10 Superfights Every UFC Fan Wants to See
From a pure fan excitement perspective, there is no denying that there are always special fights that snowball in the minds and hearts of die hard fans. Among the everyday battle for division supremacy, there are always superfights that fans wish for that are quite outside the normal boundaries of business but are seemingly possible none the less.
One of the biggest superfight trains in mixed martial arts history is Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva, when they were the respective light heavyweight kings of rival promotions in the early to mid 2000's. That fight ended up happening in the UFC in 2007 and delivered in every way.
Another superfight hype train that has been rolling for years that is sure to never happen is Fedor Emelianenko vs. Randy Couture, as Couture is retired and Emelianenko may soon follow.
In my opinion, the last superfight we have had is George St. Pierre vs. BJ Penn at UFC 94. It was the lightweight champion going outside the norm and challenging the welterweight champion, and it was certainly a spectacle all around. They are different and very rare, and fans love when they actually happen.
There is always a buzz in the air about two or three different superfights we can imagine at a time, but I would like to present to you 10 superfights every fan wants to see.
10. Anderson Silva vs. Cain Velasquez
This one may seem like quite the stretch, and that is why it is 10 on the list, but really, is Anderson Silva fighting anybody bigger such a stretch, as I think he would do just fine in most cases.
I don't think it would be such a stretch for Silva to be able to get to around 200 or 210 pounds for a match against the 244 pound Velasquez, and who wouldn't want to see if The Spider could actually become the heavyweight champion of the world.
9. Jose Aldo vs. BJ Penn
BJ Penn is a legend in this sport nearing the natural end to a great fighting career, and there seems to be only a few fights left out there to motivate a cat of his resume.
Jose Aldo is a dynamic up and coming legend, and the next big reign in the UFC could very well be that of Aldo's at 145 pounds. With Frankie Edgar seeming to have Penn's number at 155, and the possibility of a another shot at the welterweight title a rumour at best, Penn may want to try Aldo to go out on top.
8. George St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva
This fight makes number eight on this list due to the fact that it has been out in the air for quite some time now, hasn't happened yet and seems to be losing its probability as each day goes by.
Despite the fact that many in the know think that Anderson Silva is just too big a man for George St. Pierre to handle and that it would be a quick and humbling night for the welterweight champ, I have always wanted to see this fight. I think it is one that is the most natural on this list, as both men have nothing left in their respective divisions to really get them juiced up for the challenge.
7. Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos is a superfight already set for the title on November 19 of this year. These two men have been on an inevitable collision course for the last three years or so, and the time is now to settle who is the best of the best in the heavyweight division of the UFC.
These two men are in the same division, so it does not seem to be out of the norm like most on the list, but I feel it is a superfight nonetheless based on the awesome skills of these two fighters as well as the fact that they are both currently in the prime of health in their careers.
6. Dominick Cruz vs. Frankie Edgar
Dominick Cruz fights two weight classes down from the lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, but it wouldn't take much for these two champions to meet right down the middle and put each others' titles on the line to boot.
It would be a fight to crown the undisputed champion of mixed martial arts footwork, and I would certainly pay to see it. Edgar is a small 155 pound fighter who has fought at 145 before, and Cruz is a nice sized 135 pounder with the frame to add to that mass. It would be a blurring fight to watch, that's for sure
5. Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson
It would be a stunning clash of young vs old once again if Jon Jones were to put his belt on the line against 41-year-old Dan Henderson. Henderson has already said he wants this fight if Jones beats Quinton Jackson later this year.
This is a superfight much in the making, as Henderson technically is not under contract with the UFC, and his stock is as high as ever coming off his knockout of Fedor last week. This one could very well happen, and I want to see it soon.
4. Cain Velasquez vs. Alistair Overeem
These Alistair Overeem superfight scenarios may soon lose some steam, but I still feel that any matchup with him and a top three UFC heavyweight is a superfight in the making. Not long ago, talk of Overeem winning the Strikeforce grand prix and then facing off against Velasquez was a high topic in fans minds.
The current snag with his release from Strikeforce, put together with his mediocre performance against Fabricio Werdum, Overeem may soon find that fans over in North America could care less who he fights at all anymore.
3. Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem
To watch these two behemoths meet in the middle of the cage would certrainly be a collision to see. Brock Lesnar tips the scales at 280 pounds and Overeem at 260 pounds, and both these two fighters are not the most technical in the diviison.
Lesnar's health withstanding, he will soon be looking to take a comeback fight to get himself right back in the mix at the top of the heap in the heavyweight division. Overeem needs to really figure out what his goals in this game are. Will he follow the lead of Fedor hide oversees and play hard ball with the UFC for his entire career?
If not, Lesnar vs. Reem would be a superfight to behold
2. Jon Jones vs. Cain Velasquez
Isn't it everyone's dream to be the heavyweight champion of the world, even if you are the lightheavyweight champ? It would be a sight to see in a couple of years when Jon Jones is fully developed in his body to see if he could give the king a run for his money.
If Cain Velasquez goes on a two or three fight run, along with Jones, talk of this fight will certainly pick up. Interdivisional fights gain steam when matchups are scarce in your own weight class, and neither fighter is quite there yet.
1. Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones
This is the one I want to see most. Maybe not until late next year at the earliest and after a couple more wins and time for Jones to ge a bit more dangerous. Silva would also need the time to get comfortable at that weight.
These two fighters meeting would be an incredible striking display, and the size and length of Jones would pose problems Silva has not seen before. He is always the spider with the length and reach, but Jones would turn that tide on him. It would be interesting who had a better chin in this one, and I believe eventually someone would get knocked out.
Dwight Wakabayashi is a Feature Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA (also a correspondent for MMACanada.net).