The UFC is the most successful MMA promotion in the world. Over the last decade, Dana White and the Fertitta brothers have turned the once failing company into a billion dollar revenue source. The key to the UFC’s success is simple. The best fighters in the world compete against each other underneath the Zuffa banner.
World-class fighters such as Jon Jones, Conor McGregor and Anderson Silva have made millions of dollars while fighting for the UFC. Of course, the wealthiest fighters in the UFC have definitely earned their money. More often than not, the UFC hosts the best possible matchups on a consistent basis.
The last few years have been truly thrilling for MMA fans. However, while Dana White and the Fertitta brothers have done everything possible to please the fans, there have been countless dream fights that the UFC missed the boat on.
Here is our list of the 15 dream fights that UFC fans will never get to see.
15 Wanderlei Silva vs. Randy Couture
During the heyday of Pride FC, Wanderlei Silva was the ruler of the Japanese promotion’s middleweight division. In his prime, “The Axe Murderer” was the most vicious fighter that the sport of MMA had ever seen. Wanderlei kneed, punched, and head stomped his way to the top of the sport. Anyone who stood in his path was destroyed and broken by the onslaught of the Brazilian bomber.
Notable warriors such as Sakuraba, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and Dan Henderson succumbed to the wrath of “The Axe Murderer.” However, while Silva ruled Pride FC’s middleweight division, Randy “The Natural” Couture was the champion of the UFC’s light heavyweight division.
14 Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre
Just a few years ago, Silva and GSP were the two greatest fighters in the UFC. However, things have changed significantly since their days of UFC dominance. GSP has been retired for a few years now, and Anderson Silva’s reputation has been destroyed due to a failed drug test following his victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 183.
13 Ronda Rousey vs. Cyborg
Not long ago, Rousey appeared to be invincible, and her fans thought that she was truly unbeatable. Rousey dominated everyone, and MMA fans actually believed that she could've defeated men her own size. However, Holly Holm knocked her out cold at UFC 193, and everything changed overnight for Rousey and her followers.
12 Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar
11 Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler 2 (Possible)
Robbie Lawler is the current champion of the UFC’s welterweight division. Each one of his fights are more exciting than the last. However, Lawler was knocked out against Nick Diaz back in 2004. But, that was a long time ago, and Lawler has become a great fighter since that loss.
10 Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis
9 Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
8 Anderson Silva vs. Lyoto Machida
7 Chris Weidman vs. Jon Jones
6 Lyoto Machida vs. Vitor Belfort (Possible)
5 Georges St-Pierre vs. Robbie Lawler (Possible)
4 Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks 2
In their first fight at UFC 167, Johny Hendricks lost a widely disputed decision against GSP. Most people thought that Hendricks did enough to take the title from the reigning champion. Unfortunately, the judges didn't see it that way, as GSP’s takedowns held significant value to the judges, but Johny’s devastating punches seemed to have been overlooked.
3 Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva
This matchup would have been truly incredible. Two of the best fighters of all time squaring up against each other for a huge payday and massive bragging rights. Unfortunately, the UFC never made this fight happen.
2 Fedor Emilienenko vs. Randy Couture
1 Jon Jones vs. Cain Velasquez (Possible)
The perfect time to make this fight was right after UFC 182. Jones had just defeated Daniel Cormier in one of the most anticipated light heavyweight fights of all time. During the post fight interview, Jones called out Velasquez for a potential superfight.
The build up to the dream match would have been huge, but it never took place. Velasquez recently lost to Fabricio Werdum, and Jones was suspended for fleeing the scene of an accident. Now, this fight may never take place.
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