Biggest MMA Match: UFC or Affliction?

Nick ColonSenior Analyst INovember 28, 2008

OK, so it's Saturday night, and you're waiting patiently for the biggest PPV event in the history of MMA to come on for the night. You can barely hold back your excitement and you are so hyped up that you feel like punching granny just to prepare for the main event of the evening coming up later on. So there's only one question to ask left.

What PPV event are you watching: Affliction or UFC?

Chances are that you are probably watching a UFC event card, as it appears on PPV way more than any Affliction event. Also, with the wide array of talent the UFC has in each and every division, that increases the likelihood of this.

But put the pure numbers and facts behind you and look at the rosters and matchups. Are you still convinced that the best fight out there is comprised of purely UFC fighters?

For the longest time, UFC President Dana White has always made the case that the UFC has the best fighters in the world, and that no other promotion would ever come close to his level of talent. However, it appears as though Affliction's talent pool will continue to rise with former UFC fighters, and possibly even more so now that EliteXC is no more.

Regardless, if there's a Superfight out there, chances are the host is the UFC. Would you prefer to watch Andrei Arlovski vs. Fedor Emelianenko or Anderson Silva vs. Chuck Liddell? What about Josh Barnett vs. Arlovski or Emelianenko compared to Anderson Silva vs. Randy Couture or GSP?

Let's take the two bouts at hand for each promotion: Fedor vs. Arlovski and Penn vs. St. Pierre. Which is the more intriguing fight? What are you more excited to watch as a fight fan? Would you pay more for the Affliction bout, or the UFC bout? Hmmm, all good questions to ponder.

The unfortunate thing for Affliction is the hard fact that any bout worth watching in the Affliction organization comes through Fedor Emelianenko. What if he loses? Then what? Does the organization crumble like EliteXC? Could the same be said for the UFC if Anderson Silva were to lose? Again, more questions to ponder.

So my hope for this article wasn't so much as to declare one or the other a winner as far as Superfights go, as many fans really want to see Silva vs. Fedor in an inter-promotional fight. But since that most likely won't occur anytime soon, then I just want to throw out there the question to see other fans' views.