On paper, B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre was one of the biggest fights the UFC has made in recent history. Two of the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the world squaring off in their prime. It’s tough to top that. Yet, with GSP’s win, the next rumored superfight is a potential middleweight bout between GSP and Anderson Silva, a fight that has even more intrigue than GSP vs. Penn II.
Moving up a class would probably hurt St. Pierre more than Penn (since Penn had fought at welterweight before) but it would still be an epic tilt. Beyond that, what are the great fights left? If you could match up any two guys, who would you like to see?
I think we’ll probably see Anderson Silva move up to light heavyweight for a big money bout, possibly with Chuck Liddell, at some point. But I don’t think we’ll ever see Silva compete regularly for the light heavyweight title. Assuming Fedor Emelianenko doesn’t end up in the UFC, Silva vs. St. Pierre is probably the best possible fight the UFC can put together. Still, in a perfect world, these are five fights I’d like to see.
1. Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre (for reasons explained above).
2. Anderson Silva vs. Fedor Emelianenko. Top two pound-for-pound fighters going at it, although Silva probably gives up too much weight to make this as competitive as it could be.
3. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar. Fedor is the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time, Brock Lesnar is one of the most popular. Lesnar is a freak athletically and is a future star in the sport. I’d love to see this fight 15 months from now. I’d take it tomorrow if it was possible though, just for curiosity’s sake. Fedor would probably armbar Lesnar in the first or second round.
4. Anderson Silva vs. Rampage Jackson. If Silva is going to move up, I think this could be the most interesting fight for him.
5. Randy Couture vs. Fedor Emelianenko. MMA usually gives us dream fights a year or two too late (Chuck Liddell’s fight with Wanderlei Silva is a perfect example of this) but this would still be an intriguing fight. Not nearly as big as it would’ve been before Lesnar beat Couture, but it still would be entertaining.