The Top Ten Dream Matchups In Mixed Martial Arts

These Ten Fights Would Be As Good As It Gets For MMA

5/13/09 in MMA   |   joshsanchez   |   57 respect

This article was originally contributed to BleacherReport.com

Every mixed martial arts fan wants a chance to play match maker. We all dream up matches in our head that would take the sport to new levels.

After thinking long and hard, I have come up with ten fights that be both entertaining and possible. While it is hard to just go by paper to match up a fight, every one that I picked would have relevance and excite the sport's community.

I didn't use any gimmick fighters. No Roy Jones Jr. No Kimbo Slice. Only legit mixed martial artists who have a place and this sport and who can take this sport even further into the mainstream.

We all know the names like Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko we would love to see have a real battle, but who could match up against them and create enthusiasm while still impacting the sport's rankings.

Honorable Mentions:

Joachim Hansen vs. Gesias Cavalcante II

Martin Kampmann vs. Nick Diaz

Wagnney Fabiano vs. Satoru Kitaoka

Joseph Benevidez vs. Takeya Mizugaki


10. Keith Jardine vs. Wanderlei Silva II


A lot of people want to see a fight between Wanderlei Silva and Keith Jardine. I would love to see a rematch between these two "bad boys" of the sport. Jardine was caught early and defeated in their first bout by knockout.

Wanderlei is a former Pride and IVC Light-Heavyweight Championship. He's got an aggressive style and will always push forward. Silva loves to make his fights exciting for the fans.

Jardine would love revenge. He was coming off of a big win against Chuck Liddell and he was hoping to climb the rankings. After the loss to Silva he scored a victory over Brandon Vera.

The last time we saw each of these fighters in the cage, Rampage Jackson was having his hand raised in victory. I still believe they can be serious contenders in the division and a grudge match would be very entertaining at the least.
 

9. Renato "Babalu" Sobral vs. Demian Maia


Sobral is the StrikeForce Light Heavyweight Champion and Demian Maia is an up and comer in the UFC's middleweight division, so the appeal is obvious.

Both of these fighters are exceptional on the ground, but they need improvement on their feet.

Sobral is a powerful wrestler who also has impressive jiu-jitsu which he learned under the tutelage of the Gracie Barra Combat Team.

Maia has some of the best jiu-jitsu and is one of the most decorated submission artists to ever grace the octagon.

These two would put on a show and the technique on display would be incredible to watch.

It would be hard to imagine either of these guys shying away from their strengths. If the fight were to stay standing up, it would be anyone's game, but these are two very confident and world class ground fighters.

 

8. Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort


Gegard Mousasi is one of the most underrated fighters in all of mixed martial arts while Vitor Belfort, a former UFC LIght Heavyweight Champion, has a huge following.

Mousasi is still very young (23). His body is continuing to grow and he is moving up to light heavyweight after fighting at middleweight. He says his goal is eventually to become a contender at heavyweight.

Mousasi is also a very impressive striker. He is a former amateur boxing champ and has tallied 14 KO's out of his 24 wins. He also serves as a striking coach for the well-known Fedor Emelianenko.

Belfort is also a guy who likes to stand up and bang. Twelve of his 18 wins come by way of knockout. Belfort also has a good ground game that he rarely uses. He is a black belt under Carlson Gracie.

If these two were to meet it would be a brawl that would excite the fans and help Mousasi gain some more recognition.

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5/15/09   |   Doyle_Hargraves

The best on this list is #3, although I think Brown would be too much physically for Miguel. The one fight that I would like to see made is Cung Le vs. Anderson Silva. Don't know if everyone is as high on Le as I am though.

Forget Lesnar vs. Fedor, he won't make it out of the rematch with Mir.  He may not even be on par with guys like Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez. Hell, he may not even be able to handle Cheick Kongo the way he's been fighting lately.

5/15/09   |   YungSpringfield   |   24 respect

Yo I think the Frank Mir vs Fedor would be a good fight eventhough Fedor will win.

5/13/09   |   joshsanchez   |   57 respect

BluDevil wrote:
So by the looks of this list... Brock Lesnar should not fight anyone? Or any fight with Brock Lesnar in it isn't going to be good?

