(Rosenthal, you scene-stealing son-of-a-bitch.)
MMA history is littered with badass sets of brothers — the Nogueiras, the Shamrocks, the Ruffos — but we wouldn’t necessarily want to see them cage-fight to the death. There are, of course, a few exceptions to that rule. In honor of tomorrow’s release of Warrior, which features two estranged brothers who [SPOILER ALERT!] beat the crap out of each other at the end, we humbly present our top-five dream fights between bros. Enjoy…
With all the times that Jason has slapped his brother in the face before UFC fights, you’d think that Clay might want to give some of it back, just once. Sure, the Carpenter would be at a solid 50-pound weight disadvantage, but I think he’d take it by decision due to his pace and his wrestling. Besides, it’s been too long since we’ve had a good open-weight freak show fight in this country.
This is basically the 2011 version of “I wonder what would happen if Shogun and Ninja fought each other?” With a 17-1 record and a Bellator Season 4 tournament sweep to his credit, Patricio Pitbull is undoubtedly one of the greatest featherweights outside of the UFC. (Notable moments: His TKO of Georgi Karakhanyan and destruction of Wilson Reis.) Patricio’s lightweight brother Patricky is just as ferocious, as proven by his knockout of Rob McCullough and highlight-reel flying-knee against Toby Imada. Make it happen, Bjorn.
More than anything, I just want to see Aleks fight a legitimate opponent who doesn’t faint out of terror. But it’s also a compelling matchup because Fedor and Aleksander have shared a rocky personal history. Aleksander has publicly blasted Fedor’s management and coaches, while Fedor has questioned his brother’s motivation and distanced himself from Aleks’s erratic behavior. Two brothers with completely different personalities, facing off in the cage — somebody should make a movie about that.
To hear Bones tell it, his big brother Arthur — a defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens — is about two years of training away from being the heavyweight champion of the world, and could smash Cain Velasquez. Arthur claims that he and Jon used to fight and wrestle all the time when they were younger, but Jon never won their little scraps. Like, ever. Well, Jonny Bones ain’t no kid anymore, and I propose an MMA fight to prove who’s really the top dog in the Jones family. Judging by the way Arthur got handled by Kelly Gregg, my money’s on the champ.
After his ninth consecutive middleweight title defense against Yushin Okami last month, Anderson Silva was asked who he wants to fight next, to which he responded, “my clone.” Look, I don’t care how many millions of dollars in research and development it takes to create an exact replica of Anderson with identical MMA skills, but I think we can all agree that it needs to happen. Obviously, if Silva can keep the fight standing, Silva should have it in the bag, but if Silva can get the fight to the ground, Silva immediately turns the odds in his favor. (To clarify, Original Silva would be cornered by Real Steven Seagal, while Clone Silva would be cornered by the character Seagal played in Out for Justice.)
- Ben Goldstein