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9 Superfights The UFC Could Put On Right Now

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With Jon Jones’s record seventh UFC light heavyweight title defense looming large at the end of the month, the topic of “superfights” arising in the coming weeks is essentially a lock. Jones has long been linked to a potential fight with former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva and recently heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, so MMA fans and pundits alike will be clamoring for any news on a potential cross-divisional showdown.

9. Chan Sung Jung vs. Diego Sanchez at 155

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9. Chan Sung Jung vs. Diego Sanchez at 155

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The unadulterated awesome that would emanate from a clash between “The Korean Zombie” and “The Dream” might be intense enough to tear a hole in reality and end life as we know it, but it’s a risk I’d be willing to take. With Sanchez reveling in his role of the ultimate Octagon brawler and Jung not knowing the meaning of boring, these two could put on a show for the ages.

7. Renan Barao vs. Chad Mendes at 145

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7. Renan Barao vs. Chad Mendes at 145

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Renan Barao has flirted with a move to featherweight if his teammate Jose Aldo opted to move to 155, and if Barao did make the move, No. 1 contender Chad Mendes would make for an epic contest. Both fighters have looked unstoppable in recent fights, and a collision between the two dynamic finishers could produce huge fireworks.

6. Jon Jones vs. Chris Weidman at 205

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6. Jon Jones vs. Chris Weidman at 205

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Empire state natives Jon Jones and Chris Weidman have both taken the MMA world by storm and staked their claims as two of the best fighters in the game today. The UFC light heavyweight and middleweight title holders have already impressed beyond their years, and a clash between the two (especially if it were to happen in Madison Square Garden) would determine the true King of NY -- sorry Melo.

5. Anthony Pettis vs. Jose Aldo at 155

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5. Anthony Pettis vs. Jose Aldo at 155

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Of all the potential lighter weight “superfights”, Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis has received the most attention. This is mostly because it almost went down at UFC 163 when Pettis was to challenge for the 145-pound strap against Aldo, but was forced to pull out due to a knee injury. Pettis capturing the UFC lightweight title has given this bout even more steam, setting it up to go down as one of the most anticipated fights in MMA history.

4. Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva at 205

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4. Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva at 205

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Though a battle between pound-for-pound giants Jon Jones and Anderson Silva has lost much of its luster following Silva’s consecutive losses to Chris Weidman, it doesn’t make the matchup itself any less tantalizing. Jones’ violent top game and creative striking against the fluid movement and otherworldly timing of Silva would be a fight that is talked about for decades.

3. Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre at 185

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3. Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre at 185

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When speaking of potential bouts that don’t carry the same weight as they did a few years ago, Anderson Silva vs Georges St-Pierre is MMA’s Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather. They are two best fighters of their generation without much argument who just never found a way to end up in the same cage on the same night. The big money ship has already left the dock for this fight, but better late than never.

2. Renan Barao vs. Demetrious Johnson at 135

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2. Renan Barao vs. Demetrious Johnson at 135

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Demetrious Johnson and Renan Barao are the two most technically proficient and well-rounded fighters in the UFC today. Jon Jones often gets the nod on pound-for-pound lists, but the pure skill these two possess in every facet of the game is on a different plane than every other fighter on the UFC roster. This fight would be the highest level of MMA competition that has ever been put on display, and it shouldn't even be a debate.

1. Cain Velasquez vs. Jon Jones at Heavyweight

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1. Cain Velasquez vs. Jon Jones at Heavyweight

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When responding to the pound-for-pound debate, 145-pound champion Jose Aldo said it best "The best pound-for-pound fighter is (Cain) Velasquez because he beats all of them.” It’s hard to argue the featherweight king's logic. If you want to find the baddest man on the planet, take the two biggest, scariest and skilled monsters in the sport and see who wins. Those two “monsters" are champions Jon Jones and Cain Velasquez.

Graham Jones is an MMA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @graymatter91, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google