Clearly from the title above, you can tell I prefer the stand-up fights in MMA. I don't mind seeing fights go to the ground, but I hate to see guys grapple and it goes nowhere, like Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck, or GSP and Dan Hardy.
It's interesting to see the amazing transitions these guys make, but when you can't finish a guy on the ground, I do feel you need to change your strategy.
But with that being said, here are three stand up fights I would love to see happen in the near future.
Cheick Kongo vs. Junior Dos Santos
Two of the best Heavyweight Strikers in the UFC. One way or another, one of them is going to sleep. These two fighters are the new breed of heavyweight in the UFC.
We have Cheick Kongo who stands at 6'4" (I met him in person and he looks a lot taller than that) and weighs around 235 lbs.
His greatest asset in MMA is his stand up game. He's generally referred to as a kickboxer, but the name of his actual styles are Muay Thai and Savate.
To sum up how good of a kickboxer Cheick is, he outclassed Mirko Cro Cop for three rounds in what was mostly a kickboxing match.
As for his ground game, that's Cheick's biggest flaw. He has almost no grappling background whatsoever. No wrestling, no Sambo, no Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, no Judo, etc.
Cheick is so bad at grappling that Frank Mir tapped him out in seconds, and he was dominated by Carmelo Marrero, who is a light heavyweight now, in a wrestling match.
But Cheick has shown improvement in his ground game lately. He is now a Blue Belt in BJJ and has shown improved technique in his wrestling.
As for Junior Dos Santos, we have another big heavyweight.
Standing at 6'3", and weighing about 240 lbs., Junior has shown a lot of potential at becoming the UFC champion someday.
Training at Team Black House with the likes of the Nogueira Brothers, Anderson Silva, and Lyoto Machida, it's no wonder Junior is so good at what he does.
He's a brown belt in BJJ, has phenominal boxing, a good chin, and has been steamrolling heavyweights ever since he debuted in the UFC.
A fight with these two would definitely have fireworks and skyrocket either one into title contention.
Gilbert Yvel vs. Alistair Overeem
The Battle between two of the best Kickboxers in the world.
Another clash of very talented stand up fighters. Both are very talented and can give any fighter a rough night if they are at their best.
We have Gilbert Yvel, who is now a member of the UFC, and at one time, could have ruled the heavyweight division for a long time with his incredible kickboxing.
Standing at 6'2" and weighing about 245 lbs., this Dutch Kickboxer has notable wins over Cheick Kongo, Pedro Rizzo, and Gary Goodridge.
But now that we have these gargantuan sized heavyweights like Lesnar, Carwin, Dos Santos, etc., Yvel is now officially one of the smaller heavyweights and an extinct breed.
Any of the top four heavyweights in the UFC could take down Yvel with ease and dominate him at will. That being said, JDS welcomed him into the UFC and knocked him out.
But I think it's safe to say Yvel isn't done yet. He's slated to face Ben Rothwell next.
As for Alistair Overeem, we have another Dutch Kickboxer that has changed drastically from his days in Pride.
Standing at 6'5", and tipping the scales at about 250 lbs. of solid muscle, Overeem's nickname is exactly what he looks like, "The Demolitian Man."
Since making the transition to being a full-time heavyweight, Overeem has gone undefeated for almost three years now and doesn't plan on losing anytime soon.
He just recently destroyed Brett Rogers on American soil in his Strikeforce return and immediately after the win called out the number one heavyweight in the world, Fedor.
I'm not going to jump to the conclusion and say Overeem would win, but if the fight stays standing, he definitely has the advantage.
But getting back to my original point, Overeem and Yvel are two of the best kickboxers on the planet, not counting the likes of Remy Bonjasky or Ernesto Hoost, and would be an incredible fight to watch.
Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones
The fight everyone wants to see. If the fight turns out like we would all expect it to, somebody is definitely getting knocked out.
Anderson Silva is the best middleweight in the world. Jon Jones is a freight train from hell that is steamrolling the light heavyweight division.
Both guys seem like impossible puzzles to crack and a lot of fight fans want to see them go at it.
Standning at 6'2" and having a significant size advantage over most of his competition, Anderson is undefeated since joining the UFC, he's the UFC middleweight champion and holds notable wins over some of the best fighters on the planet.
Jon Jones stands at 6'4" and has a 84.5 inch reach. With his college wrestling background, muay thai, unorthodox striking and lightning fast speed, Jones is a force to be reckoned with.
This fight could easily take place at light heavyweight since Anderson has made the trip before.
But would this be the fight to topple the spider?
Honestly, I don't know.
You see, to beat Anderson, you need someone who is faster than he is, as powerful as he is, cardio, a good wrestling background, and able to avoid Anderson's counter punches.
That being said, we have Mr. Jones. Jon's style is almost perfect for anyone who wants to beat Silva.
But like I said, "almost." Jon's cardio has been a problem in the past and so far we haven't seen him go into the later rounds and show off his "improved" cardio.
If Anderson could get past the early on destruction by Jon Jones, and see that Jones's cardio is an issue again, that could be the way for Anderson to come out on top.
This is the fight I want to see the most because I do believe Jon Jones will be the one to actually give Anderson the hardest fight of his entire MMA career.
I want this fight to happen so bad, I don't really care about Fedor-Lesnar or Anderson-GSP anymore.
I know this fight would be the most entertaining.
Well, that's what I would like to see. If anyone has another potentially great stand up fight, let me know.
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