UFC-WEC Merger: The Top 10 Fights That MMA Fans Want To See

Andrew GladstoneCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2010

UFC-WEC Merger: The Top 10 Fights That MMA Fans Want To See

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    Since Zuffa purchased World Extreme Cagefighting back in 2006, many MMA fans have brought up the question of how would these fighters do in the UFC.

    The WEC these days tends to focus on the lighter weight classes after merging the welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight divisions in 2008.

    What would happen if the WEC's best took on the UFC's best?  Your guess is as good as mine.

    These are the top 10 UFC vs. WEC matchups.

Takanori Gomi Vs. Leonard Garcia

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    I believe that former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi vs. Leonard Garcia would be nothing but fireworks from the opening bell.

    Both fighters love to swing for big punches and have excellent chins.

    Gomi is the more accurate of the two, but Garcia has shown better conditioning.

Clay Guida Vs. Dominick Cruz

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    I believe this fight would be so fast paced that compustrike would commit suicide if he had to do a punch count.

    Current WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is ridiculously fast and elusive, and I believe despite giving up 20 lbs in size would do well in this fight.

    But whatever happens, we know that Guida always comes to fight and will make it exciting regardless.

Sean Sherk Vs. Mike Brown

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    I think this would be a fun battle between two former champions in former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk and former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown.

    Both men have strong wrestling backgrounds and aren't exactly known for being elite level strikers, but have shown they can mix it up.

    I feel that the two fighters are so similar that it would be a stalemate in terms of the wrestling, and we'd see a stand-up war.

Anthony Pettis Vs. Gray Maynard

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    I personally think it'd be interesting to have two No. 1 lightweight contenders from two different organizations square off against each other, especially since they have vastly contrasting styles.

    Maynard is the All-American wrestler with solid boxing, and Pettis is the unorthodox kickboxer with great submission skills and highly functional wrestling, despite not having the wrestling credentials.

    UFC fans who still aren't familiar with Pettis and think Maynard would win easy need to watch Pettis' fight with Shane Roller, because Pettis was able to take the three-time All-American down with a triangle choke in the third round.

Donald Cerrone Vs. Evan Dunham

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    Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham in my eyes would be an extremely competitive fight.

    Both fighters are very solid kickboxers with underrated wrestling and submissions.

    Dunham on paper could be the better wrestler, but most recently Cerrone was taking down Jamie Varner almost at will, so really it could be any man's fight.

    I believe whoever can get off first will dictate the pace of this exciting matchup.

Miguel Torres Vs. Kenny Florian

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    I know there is a 20-pound size difference, but I couldn't help but think of this match.  

    With Miguel Torres's fast paced jiu-jitsu style and giant reach for a bantamweight against Kenny Florian's counterstriking and jiu-jitsu, I think this fight would be all over the place.

Benson Henderson Vs. Frankie Edgar

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    As an MMA fan, it's hard not to think of champion vs. champion fight.

    And Dana White stated as of today that Edgar vs. Henderson could be a distinct possibility in the future.

    I favor Edgar due to his boxing, but Henderson is a very tricky fighter, is hard to beat and is very submission savvy.

B.J. Penn Vs. Urijah Faber

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    PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 08:   Lightweight champion BJ Penn (R) battles Kenny Florian during their lightweight championship title bout at UFC 101: Declaration at the Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Get
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    Another case of former champ vs. former champ.  

    While many fans believe that B.J. Penn vs. Urijah Faber is a total mismatch, it will undoubtedly have great appeal to mainstream fans.

    Penn would probably take it, but I believe the fight would be incredibly exciting.

Jose Aldo Vs. B.J. Penn

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    This was the fight everyone wanted to see when Penn was champion, but I still think this fight would do incredibly well.

    Aldo has been labeled as one of the pound-for-pound best, and Penn has been one of the pound-for-pound best in the world for sometime now.

    With how furious these two fighters are, this fight won't go the distance, and somebody won't make it to the final bell.

Jose Aldo Vs. Frankie Edgar

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    Current UFC lightweight champion vs. current WEC (soon to be UFC) featherweight champion would be incredible.

    I honestly think this fight would go down in history as one of the best, as Frankie Edgar's boxing and wrestling takes on the aggressive muay thai and hardly seen top shelf Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Jose Aldo.

    There's no way this fight wouldn't be a war, and I would see it going all over the place.  

    I might give the slight edge to Aldo, but Edgar is still incredibly underrated as a champion even after beating Penn. One way or another, this would be an incredible fight.