Anderson Silva vs. GSP and 10 Other MMA Dream Fights
With all the talk this week of UFC management expressing their desire to see an Anderson Silva vs Georges St-Pierre superfight this year, one has to wonder what other fights most MMA fans would love to see that may or may not ever happen.
Bleacher Report takes a look at some of the 10 biggest dream fights that need to happen sooner rather than later.
Brock Lesnar vs.Mariusz Pudzianowski
An incredibly strong man vs. an incredible overall athlete is what you get in this matchup. While Lesnar may have the edge in experience, it could be said that the World's Strongest Man winner Mariusz Pudzianowski's overall freakish strength could serve as a great equalizer.
Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Sandro
Jose Aldo is the most dangerous fighter in his division, right? Wrong. The man who is attempting a take down Aldo is his fellow Blackhouse teammate, Marlon Sandro.
Sandro has face-melting power. Simply put, he puts his hands on you and you go to sleep. What better opponent for the current UFC featherweight champion than a man who is possibly a better overall striker and knows the champ's weaknesses?
It's just a shame that these two will probably never meet up due to two key factors:
- Teammates at Blackhouse.
- Sandro currently fights for the World Victory Road promotion.
B.J. Penn vs. Nate Diaz
Now that B.J. Penn is back in the welterweight division, this would be a fantastic ground game matchup. On the smack-talk side of things, it would be epic since both fighters have major chips on their shoulders and don't back down from anybody.
Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz
Nick Diaz has been wanting a shot at UFC welterweight champ and overall division king, GSP. What makes this an interesting fight is that not too long ago, Diaz was just an average fighter in the UFC with an unimpressive 6-4 record.
Today, he's the Strikeforce welterweight champion who is ranked as one of the top 10 fighters within the division.
However, the question that stands is if Diaz ever was to make a return to the UFC, how would he fair against the upper echelon of his division mates?
Has he improved that drastically since 2006?
Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva
The stars are aligning this weekend to make this fight happen. Provided that Anderson Silva defeats Vitor Belfort and Jon Jones beats Ryan Bader, then it would push us one step closer to Silva moving up in weight to 205.
Both fighters are dynamic strikers and posses a similar killer instinct.
It could be a great young lion vs. old lion matchup.
Anderson Silva vs. Lyoto Machida
MMA fans have been chomping at the bit to have these two go at it as of late. Their fighting styles are highly elusive and make you pay with their counter strikes.
Sadly enough, these two consider themselves to be like brothers, and have vowed never to fight each other.
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar
Last year, Fedor vs. Lesnar was very close to happening. Then, of course, M1 Global got involved and fouled the whole thing up.
While MMA fans would still probably love to see this fight happen, the odds are that as long as M1 are pulling the strings, it never will.
Alistair Overeem vs. Cain Velasquez
This would be a very interesting matchup between the top dogs in the two most well-known MMA promotions in North America.
In Velasquez, you have a well-rounded fighter with an endless gas tank, and in Overeem you have a hulking fighter of Barry Bonds-like proportions who's a powerful striker with a strong ground and pound.
If the whole Strikeforce tourney doesn't work out, maybe the 'Reem can come over to the big leagues and make a run.
Mauricio Rua vs. Anderson Silva
When you are one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world you usually make several appearances within dream fight lists, and Anderson Silva is no exception.
At this point, with a defeat of or from Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 this Saturday night, Silva needs to begin thinking about moving up to the light heavyweight division.
He's already flirted with it a few times, and has experienced great success. By next year it's time for him to consider making the move permanent, so that he may face off against a dangerous champion named Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Randy Couture vs. Fedor Emelianenko (Circa 2007)
MMA fans have been waiting for this matchup to happen for a very long time, and the UFC has tried it's best to put these two legends together in the Octagon.
Unfortunately, this fight would have been great four years ago. Why 2007, you ask? Well, back then, Couture was around 43 years old and coming off of a Rocky-inspired victory over then UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia, followed by a dominant performance over Gabriel Gonzaga.
Randy was at peak form during that time, and a fight between him and Fedor would have been a perfect cap to what have been a stellar careers for both men.
Flash forward to 2011 and you have a fight that, while it would still be of some significance to the sport as a whole, will seem a little faded for it's time. At nearly 48 years old, Couture is now only really interested in taking specific fights where he'll be competitive, but not necessarily win.
In Fedor, you have a man whose recent first official loss has somewhat tarnished his aura of invincibility