No matter the combat sport, it’s always fun to discuss and debate with other fight fans over superfights. These are the fights that every fight fan would pay to watch; fights that go beyond promotional barriers, weight classes and sometimes, even gender!
However, many of the most talked about superfights over the past few years are actually still a possibility. Which leaves us wondering, what is it going to take for these fighters to finally get into the cage or ring and answer the questions fans have been asking for years?
Today, Evolve Daily takes a look at 5 Possible Superfights Every Fight Fan Wants To See Happen Today:
1) Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Buakaw Banchamek
There hasn’t been a more talked about superfight in the world of Muay Thai over the past decade than Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Buakaw Banchamek (formerly Buakaw Por. Pramuk). This is simply because there hasn’t been any two fighters in the world of kickboxing or Muay Thai more dominant than these two legends.
Yodsanklai is three-time Lumpinee Muay Thai World Champion, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion, and the first champion of The Contender Asia. Buakaw on the other hand, is a two-time K-1 Max World Champion, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion and more.
It’s also safe to say that the two men are arguably the most popular fighters in the world of stand-up striking today. Making this superfight Muay Thai’s more exciting version of a Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Is It Possible?
With the exception of Yodsanklai fighting all the way up in the Super Middleweight division in previous years, both fighters are still fighting more actively in the -70kg/154lb division. And though Thai fighters tend not to match themselves up with their fellow countrymen once they hit the intentional scene, this superfight is still very much a possibility.
Both fighters are still relatively in their prime and fighting actively. They are even signed under a few promotions together, like China’s Kunlun Fighting Championship. It’s only a matter of time before Yodsanklai and Buakaw reaches the #1 and #2 spot under the same promotion. Once that happens, don’t be surprised if the promotion’s matchmakers decide to finally make the superfight a reality.
2) Gennady Golovkin vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
After defeating Filipino boxing icon and eight-division World Champion Manny Pacquiao, many fans started to wonder what’s left for boxing’s pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. And over the past few months, one particular fighter has managed to convince fans and the media that he is indeed the only viable threat to Mayweather left in boxing.
This fighter, is Gennady Golovkin, also known as “GGG” (Triple G). The undefeated Golovkin has a stunning total of 30 knockouts in 33 wins. And like Mayweather, he was a celebrated amateur boxer as well, winning the World Championships in 2003 and the silver medal in the Olympics in 2004.
However, it is not his achievements but his style that makes him such an intriguing opponent for Mayweather. Many believe that Golovkin has the ability to pressure Mayweather like Marcos Maidana did in their first fight, but with a lot more punching power and stamina than Maidana. And with the skill and impregnable defense Mayweather possesses, everyone knows that a knockout might be the only way to topple the pound for pound king.
Is It Possible?
After his most recent win over Andre Berto, Mayweather announced his retirement, leaving the sport with an unblemished record of 49-0. Since then, many have given up on the idea of the superfight with “GGG”.
However, many forget that Mayweather has come out of retirement before. And Mayweather’s recent comments (http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-boxing-mayweather-20150914-story.html) have hinted that returning to the ring is still a possibility, but only under the right circumstances.
3) Ronda Rousey vs. Cris “Cyborg” Justino
Arguably the most talked about superfight in the world of MMA right now is the one between UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey and Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino. The two fighters have established very legitimate claims as the leading ladies of MMA over the last couple of years.
Ever since the beginning of Rousey’s now illustrious career, fans and media have built Cyborg up as her rival – and it’s not hard to see why. Like Rousey, Cyborg is one of the most dominant female fighters to ever walk the face of this planet. As the former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion and current Invicta FC Featherweight Champion, Cyborg has an incredible total of 12 knockouts under her belt and is still considered to be undefeated and unchallenged throughout her MMA career.
And though it’s hard to imagine Rousey having a hard time with anyone in the WMMA scene today, there’s no question that Cyborg will indeed be her toughest test ever. Cyborg is also an opponent that will no doubt solidify Rousey’s status as the greatest female fighter to ever live.
Is It Possible?
This is the fight that everyone, including both Rousey and Cyborg, wants to see. With the amount of hype and media coverage behind the fight, it almost seems inevitable that this fight will happen in the near future. However, Rousey’s unwillingness to step out of the 135lb weight class is the only thing stopping this fight from happening at the moment.
But with Cyborg reportedly dropping down to 140lb for next fight in Invicta FC, things are starting to look promising. So unless Rousey is willing to make a catchweight bout possible, or if Cyborg is willing to drop down to 135lb, fans should not expect the fight to take place anytime soon.
4) Jon Jones vs. Chris Weidman
Having beaten the likes of Anderson Silva (twice), Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort, it seems that Chris Weidman is finally getting the respect he deserves as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. And right now, even in a division stacked with extremely talented and credible contenders, many are still unclear if anyone is actually really able to challenge him.
This has left people asking what would happen if the current UFC Middleweight Champion went up against the former pound for pound king and UFC Lightheavyweight Champion, Jon Jones. It’s no secret that Weidman is hell-bent in his mission to become the greatest fighter to ever live, and Jones might undoubtedly the only man in his way right now.
In a recent interview Weidman once again confirmed his desire to conquer yet another supposedly impossible feat by saying, “I know for a fact, I’m not leaving this sport without fighting Jon.” If Weidman does manage to clear out the rest of the division at middleweight, this fight might very well be the only viable option left for both fighters.
Is It Possible?
In a recent Q&A at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White revealed that a champion vs. champion fight between then champion Jon Jones and Chris Weidman was actually in the works for a potential UFC debut in New York City, not long ago.
However, with Jones suspended and the MMA bill dying again in the New York State Assembly after passing the Senate for the eighth straight year in a row, the fight could not come to fruition. But with both fighters interested, and the fact that the UFC was at one point in the process of making the fight a reality, the possibility of this fight is still very promising – that is of course, if Jones returns to the UFC in time.
5) Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre
Not long ago, Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva were considered to be two of the greatest mixed martial artists on the planet. Both dominated and held the title in their respective divisions longer than anyone else in the game. So it was only a matter of time before people started wondering how a fight between the two would go.
This superfight has been teased on multiple occasions in the past but has failed to become a reality due to various issues on both sides. And now, even when both fighters are out of the picture, fans still consider them to be the best in their divisions. A bout between these two legends will likely always be the biggest fight of the sport’s history.
Is It Possible?
St-Pierre is supposedly retired and Silva is currently under suspension, so the odds of this fight happening lessens with each passing day. Both fighters have clearly accomplished all that there is to in the sport. However, if St-Pierre does decide to return to MMA, this much anticipated match up might be the only one that makes sense for both fighters – a match up to see who indeed was the greatest from their generation.
The mere thought of any of these superfights will never fail to excite us. All we can do is hope that they can finally become a reality while it’s still possible!