I've always been a fan of fighting since I was a little kid.
I can remember times my brother would beat me up and I couldn't defend myself, but somehow I still enjoyed fighting with my brother. Once I fully developed from puberty, I shot up to 6'1", ballooned up in weight to a solid 250 lbs., and was capable of whooping my brother's ass from time to time. So, I can proudly say I evened the score.
First, I was a fan of boxing, watching guys like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Lennox Lewis. It was incredible watching these incredible athletes just go in there and fight, not afraid of what the outcome of the fight might be. Sadly, the sport was ruined because of scum like Don King and guys that want to fight, but are afraid to get hit.
Then, I stumbled upon Mixed Martial Arts. I wrote an article a few days ago saying the first ever MMA fight I saw was UFC 61, but I was wrong. The first fight I ever saw was Rich Franklin vs. Ken Shamrock on the original Ultimate Fighter Finale. I remember it was shocking what I just saw. From guys fighting on the ground to grappling, along with the fight standing up, and all the moves they were using. It was weird because I was a fan, but at the same time I wasn't because I had only ever been exposed to boxing and kickboxing. Nothing Else. But once I saw UFC 61, I was hooked to the sport of MMA. I started buying the original UFC events on DVD and watching the Ultimate Fighter episodes on TV and everything UFC on television.
As the sport continued to grow, so did my knowledge of the sport. I only got into the sport in 2006, but I do know a lot more about this sport than I did back then. I just noticed this when discussing old fights the other day with my uncle and he was drawing blanks. We talked about the UFC, Pride, old fights, recent fights, etc. He was lost in the conversation, and he's been watching MMA since before the days of the UFC.
But one of the topics we came across was rematches. We talked about how some fights need a rematch, how some rematches are pointless and some just didn't need to happen. Since that day though, I've been wondering. There are plenty of rematches out there that I know I would like to see and I feel a lot of other people would pay to see them too. Here are a few I definitely would like to see:
B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes 3 : Two of the most recognized fighters in all of MMA. Without a doubt, two of the best of all time and two guys from very contrasting backgrounds. BJ Penn was a well off kid that could have done anything but be a fighter. But, he just has one reason why he fights. He loves to fight and for that reason alone, I will always be a BJ Penn fan. Matt Hughes however was a guy from rural Illinois and grew up on a farm. A collegiate wrestler who felt he could dominate the sport with his wrestling and make a living from it and he did, very convincingly. You'd never expect Matt Hughes and BJ Penn to cross paths since Penn is a lightweight and Hughes is a welterweight. But surely enough, they did. When the UFC couldn't find anybody to fight for Hughes' title at UFC 46, Penn came right out and said, "I'll fight him." Nobody expected Penn to win, and that goes for Matt Hughes too. But surely enough, he did. Penn choked out Hughes in the first round to become the Welterweight Champion of the world. At UFC 63, they set up the rematch between them because Georges St. Pierre was injured and couldn't fight Hughes for the title. But the UFC still knew that they could sell this fight because of how good the first one was. From the opening seconds of the fight, it was clear who was the better fighter and who should have won. Penn's boxing, takedown defense and tight submissions were superb. The fight should have never made it out of the first round. But Hughes was improved and was able to survive the onslaught by Penn until the third round. Penn was gassed and injured by then and Hughes was able to get the win over Penn by TKO. As of now, Hughes is a dying breed of fighter at welterweight and Penn truly is The Prodigy at lightweight. Penn has pretty much cleaned out lightweight and is looking for a challenege at welterweight. After Penn destroys Edgar and if Hughes can get past Renzo Gracie, I wouldn't mind seeing this fight happen.
Chuck Liddell vs. Randy Couture 4 : Another pair of UFC legends. The Natural and The Iceman. Liddell and Couture will be the most revered fighters ever in the UFC. Couture, a 6 time champion in the UFC in both the heavyweight and light heavyweight division and Liddell, the most dominant light heavyweight fighter at the present moment. They have one of the best trilogies in MMA history and I wouldn't mind seeing them go at it again. Couture is back at light heavy and making a title run while Liddell is currently a sinking ship trying to recover. Overall, Liddell won two out of their three fights, but Couture came out better from those losses. They are both set to fight in the next couple months, with Couture against Rich Franklin and Liddell set to fight Ortiz. If Liddell gets past Ortiz in quick fashion, I could see the UFC putting him up against Randy again to be in the mix for a title shot.
Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin 3 : I know the last two fights weren't the most exciting fights, but there has to be another fight with these two and it must be decisive (Unlike the other two: Ortiz split decision, Griffin split decision). In my honest opinion, Griffin won the last fight by decision, but not in great fashion; I gave Forrest a 30-27 unanimous decision. But for the first fight, I gave it to Tito by unanimous decision, 28-27. For the first round, I scored it 10-8 Ortiz, second round 9-9 because they were both bad, and third round 10-9 Griffin. I know that nobody will be clamoring for this fight, but there just has to be a fight with a clear-cut finish. If Tito can somehow beat Chuck and Forrest lose to Lil Nog, the UFC can set up Ortiz/Griffin 3.
Anderson Silva vs. Patrick Cote 2 : There needs to be a fight with these two again and Silva needs to stop showboating. The first fight never should have gone to three rounds. It never should have made it out of the first. Cote is not in the same league as Silva and should have been demolished. Set the fight up again so Anderson can destroy Cote like he should have or possibly Cote can step up to the occasion and pull off the upset.
Frank Mir vs. Minotauro Nogueira 2 : Ever since UFC 92, all I've been hearing is "Frank Mir this, Frank Mir that, he's the greatest fighter ever, or Nogueira is too old, he's taken too much damage over the years, etc." It makes me sick when I hear people say stuff like that. It's plain and simple what happened that night; Frank Mir was in good shape and beat a Minotauro Nogueira with an awful staph infection. Right now, they are both recovering from knockout losses to Cain Velasquez and Shane Carwin and it is the perfect time to rematch both guys in top form. I'm not saying Mir can't beat Nogueira, but it won't be as easy as the last time.
I believe these guys are all good fighters, some are even great and I want these fights to happen as well.
My Picks for these fights : BJ Penn by second round TKO. Randy Couture by unanimous decision. Forrest Griffin by third round submission. Anderson Silva by first round KO. Minotauro Nogueira by unanimous decision.