Mixed Martial Arts has started to become more and more like boxing over the last few years, with all the speculation of who would beat who or this guy would beat this guy. Over the last few years, there have been fights happening between some of the legends of the sport, but no matter who wins, there is always an excuse for one guy or the other.
This has happened with the fights involving Randy Couture against Minotauro Nogueira and Mark Coleman. When Randy beat Coleman, everyone said Randy is still a contender and Coleman is an old man who needs a walker. When Minotauro outclassed Couture, everyone said Nogueira is back to his old self and Couture needs to retire. In my opinion, if a guy is healthy enough to get a license to fight, the whole age question needs to stop being brought up time and time again.
These five fights either are or were the ultimate dream match of any mixed martial arts fans from about ten years ago to now. Let's look into more detail about the potential match ups.
1. Randy Couture vs. Fedor Emelianenko : Roughly 3 years ago, Randy Couture was on top of the world. He had just come out of retirement and became the heavyweight champion for a record 3rd time and beat his next challenge, top contender Gabriel Gonzaga.
After those two astonishing wins, everyone was wondering who was next, and the next fight everyone wanted Randy to have was against the number one heavyweight in the world, Fedor Emelianenko.
Fedor Emelianenko has been the number one heavyweight fighter on the planet ever since he took the heavyweight crown from Minotauro Nogueira in the Pride Fighting championships. He beat some tough opponents in Pride, but everyone questioned his legitimacy because he was fighting in "freak show" fights.
So once Randy Couture returned to fighting and took out the top two guys in the UFC, everyone was clammoring to see these two go at it. But after long contract disputes between the UFC and M-1 Global, Fedor never signed with the UFC and Randy went on a year long tirade, claiming he was "quitting" the UFC for good because of what happened.
Fedor went on to fight other opponents that weren't up to his level, and Randy lost the heavyweight title to the current champion, Brock Lesnar. This fight will most likely never happen, but if there is any hope, hopefully someday soon, it will happen.
2. Wanderlei Silva vs. Fedor Emelianenko: Wanderlei Silva was the King of the Middleweight Division in Pride for six years. That's a long time and Wanderlei deserves the respect he often commands. Over the last three years people are starting to think Wanderlei is washed up and not the fighter he was in Pride, mostly due to the damage he has suffered in fighting.
That argument is debatable, but to deny that Wanderlei is still a contender in the sport of MMA is a complete bold faced lie.
Fedor on the other hand has been the the best Heavyweight on the planet ever since he stripped Minotauro Nogueira of the Pride Heavyweight crown in 2003. I've never heard any talks of this fight ever happening, but it is definitely one that I would have enjoyed seeing.
Wanderlei's balls to the wall, do or die fighting style vs. Fedor's unorthodox striking and lighting fast Sambo submissions. Most likely, this fight would have been a knockout and will most likely never happen since Fedor continues to fight guys that aren't up to his talent level and Wanderlei is now fighting in the Middleweight division.
3. Randy Couture vs. Wanderlei Silva : About seven years ago, Randy Couture was the top of the light heavyweight division in the UFC and knocked off the likes of Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, and Vitor Belfort.
Wanderlei Silva was on a rampage in Pride and just blowing through everyone the promotion threw at him. After Randy Couture "lost" to Vitor Belfort, the UFC set up an immediate rematch for the two fighters. The Rubbermatch between the two went as expected, with Randy Couture dominating Belfort to the point that Vitor quit.
After the fight, they let Wanderlei Silva enter the octagon with Couture for a photo op. A picture for the world to see, making the people wonder, could this be next?!?!?!?!?!?
Unfortunately, that fight never came to fruition, with the UFC and Pride industries fighting over where the fight would take place, whether it would be co-promoted, what weight class would it be in, etc.
Eventually, people lost interest after Randy Couture got KO'd twice by Liddell and retired for awhile and Wanderlei was stuck in Pride for the next few years. This fight will most likely never happen since Randy is nearing the end of his career and Wanderlei is fighting in the middleweight division now. But one can always hope.
4. Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre : This is one of the dream matches fight fans are clamoring for today. Anderson Silva vs. GSP. It seems like the ultimate fight that everyone wants to see. especially since both fighters have cleared out there own divisions.
A lot of people speculate this fight would be fought at a catch weight of like 180 lbs., but here's something a lot of people don't know. GSP cuts A LOT of weight to fight at welterweight, so its no wonder he is so much stronger than all the other welterweights.
He could easily make the middleweight division and beat up top contenders there. But, I get the feeling, he will get an immediate title shot at Anderson Silva if he decides to move up in weight. Let's all keep our fingers crossed with this one. This fight may happen within the next year or so.
5. Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko: Those two names say it all. This is the other dream match of the present day that everyone wants to see. Brock Lesnar, the new breed of heavyweight vs. Fedor Emelianenko, the reigning number one heavyweight on the planet. Anybody can argue who would win this fight.
Ya, I know, everyone thinks Fedor will win, but Fedor had never faced a guy like Brock before. A LARGE Heavyweight, with freakish speed, and some actual fighting talent. There was talk of Fedor signing with the UFC after Affliction collapsed, but his promotional company M-1 Global blew up that signing agreement.
Since then Fedor has been hammered by the media about not fighting top quality opponents and Brock has been slowly gaining momentum as the better heavyweight. Hopefully, Fedor will dump M-1 Global and sign with the UFC, that way we can see this incredible battle take place.
All of these fights are the greatest fights anyone could ever see in my opinion. Some of them are past their expiration date and will never happen. But a few of them have hope, and just might happen one day. All of these fights can still happen, but because of the timing, there will be someone out there who says one guy is the best and the other needs to retire, or one fighter was overrated, etc. A fight is a fight, no matter where or when it happens. It's a fight between two guys, and they are the only one's who will decide the outcome of their fight.