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Friday, 12/21/2012, 11:23 am

Ten Christmas Presents the UFC Needs to Give Fans in 2013

There are so many potential match-ups for UFC fans now that Strikeforce is closing its doors. Young guns rising and some of the sport’s most storied athletes still remain on the roster. BJPenn.com takes a look at ten essential fights that need to take place in 2013.

10. Gilbert Melendez vs. Frankie Edgar

Gilbert Melendez is not ranked as the consensus number one fighter at lightweight because he was not fighting in the UFC. Sure, his last two fights have been uninspired, but imagine playing a video game where there are basically one or two threats to your top spot. It would get boring very quickly.

Frankie Edgar is a guy who can step up to the plate no matter who the pitcher is and usually knock it out of the park when it comes to big fights. He would make Gil step his game up and the pace of the fight would be fast and furious.

The end result of this booking  is an exciting fight that MMA fans would get their money’s worth out of.

9. Rory MacDonald vs. Nick Diaz

Rory MacDonald is a monster. He is athletic, skilled, and tenacious. Nick Diaz is skilled, unpredictable, and dangerous. This fight is a powder keg.

Diaz has to hate MacDonald. Rory’s new GSP worthy, rich boy, GQ clothing look coupled with an attitude that just infuriates his haters would be fuel for the fire. Nick’s brother Nate got manhandled by Rory and you have to bet Nick would want revenge for the Diaz family. No one is quite sure how Rory handles personal feuds and this would be a litmus test from hell. MacDonald would either come out of that pressure situation a diamond – or coal dust.

8.  Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping

So this is a no-brainer. Earlier this year, Michael Bisping claimed to be the unofficial Strikeforce champion after a sparring session with Rockhold. Luke responded with some verbal shots of his own claiming it was the other way around and that Bisping was pretty much hallucinating. The reason this fight has to happen is that Luke is a different animal than any other fighter Mike has faced. He’s tall, agile, and accurate with his striking. He is similar in those aspects to Anderson Silva. This would be the first time Bisping would be fighting someone with a striking style resembling his own.

7. Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez

Champion vs. Champion. Benson Henderson is the top ranked fighter in the world at lightweight. Gilbert Melendez is the hardcore fan favorite to hold the true top spot at 155 pounds. This fight would answer a lot of questions and settle the dispute for most people as to who really is the king of the lightweight division.

6. Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping

Michael has been begging and pleading for a title shot since day one and each time he has been denied. He is always one fight away from getting said shot. He fights top ten fighters that are enough to put him one fight away consistently, but never that one guy who warrants him a legitimate shot. A win over Chael Sonnen would have given him the shot for sure, but he lost a close decision and the opportunity to face Anderson Silva. His next obstacle is Vitor Belfort and a win over Belfort just might do the trick.

5. Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva

Ever since Silva got obliterated by Vitor Belfort at UFC Brazil in 1998 he has wanted revenge on Belfort. They were scheduled to meet at UFC 147, but Belfort pulled out citing injury. Wanderlei was very vocal about doubting the validity of the injury and his desire for the fight to still happen. Fans are still hoping this fight happens and Dana White needs to book it before they both retire.

4. Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson

Ever since Roy accused of Shane of cycling off steroids it has been on. Shane brushed the comments off initially only to become frustrated again when Roy Tweeted about it. If that wasn’t enough Shane pulled out of his fight with Roy due to injury and the steroid rumors surfaced again and Carwin was once again accused of not having enough time to cycle off, or get them out of his system before he was tested. There is still bad blood between the two and this one needs to happen.

3. Luke Rockhold vs. Anderson Silva

Champion vs. Champion. Silva has called out Rockhold albeit in a polite manner through master manager Ed Soares. Rockhold has stated on several interviews that he wanted his first fight in the UFC to be with Anderson. It would make sense to have the last Strikeforce Middleweight Champion to get a shot at the current UFC champion – if Rockhold doesn’t draw Bisping first.

2. Daniel Cormier vs. Junior Dos Santos

The hottest prospect to come out of the American Kickboxing Academy in a long time is Daniel Cormier. Cormier defeated Antonio Silva and Josh Barnett and ever since then his stock is high. Junior Dos Santos has beaten the top heavyweights and cleared out the UFC division he is currently the king of. Cormier has top notch wrestling and very heavy hands. A true worthy opponent for JDS.

1. Georges St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva

This one has to happen because a lot of fans are tired of hearing about it. If there was a fighter that you call the anti Anderson Silva it would be GSP. Strong wrestling, elusive striking, and strength in general. Silva might have a tough time staying on his feet in this bout. On the flip side if Anderson connects GSP is going to sleep. Condit scrambled his brains significantly in GSP’s last title defense. Silva is a finisher and GSP would have been put away. This fight needs the green light because this truly would settle who the best pound for pound fighter in the world today really is.

