The Top 3 Alternative Future Fights

The MMA community seems to be focusing its attention on three potential super fights but there are so many other interesting prospective match ups to look forward to. Rather than preoccupy my interest with dreams of Silva and GSP, I have compiled a list of another three conceivable fights that have sadly been overshadowed.

1. Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem VS. Junior Dos Santos

With the buyout of STRIKEFORCE, a number of super fights have become instantly more viable. Along with Nick Diaz, Alistair Overeem has been a fighter that the fans are begging to make the UFC crossover.

There are still many hurdles in the way though. Overeem has to win his next three fights to claim the SF Heavyweight Grand Prix and Dos Santos has to overcome hard-hitting Shane Carwin and champion Cain Velasquez. If all goes well for both fighters, we will have a stand up war between two dynamic and lethal strikers. Overeem is devastating on his feet and anyone who doubts that just has to look at his 2010 K-1 Grand Prix winner’s trophy.

A Hundred Battles

What makes this fight so special is the idea that Dos Santos is the only top UFC heavyweight you can imagine standing with Overeem. Velasquez, Carwin, Lesnar, Mir and Nelson would all look to take “The Reem” down.

2. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar

Despite both fighters being on a downwards trend, this fight would propel the winner back to the top of the division. However, this fight would be about more than mere title contention; this fight would settle a long running feud that has been fought in the internet forums for years.

Brock’s career has been unfairly tarred by his pro wrestling past and has been accused of solely using his size to win fights. Fedor, on the other hand, is a legend who, during Brock’s rise to the title, was always touted as the man to stop him. With all the would-be glory for the victor, a loss would be devastating for either fighter. If Fedor loses, his legacy would be further tarnished with a loss to a former pro wrestler. If Brock loses, the former unstoppable freight train will have lost to an old MMA veteran who was on the verge of retiring after losing his last two fights. Not to mention he’s probably two weight classes smaller.

Could Fedor stop Brock’s takedowns? Could Brock take Fedor’s punch?

3. Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo

Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo

Frankie Edgar is a small lightweight and could easily drop down a weight class to face Jose Aldo. This fight has been on the cards well before the WEC was consumed by the UFC. Both well rounded fighters who will feel confident no matter where the fight goes. Aldo perhaps has the advantage on the feet but Edgar has the edge in wrestling.

If the fight was kept standing, it will be interesting to see if the quick-fire pitter-patter striking from Edgar will work on an equally fast Aldo. Edgar will not have the distinct speed advantage that he has enjoyed in his recent fights.

If taken down, Matt Hominick showed that it is possible to control Aldo on the ground. However, it’s a dangerous tactic to roll with a BJJ black belt for five rounds.


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