In Part One, we talk about the likelihood of a potential UFC vs. Strikeforce event similar to the one held at Dynamite!!!2009.
In Part Two, we predict the non-champion's fight, and I currently have Strikeforce holding a surprising lead over the UFC. We now look at the champions of each brand facing off against each other.
Champion vs. Champion Lightweight bout: BJ Penn (UFC) vs Gilbert Melendez (Strikeforce)
BJ Penn has looked unstoppable since he gave up his dabble in the Welterweight and focused on destroying all challengers at Lightweight. He's disposed of Diego Sanchez and Kenny Florian in 2009.
Gilbert Melendez has lost only twice in his career and has avenged the loss on both occasions. He has not, however, faced anyone who even comes close to having the pure talent that BJ Penn has. I would rate Melendez as a border top five to top 10 lightweight fighter.
I can see Melendez showing Penn up for awhile, but Penn will eventually win via rear-naked choke in the second round.
Winner: BJ Penn (UFC 2, Strikeforce 4)
Champion vs. Champion Welterweight Bout: Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz
Like BJ Penn, Georges St-Pierre has had a stranglehold of the Welterweight division. He briefly lost the title to Matt Serra but regained it during the rematch, and has hung on to it ever since.
Nick Diaz is a good fighter and have had a good career in the UFC, ProElite, Pride, and now Strikeforce. In his past 11 fights dating all the way back to 2006, he has lost only once.
This is another lopsided victory for the UFC. GSP by strikes in the first round.
Winner: Georges St-Pierre (UFC 3, Strikeforce 4)
Champion vs. Champion Middleweight Bout: Anderson Silva vs. Jake Shields
Anderson Silva, the UFC Middleweight champion, has defeated all opponents put in front of him since gaining the title. His last loss came in 2005.
Jake Shields comes from the Gracie academy and trains alongside the Diaz brothers and Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Melendez. He has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, with his last loss also coming in 2005.
Somebody's winning streak has to end, and it would most likely be Shields. As good as he is, I can't see him beating Silva standing up or on the ground.
Winner: Anderson Silva (UFC 4, Strikeforce 4)
Champion vs. Champion Light Heavyweight Bout: Lyoto Machida vs Gegard Mousasi
Lyoto Machida has been undefeated since entering MMA, but faces arguably his biggest test yet in Gegard Mousasi, who has only two losses in seven years of fighting all over the world. This should be the Main Event of the night.
Machida has nine decision wins in his career, while Mousasi only has two. It doesn't seem likely this will go to the judges.
I can see either of them getting knocked out. That's how close this match is. It's going to come down to who hits the haymaker first, and I think Mousasi will.
Winner: Gegard Mousasi (UFC 4, Strikeforce 5)
Champion vs. Champion Heavyweight Bout: Frank Mir vs Alistair Overeem
I think everybody from Dana White to Scott Coker to every single fan would rather have Brock Lesnar face Fedor Emelianenko in the final fight of the night, but two predictions lead to this match instead.
Firstly, the UFC have already finalised plans for an interim title with Shane Carwin against Frank Mir. That shows the world that they doubt Lesnar will be back anytime soon. If they don't believe he will be back soon. Neither should we.
Secondly, I think Overeem will keep dodging Fedor for as long as he can. He'll probably return to the USA to fight, but he'll weasel his way out of facing Fedor. He will fight Fedor one day, I just doubt it'll be in 2010.
Overeem has massive hands, similar to Brock Lesnar. We have seen in the fight with Cheick Kongo though, that Frank Mir is bigger and badder now. Mir's quick wit is very underrated and I expect him to take the fight to the ground and get a submission on Overeem to end the night.
There you go. Despite what many casual fans think, Strikeforce's top guys can actually match up well with the top guys of the UFC. This would break any record a MMA can have, and in the end, it's we fans who benefit.
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