Five Awesome UFC Fights We’ll Never See
5 Awesome UFC Fights we’ll never see
Once upon a time, I had a dream. I dreamt of building a time machine. I did not dream of time travel to alter the course of history to better my fellow man, such as going back in time to teach Hitler to become a successful artist so he would have no reason to manipulate the events that led to World War II. Or, to inform Michael Jordan that his journey into minor league baseball is a waste of his talents. No, I fear my intentions are a bit more selfish. Instead, I would use my unfathomable understanding of time travel to set up the best UFC fighters of the past to combat the best of the present, putting together five awesome UFC fights we’ll never see.
Then I woke up from that dream and realized I don’t have the resources for such a venture. That fact, and I barely understand the basics of physics; E=MC Hammer? What I do have though, is a Wordpress account and an imagination, so for now an MMA blog will do just fine.
For nearly 20 years, the UFC has been a home to the world’s greatest fighters; from the pre-Zuffa era, to the combat sport, media juggernaut it is today. UFC champions of yesterday pioneered the sport for the champions of today. It would be a marvelous sight to behold if we could see the best of the present fight the best of the future. Yet, years separate the possibility of ever seeing some of these amazing UFC fights. The top dogs either rest comfortably in retirement, or are training top dogs of the future. Either way, their time in the octagon is over.
I’ve compiled a short list of five awesome UFC fights that, sadly, we’ll never see happen. If you have an idea for an awesome UFC fight that we’ll never happen, let us know in the comment section. Enjoy!
Maurice Smith VS Alistair Overeem
Maurice Smith and Alistair Overeem share similar qualities that would make for an interesting fight. Smith and Overeem were both dominant forces in kickboxing, and they both successfully carried those talents over to MMA. Both fighters have aggressive and overwhelming standup, and if they were to fight one another, both favor being on their feet. That said, both men are indeed big and strong enough to manhandle other fighters to the floor.
If I were to choose the victor, I would have to say Overeem. Although Smith is a technical, fast and aggressive fighter, Overeem is far bigger and stronger. Not only is he bigger and stronger than Smith, he maybe faster, and his physical superiority - coupled with his kickboxing prowess - would be more than enough to defeat Smith.
Mark Kerr VS Cain Velasquez
The reason I chose this fight had much to do with Cain Velasquez's match against Junior Dos Santos. Velasquez used his superior wrestling skills to wear down Dos Santos and it reminded me a lot of the Specimen, Mark Kerr. Kerr, if you all remember, was one of the best wrestlers and ground-and-pound artists in the UFC. Velasquez is shaping out to be one of the current top wrestlers in the UFC. Both men rightfully inspire fear in the hearts of other heavyweight fighters. Although Kerr never held a UFC title, he dominated the UFC 14 and 15 heavyweight tournaments.
This match is a tough call, but I’m going with Kerr on this one. Velasquez is a beast, but Kerr is a Titan. Kerr is bigger, stronger and more ferocious. To this day, I still get nightmares from watching old clips of Kerr destroying opponents. Kerr would out-wrestle Velasquez, and end him with some devastating ground-and-pound.
Bas Rutten VS Jon Jones
Why did I choose this fight? Why not? In his day, Bas Rutten was one of the most dangerous, aggressive fighters in the cage and ring. Jon Jones is arguably one of the best light heavyweight champions the sport has had the pleasure of seeing. But I’m not going to beat around the bush on this one - Jones could beat Rutten.
I hate to say it, but for as good as Rutten was back in the day, he’s really more of a glorified brawler. Rutten is a great at brawling and his simplistic, barbaric approach in the cage got him far. Jones is a much better technical fighter and a world class athlete. Not only that, but Jones’s track record is far superior to Rutten’s.
Don’t get me wrong; Jones would win, but it would be an awesome fight. Jones would not want to stand with Rutten, so he would use his grappling abilities to take the fight to the ground and end it there. Easy call, but this would still be a fight of the ages.
Frank Shamrock VS Anderson Silva
I am convinced that both of these men were engineered in a laboratory, somewhere, to create the most complete fighters in the world. Well fortunately that is not the case, as both Frank Shamrock and Anderson Silva are the end results of fearlessness and a life time of struggle. Shamrock and Silva had similar childhoods, growing up in impoverished environments that no doubt made them the most dominant fighters the world has ever seen.
Like Silva, Shamrock in his time, was one of the most well-rounded fighters in the UFC. Shamrock was superior in grappling and stand-up. I might go so far to say that Shamrock’s grappling is better than Silva’s. But, he lacked the impeccable timing that Silva possesses.
Who would win? Tough call, but I’m going with Silva. While Shamrock is incredibly well-rounded, he would fall victim of Silva’s deceptive style. It would still make for an amazing fight - the best against the best. Yet, I’m not convinced Silva can be beaten, even by a remarkable combatant like Shamrock.
Ken Shamrock VS Dan Henderson
If we put both of these fighters as light heavyweights, it would make for one hell of a fight. Ken Shamrock is the man that helped put the UFC on the map. Dan Henderson is not yet the stuff of legends, but he will not be forgotten when he retires. So let us compare styles: while Shamrock and Henderson are both grapplers and hard hitters, Henderson is the faster and more accurate striker.
Shamrock was a beast on the ground; he would relentlessly tire his opponents, and wait for the opportunity to make them tap. Henderson is a great wrestler, but I don’t think he could out-grapple Shamrock or match his brute force. If the match stayed standing, Henderson could attempt to pick Shamrock apart with striking, but Shamrock was not one to be picked apart so easily. So in the end, I’m going with the living legend Shamrock.