if there's one thing we've learned through the years of watching combat sports, it's that heavyweights draw. So what would happen if you matched up a guy that's been knocking people out left and right with a legend of the sport?
We almost saw this come to fruition when Dan Henderson put his name in the hat for a potential heavyweight showdown with dos Santos at UFC 146, following the removal of Alistair Overeem.
This is such an easy fight to sell. Both guys have granite chins, throw nothing but finishing blows and they're both crowd favorites. A million pay-per-view buys for dos Santos vs. Henderson is a realistic number, and hopefully one day we'll get to see those two animals go at it.
Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones
This is the fight everyone wants to see.
Since the beginning of 2011, Jones has defeated five top-10 light heavyweights and has defended his title three straight times. Better yet, he looks unbeatable, and with the exception of his last fight against Rashad Evans, he's yet to be fully challenged.
If there's one man out there that can challenge Jones, who else would it be other than the greatest MMA fighter of all time? Jones has the potential to claim that title when his career is all said and done, but as for right now, Silva holds that title, and rightfully so.
So this fight would be much more than just two interesting styles clashing. No, this would be Michael Jordan vs. Magic Johnson, Muhammad Ali vs. Mike Tyson, Joe Montana vs. Peyton Manning and Babe Ruth vs. Willie Mays.
This is a "once in a lifetime" type of fight, and if the UFC ever puts this thing together, it should break every previous pay-per-view record it has ever had.