MMA's Super Bowl: Who Would Win If UFC and Strikeforce Champions Fought Today?

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MMA's Super Bowl: Who Would Win If UFC and Strikeforce Champions Fought Today?

For a long time (okay, just a couple years but still) people wondered what would happen if the world champions from the two leading U.S. promotions—the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Strikeforce—ever threw down.

These debates were a continuation, more or less, of the "UFC vs. Pride" debates that drove the MMA world for most of the last decade. Whenever there are two competing promotions each claiming to feature "the best in the world," some competition is to be expected.

This is MMA, after all. What is this sport about if not the continual asking, answering and asking again of the timeless question: "Who is better"?

Now that the UFC has purchased Strikeforce and the so-called "rivalry" is over, that means the debate over whose champions are superior is a moot point, right?

Wrong. In fact, it's just the opposite. Before, these champion vs. champion hypotheticals were just that—hypothetical. Now that both organizations are under the same ownership umbrella, there is a very good chance that we may actually see these fights—sooner rather then later.

Most folks think that the UFC, being the older and more established promotion would run roughshod over their Strikeforce competition. But it's not so simple. Especially now, Strikeforce can offer a slate of champions to give all the UFC champs a run for their money.

Who would win if the Strikeforce champions fought the UFC champions in a "Super Bowl" of MMA? Read on as I break down the matchups, the strengths and weaknesses of each fighter, and which champion (and brand) would have the best chance of coming out on top.

We'll go the Russian doll route with this one: start with the little guys and work our way out, or rather, up.

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