UFC on Fox: 10 UFC Fighters That Fox Will Turn into Superstars

Robert GardnerSenior Analyst ISeptember 6, 2011

UFC on Fox: 10 UFC Fighters That Fox Will Turn into Superstars

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    Now that the UFC has signed a broadcasting deal with media giant, FOX, the sport of mixed martial arts is set to enter a new era of growth and popularity.

    While the UFC has done a spectacular job of growing and marketing the sport, the clout that FOX brings will attract waves of new fans and sponsors.

    With all of the added exposure, the stars of the UFC are in a great position to enter the stratosphere of super stardom.

    Here is a look at the 10 fighters who are primed to take this leap. 

10. Carlos Condit

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    Carlos Condit may not seem like an obvious choice for this list as he is far from being one of the most recognizable figures in the world of MMA, but his ferocious style and killer instinct will serve him well with new fans.

    Condit is a fighter that not only pushes the pace but looks to end the fight in spectacular fashion.

    With a title elimination fight against BJ Penn on the horizon, Condit is in a position to take a major step forward in his career. 

9. Dominick Cruz

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    Reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion, Dominick Cruz, has been a 135 lb. force since making his debut in the division in January of 2008.

    While Cruz may not have the finishing power that will attract new eyes to the sport, his ability to put on non-stop, action-packed fights will keep them fixed to the screen. 

8. Anderson Silva

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    Anderson Silva is the UFC middleweight champion and is arguably the greatest fighter in MMA history.

    While Silva is entering the twilight of his career, he still continues to embarrass and destroy every fighter placed in front of him.

    With the backing of FOX, Silva's in-cage performances will entrance a whole new generation of MMA fans. 

7. Chael Sonnen

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    Chael Sonnen may not be the most exciting in-cage performer on this list, but that is only a small part of what it takes to be a star.

    Sonnen is the Rush Limbaugh of MMA. While everyone may not agree or even like what he has to say, people listen when he speaks.

    Come to think of it, Sonnen's right-wing views could lead to a position with FOX News down the road.

6. Brian Stann

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    Middleweight title contender Brian Stann has all of the makings of a future superstar; he is a great fighter, he is well spoken, and he is a decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

    Stann is everything an organization like the UFC could dream for when it comes to capturing the hearts and minds of fans everywhere.

    He may not be the best fighter on this list, but he could easily become one of the sport's biggest stars. 

5. Jose Aldo

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    UFC Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo, is in a great position to become a huge star thanks to FOX.

    Aldo's high-octane style mixed with his killer instinct make him one of the UFC's must-see attractions.

    At only 24, Aldo's best fighting days are still ahead of him, and that is bad news for the featherweight division.

4. Georges St-Pierre

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    The golden boy of the UFC and quite possibly the most recognizable fighter in MMA today, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is already one of the biggest stars this young sport has ever seen but with FOX now throwing their support behind MMA and the UFC St. Pierre could become a new sport's icon.

    While his fights may not end in spectacular fashion, St-Pierre's flawless game planning and execution show the true artistry of mixed martial arts. 

3. Jon Jones

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    UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is the best young talent in MMA today, and his dominance in the cage will soon be spilling over to the world of endorsements once the full power of FOX is put behind this monster.

    Jones is the new evolution of MMA fighter, and he will be at the forefront as the UFC enters this new era. 

2. Junior dos Santos

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    Aside from the obvious advantage of fighting for the UFC heavyweight title on the inaugural UFC on Fox event this November, Junior dos Santos is primed and ready to become a major star.

    Dos Santos is a fierce, tough, aggressive heavyweight who is not afraid to stand in the center of the cage and bang.

    Looking back to when boxing was in its heyday, the heavyweight division was stacked with talent and depth, making every fight an event. We are entering the UFC's golden age of heavyweights and casual fans love watching the big boys mix it up. 

1. Cain Velasquez

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    On November 12th the UFC will be making their debut live on FOX, and that event will be headlined by none other than UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez looking to make his first title defense.

    The undefeated Velasquez is the future of the heavyweight division, and as such, he could potentially become the sport's biggest star—as the big men have always been the driving force in combat sports popularity.

    The guy has it all; he's big, strong, fast, tough, conditioned, controlled and his Hispanic heritage is just the icing on the cake.

    The UFC has done well all over the world, but they have yet to really capture that Hispanic market segment. With Velasquez fighting to become the face of the organization, and FOX giving this event the A-list treatment it deserves, Velasquez has the best opportunity to make this monstrous leap in visibility and popularity.