UFC on Fox: 5 Fights That Need to Be on Potential Super Bowl XLVIII Card
A Super Bowl-caliber card for the UFC on FOX has to be massive.
The news broke last month that FOX wanted to put an event on right before Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.
The event would have to provide fans with not only exciting matchups, but it has to give them title fights that create a buzz in the MMA community. The buzz has to be so large that it gets casual fans interested, and then the ratings should skyrocket.
So if the UFC lined up a card on FOX right before the Super Bowl, the UFC would need to try to top the UFC on FOX 5 card it just showcased. Easier said than done.
So in a hypothetical situation, allow me to play matchmaker Joe Silva and put together a card worthy to take place on network television during Super Bowl weekend. This is what that main card would look like.
Chan Sung Jung vs. Dennis Siver
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Let's start this card out with excitement, shall we?
The first fight of the night should draw the fans into the event with high-paced action, and there's no one better equipped for doing so than the "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung.
Matching him up with another exciting fighter to get the crowd hot early would be ideal.
So, setting up the Korean Zombie vs. Dennis Siver sounds like a match made in heaven.
Both fighters are well-rounded, but prefer to keep the fight standing, which should excite fans around the world. This could easily turn out to be a Fight of the Year candidate.
Daniel Cormier vs. Shane Carwin
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The mainstream audience needs to learn the name Cormier, and what better way to educate the masses than putting him on a monstrous card such as this.
The only problem here is knowing whether Cormier will be a light heavyweight or heavyweight. And if he stays at heavyweight, who would be a good dance partner for him in 2014?
Well, once Shane Carwin bounces back from his blown knee and is ready to fight, he should make for quite an opponent on free television.
Cormier vs. Carwin would be a really fun fight that would feature two great wrestlers standing and throwing haymakers.
A big win against an established name like Carwin would instantly make Cormier a star in the heavyweight division.
Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva
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You want it, we want it, heck, we all want it.
We all know Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will eventually cross paths in the Octagon, and if it doesn't happen, well then, shame on the UFC.
This is a fight that will most likely not entertain, but will have such a great build. Going into the show, the UFC would need as much attention on this card as possible, and having Sonnen make fun of Silva in the media would certainly help.
When it comes to the fight, Sonnen would most likely just take this fight to the ground and dominate for three rounds.
But who knows—the Axe Murderer could have a trick or two up his sleeve for this bout.
Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg
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This going all out thing wasn't a joke.
Could this be a major PPV draw? Oh yeah, more than likely. Still, this is the biggest card of the year, and it deserves to feature Ronda Rousey.
Better yet, it deserves to feature the most anticipated women's match in MMA history. Let's face it, not many girls can handle what Rousey is offering. She's strong, amazing at judo and has an armbar that would serve as her finisher in professional wrestling. Seriously, if anybody had a finishing move in MMA, it would be Rousey with her armbar.
So really, competition is needed for Rousey. Welcome in Cris "Cyborg" Santos. If anyone can give Rousey a fight, it's Cyborg.
She can match her strength, and Cyborg's standup is superior to Rousey's. This would be the biggest fight in women's MMA history, and if the fight delivers, this could kick in the door for women's MMA in the UFC.
Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis II
Give the people what they want...for free.
By 2014, hopefully Pettis will get a shot at the title, but hey, given his track record, we'll go ahead and predict the rematch between Pettis and Henderson goes down in 2014.
Look, neither Benson Henderson nor Anthony Pettis are big draws in the UFC yet, so putting this fight on free television isn't going to hurt the UFC in pay-per-view revenue.
This fight has everything that a Super Bowl card needs. It's a title fight, it's a rematch and it's a matchup between two men who previously had one of the greatest fights of all-time.
And no it wasn't one of the best just because of the "Showtime Kick." If you look at the fight as a whole, it was a back-and-forth affair that resulted in an epic kick off the cage to secure the decision win for Pettis.
Both fighters have evolved since then, and though a rematch wouldn't likely live up to the first bout, it still should be one of the best fights of the year.