 

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32 Comments to Ten Christmas Presents the UFC Needs to Give Fans in 2013

  1. Zack says:

    I stopped reading when luke rockholds striking was compared to Anderson Silvas.

  2. nick says:

    crap article

  3. kyle says:

    jones vs silva

  4. Evan says:

    gilbert vs frankie and rockhold vs silva? pass me whatever your smokin bra

    • GSP IS SCARED OF A SILVA says:

      Too bad GSP is scared to death of Silva. Any bets GSP takes another year off after he Fitchs Diaz for 25 minutes.

      • domp says:

        thats funny cuz anderson is scared to death of jon jones so…. think of something else to bring up douche

      • Summer says:

        Your on the right track!! With Silva Mind Control Method – Everything can go from negative to poiistve – In a matter of moments!! I really liked the way you explained it!! You made it easy for almost everyone to understand, even ifthey haven’t been involved with this kind of thinking before!!

    • Meena says:

      here to see the original:a0 UFC 101 Aftermath – Obsessed With Sports Tagged as: arena, broke, crowd, fteihrgningly-dominant, griffin, mediocre-ones, rogan, stands,

    • Andy says:

      I am a graduate of Silva ineutrctsd by Jose Silva himself. I want to teach the course. What is the procedure? Whom do I contact? I have just retired from 55 years of teaching at all levels and in many countries.Sincerely,Paul Gagne. Grad. June 1974 Pawtucket, R.I.

  5. Sasquatch says:

    I can’t believe they don’t have JBJ vs. Anderson?!… replace GSP with Jones cause nobody seems to care about that match up anymore.

  6. CanILive says:

    rockhold vs. silva? GTFO not even worth money

  7. Cain Belaskez says:

    where’s Jon Jones?

    • Oksana says:

      Ever before due to the fact their feud in UFC 107 in December, there have been varuois situations, exactly where it was imagined that Evans and Jackson may well collide next to one one more. On the other hand, Jackson announced a retirement, which did not last for prolonged, but placed the match on maintain. Now, with the star announcing a return, pretty much not long ago, the feud has been reignited. Each of them will get an opportunity to settle their variations as soon as and for all when they go head-to-head against a single another in UFC 114 on Might 29.

  8. Eric says:

    I can’t believe Overeem vs Dos Sanos is not on here….

  9. adz says:

    I’d bet $100 the author of this article does not train in any form of combat sports…what an idiot

  10. jenna says:

    CYBORG VS ROUSEY??
    TATE VS ROUSEY 2??

  11. LOL says:

    If you look at this article as comedy its alright. Wait no, still pretty bad.

  12. Dave says:

    No Anderson vs Weidman? The legit number 1 contender at middleweight should warrant a fight that should happen in 2013.

  13. tattoo28 says:

    silva vs gsp is a such bullshit fight…
    make a fuckin silva vs jones…
    gsp vs hendricks
    now thats a fight

    • killaj671 says:

      how about the UFC make fights based on ranking and not what makes the most money.

      • Trevor says:

        That would make sense. Both Silva and Jones are top ranking in 205 division so what’s wrong with that? Jones would kill him, but I don’t see your problem. Also as much as I like the way Diaz fights I think Henderson should definitely have the fight right now.

  14. killaj671 says:

    what a horrible article.

  15. Doc says:

    Jon BONES Jones Vs. Anderson Silva, The Lab Product Alistar Overeem Vs. JDS, Dan Henderson Vs. Jon BONES Jones.. Anyone who fights Bisping i would watch.. AND HOPE HE GETS SMASHED!! Merry Christmas!! Cheers…. Doc

  16. Sobby Sapp says:

    Sean McClure you need to go back to being a magician because that may well be the worst article I’ve read on here ….. ever

  17. Alfie says:

    If watching UFC tells us anything is that it itself is the top flight of competition how many times has a up and comer from strike force come over to UFC and had their ass handed to em I don’t think anyone coming from strike force should get a straight title shot because they can’t be properly ranked untill they fight in the UFC

  18. 123 says:

    10. Jose Aldo vs Anthony Pettis – 9. Brad Pickett vs Brian Bowles – 8. Jake Ellenberger vs Rory Mcdonald – 7. Chris Weidman vs Jake Shields – 6. Alexander Gustaffson vs Glover Texiera – 5. Roy Nelson vs Mark Hunt – 4. Nick Diaz vs Martin Kampmann – 3. Michael Bisping vs Alan Belcher – 2. Ben Henderson vs Gray Maynard – 1. Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones

    • okeedokee says:

      I like 123’s match ups better…

      Sean do you watch UFC or any combat sport?

      You should really consider your reports a little more before you publish them.

      If ever you are having issues feel free to e-mail any real MMA fan and we can def help you with your work.

    • Sasquatch says:

      I f***in like those match ups man!

  19. braddah_lenn says:

    Wat about bones jones vs Anderson? JDS vs alistair? Rousey vs cyborg?

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