The greatest of all time… it is a subjective accolade, but poll any group of MMA fans from any era and the vast majority will provide up Georges St Pierre or Anderson Silva as MMA’s theoretical”person to conquer.” In late 2016, news of the French-Canadian’s return fueled whispers of UFC president Dana White’s”one who got away” — St Pierre vs Silva — the very best versus the brightest. Sadly, the odds of it occurring now are as slim as they were. “Hurry” vs.”The Spider” is a myth; just one of several super fights we will likely never see.
Sadly, it’s not the sole one. Here are some other MMA superfights we got to see…
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar
Partly as a result of UFC’s monopolistic marketing power and partially because of his very best years being a decade ago, Fedor Emelianenko does not always get the respect he deserves from modern-day MMA fans. For those who watched his epic rampage through PRIDE’s heavyweight division thoughhe was the best heavyweight of his age… perhaps the biggest ever.
While Fedor might have been the best fighter in his day, Brock Lesnar was the largest box office draw. An immediate superstar, he polarized an audience who didn’t know what they wanted more; so watch him humbled in defeat, or glorified in success.
Physically, Lesnar was a creature. Walking round north of this 265-pound heavyweight limit, the NCAA standout moved with the speed and elegance of a guy half his size. Whether it was right down to popularity or notoriety he was a magnet to the paying public, headlining what was afterward the UFC’s biggest card over the likes of GSP, in what was his third tilt together with the promotion.
After years of deriding the Russian while he plied his trade for the contest, White announced that signing Stary Oskol’s favorite son was his”obsession.” Accounts of what happened following differ based on who you listen to them from. Fedor was tied up with M-1; based on White, a deal offering $2,000,000 per struggle, Pay-Per-View points along with an immediate title shot against Brock Lesnar was spurned; M-1 wished to co-promote Fedor’s struggles, and supposedly wanted Zuffa to finance the construction of a stadium in Russia. M-1 refuted these claims, and talks broke down.
Fedor’s inventory would drop considerably following three consecutive losses and Lesnar, while still a licence to print money, was subjected by better fighters and abandoned the game. It could have become the biggest-grossing MMA struggle of all time, but as is so frequently true, politics finally ruined it.
Ken Shamrock vs. Tank Abbott
Throwbacks into another age, arguably a different sport, Ken Shamrock and Tank Abbott were the poster children of the UFC’s formative years. While the event was intended as a subversive info-mercial for Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, you have to feel that the cash guys were quietly yanking a Shamrock success at UFC 1. He was 220 lbs of chiselled muscle, and the only fighter in the mount using recorded”free-fight” experience, Shamrock had the look of an action hero and the ability to back it up.
A few years later, David”Tank” Abbott hit the spectacle. Watch MMA reside or in a pub even today, and you will find no shortage of out-of-shape, beer-swilling loudmouths eager to share their view of how they would mop the floor with all the men on TV. Abbott was the guy, just he can mop the floor with some of the guys on TV. Fat, cocky and wearing about the exact same number of teeth as he had had karate course, Abbott was the manifestation of all a British artist was not assumed to be.
There is a bit of MMA folklore that says Tank was introduced into shed, thus proving the theory that the martial artist would always succeed over the thug. His (admittedly limited) wrestling background was played and he had been branded a’Pit Fighter’ in promotional stuff. When Tank started breaking heads in a number of the most visually abusive UFC fights of the era, a star was born, to the point that the company set him on a monthly salary; something not repeated since.
There was legitimate bad blood between the two parties, together with Shamrock and also his”Lion’s Den” after hunting down Abbott backstage after he’d caused difficulty. Ken never caught up with him though, either at the parking lot or even the cage, with both finally leaving the company for professions in pro-wrestling. Their surprise early-00’s returns once again sparked hope of a superfight from another creation, but for reasons unknown it was not meant to be.
Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones
Before the controversy that shelved him for what could likely have been his fighting prime, few would argue that Jon Jones was not at the absolute pinnacle of mixed martial arts. A world-class athlete, not just skillful, but an expert in all aspects of the game, Jones looked insurmountable. In 2011, he finished what was arguably the greatest season’s work of any battle sports athlete, defeating Ryan Bader,”Shogun” Rua,”Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida in the area of just 10 weeks.
While Jones was painting an image of violence at the light-heavyweight branch, Anderson Silva had been making a masterpiece at middleweight. Nobody had cleared out such a talent-rich branch and looked really untouchable in doing so. So absolute was Silva’s dominance, he had double moved up a weight class and demolished his resistance. His claim to the title of’best ever’ could be contested by a scant couple.
White once mentioned his capacity to generate a Jones vs. Silva superfight occur as a tool which would define his own heritage as a promoter. Fate, as it is want to do, conspired against him. Silva’s standing plummeted following a series of reductions and a failed drug test. Jones’ image was tarnished even further; while he did not falter in the cage, a series of self-inflicted’personal issues’ stripped”Bones” of his dignity, credibility and — most importantly — his own ability to compete.
Silva is past his prime and threatening retirement. Jones is concentrated firmly on regaining the light heavyweight title he never lost in the cage. Problems beyond the cage have almost certainly deprived us of one of the best struggles inside.
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