As Dave said, "MMA purists don't give a damn about Brock Lesnar."

He really hasn't dont anything in the sport yet and I don't even know why he's at the top of the division. He has potential, but it's too early for him to be considered one of the best yet. I'm still not sure he's anything more than a gimmick fighter.

5/13/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

BluDevil wrote:
Do you think he's a worthy champ? Or he's just the guy who can win in this "era"?

We will see if he is a worthy champ in time.  He's so much bigger than everyone else, that he can dominate the weight class if he learns how to use his size to his advantage.  He is not very refined as a striker, and needs to learn some of the finer points of MMA, namely Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.  Randy Couture was winning the fight against Brock, using his technique and superior skills to keep Brock in check, but Brock's size caught Randy, and Brock became a Champion after only 2 UFC fights.

Definitely not a deserving champ, but in time he can be.  I think Mir handles him again, and Heath Herring (whom Brock defeated) is past his prime, but in a very thin weight class, there is little competition to test him with at this point in time.  Stay tuned though.

5/13/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
No, it's just that MMA purists don't give a damn about Brock Lesnar.  He hasn't fought enough to warrant the desire and attention to be on these lists.  And the person that has beat him, Frank Mir, is already scheduled to fight him in June, which is probably the only fight involving Brock Lesnar that I would want to see.

Do you think he's a worthy champ? Or he's just the guy who can win in this "era"?

5/13/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

BluDevil wrote:
So by the looks of this list... Brock Lesnar should not fight anyone? Or any fight with Brock Lesnar in it isn't going to be good?

No, it's just that MMA purists don't give a damn about Brock Lesnar.  He hasn't fought enough to warrant the desire and attention to be on these lists.  And the person that has beat him, Frank Mir, is already scheduled to fight him in June, which is probably the only fight involving Brock Lesnar that I would want to see.

5/13/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

So by the looks of this list... Brock Lesnar should not fight anyone? Or any fight with Brock Lesnar in it isn't going to be good?

5/13/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
My dream matchup would be someone who could actually get Anderson Silva to fight to his full potential.

I'm sure Forrest will give him ALL he can handle...and then some.

5/13/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

My dream matchup would be someone who could actually get Anderson Silva to fight to his full potential.

5/13/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Also, let me note that if Wandy or Chuck are to fight again, it should be against each other.  Jardine deserves another shot at Silva, but another loss could hurt his status in the UFC, and he has much more to lose than Silva.  But I definitely agree that it would be a great fight to see.

5/13/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Exactly, which is why that one stuck out in my mind moreso than some of the other, bigger-named possibilities.  Too bad Sobral had to have that brain cramp that resulted in him being kicked out of the UFC, the dude has mad skills.  I think he will fight Tito Ortiz next, and will likely wipe the floor with him.  They got into a little scuffle at the last Strikeforce event in San Jose, so the bad blood is still there.

Faber/Guida would be very nice, I hope that Faber doesn't get murdered again by Mike Brown, even though I think he will when they fight in early June.  It would make for a very nice rivalry going ahead if Faber is able to give Mike Brown a fight this time, and even better if he were to win.

5/13/09   |   joshsanchez   |   57 respect

Dave, the posibilies that ran through my head when making this list were just ridiculous. I even though of perhaps Urijah Faber vs Clay Guida after I published this.

Sobral vs Maia - like you said . . . this fight would be unreal. Two of my favorite fighters and some of the best ground work in all of MMA

5/13/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

I'm not gonna lie, I peed a little bit while reading these possibilities.  Especially #9, #4, and #3, not at all to discredit the others, but because I have a little bit more tied in emotionally as a fan to those. 

#2 would be sweet, but Dana White needs to stop making excuses and bashing other organizations and try to make a fight happen between a top UFC guy and Fedor.  Who knows if Fedor will embarrass the other guy or not, it would do what is intended and make a boatload of $$. 

The #1 choice very well could happen, but I just hope they don't spread Silva too thin and try to make him a circus act of sorts.  GSP and Silva would be good though, and would be the kind of fight the UFC, and both fighters would need to create some more hype and positive attention for all involved.