2010 Wish List: Rematches
So as the 2009 year in MMA draws to a close I have decided to put together a series of articles of my wish list for next year. This weeks article is all about rematches i would love to see in 2010. So here is the rematches weight class by weight class.
There are two definite fights I want to see in the upcoming year. Both involve Mike Brown, and both would be must sees. First off a rematch with Jose Aldo. I was unable to watch the first fight live due to Versus' battle with Directv but after watching it i really think a rematch would be amazing to see.
The next rematch is part three of Mike and Urijah Faber's battle. Urijah probably will face Aldo for the belt if he wins in January, and if he wins that he has to beat Mike to prove he is the best in the 145 weight class.
Diego Sanchez is one of my favorite fighters, and I really hope he wins the belt against BJ Penn. Win or lose I want to see him rematch the winner of the Clay Guida/Kenny Florian fight. My preference would be for Guida vs Shanchez 2 but either would overjoy me.
The next rematch would pit top 5 light weights against each other once again. Shinya Aoki is an amazing fighter that many casual Mixed Martial Art fans have never seen. He is currently ranked second to BJ Penn at 155 by Sherdog, and hold 22-4 record with 1 no contest. Then there is Eddie Alverez has just two losses in his career one at the hands of Aoki. Since then he is 4-0 ending all four fights via choke. A rematch would be a must see and is really high on my list for 2010.
I am one of the rare few Josh Koscheck fans, and a die hard at that. My fellow Pennsylvania native has vastly improved his stand up since his run on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. He also has done something that not many have, gone the distance with Georges St-Pierre. Not only did he go the distance but he took a round from the best welterweight in the world. Since then Koscheck is a way better fighter and given a second chance he could beat GSP. Koscheck wants to fight every month next year and his next fight is against Paulo Thiago as GSP will return against Dan Hardy.
The next fight that I would love to revisit is a third fight between Matt Hughes and BJ Penn. Currently the series is tied at one a piece. This would put two future hall of famers on display and would a win for either would do a lot for each's career. For Penn it would push him towards another battle with St-Pierre. For Hughes it would show he still can hang with the top fighters at 170 and would seal his legacy.
Anderson Silva. The name speaks for itself, and he really hasn't had a challenge in a while. A rematch with Nate Marquardt or Dan Henderson would be great to see, but I believe that Hendo would give him the greatest fight. Of course due to a contract dispute it looks like we have to settle for Nate vs Silva.
Now to a fight that I've wanted to see for a long time. At the UFC's Ultimate Brazil card Vitor Belfort took on Wanderlei Silva and won in 44 seconds. Both are back in the UFC, both are middleweights, both want gold, and I want this rematch.
Five round non-title fights have been approved. Dana needs to use this to make the third battle between Tito Ortiz and Forest Griffin truly unforgettable. Forrest disputes the first decision, Tito the second, and both have valid points. Make them TUF coaches, square them off on the finally, and end the dispute.
My second fight would have been Rua and Machida, but thats already on the schedule, so I'm going to go to something less popular. I want to go back a few years to the LHW division. Give me Tito-Couture, give me Tito-Vitor, or even Chuck-Couture. Actually use any combination of those fighters would really give me a smile.
Frank Mir did something no one ever has, he finished Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira. Big Nog says that a staff infection played heavily into the fight and with a recent domination of Randy Couture, I would have to agree. There is a simple solution let them fight again. I would love to see two of the greats of the sport battle once again. This would be a mega-fight for fans and would have major title contention ramifications. Big Nog will take on the undefeated Cain Velasquez and Mir takes on Cheick "Low Blow" Kongo.
The next fight may be surprising to many but I would love to see Mirko Cro Cop and Gabriel Gonzaga fight for a second time. When Napao hit a head kick many thought it was the biggest upset in the sports history, and no one knew it would begin the downfall of Cro Cops career. Gonzaga has been unimpressive since and Cro Cop has looked like a shell of his former self. If these two would lock it up again it could be a war.
Freak Show Class:
There is only one freak show fight I want to see again in 2010. I would love to see baseball's public enemy Jose Canseco get another beat down at the hands of the freak of nature Hong Man Choi. Of course this is for my viewing pleasure.
Next weeks wish list will be title fights I want to see in 2010.
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