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Fool Me Once, Shame on You: Five UFC Rematches We’d Love to See Happen

Let’s be honest, there weren’t many of us out there biting our nails in anticipation of Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman Part II in the weeks leading up to it, but boy were we wrong. The rematch, which took home Fight of the Night Honors, was a back and forth, blood soaked brawl, and we loved every second of it. So it is in light of their triumph that we present you, Potato Nation, with five rematches, in no particular order, that we can expect to see as soon as Joe Silva starts returning our calls.

5. Carlos Condit vs. Rory Macdonald

Depending on how well Carlos Condit does in his upcoming title fight against GSP, the possibility of seeing these two welterweight brutes tangle again seems pretty high. Both have been on a tear as of late, and the first fight between them was nothing short of extraordinary.

Macdonald, a relatively unknown at the time, gave the final WEC welterweight champ all he could handle, utilizing a beautiful array of kicks and takedowns to keep Condit off balance for the better part of two rounds. Condit was able to shake off the cobwebs and mount a ground and pound clinic on Macdonald in the third however, finishing him off with just 7 seconds left in the fight. If Condit is able to defeat GSP, and if Rory can get by Brian Ebersole at UFC 140 (and maybe another, higher tier fighter), then we have the makings of one hell of a title fight.

4. Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann 

The main event of the third UFC on Versus, this fight changed the perspective on how much punishment someone could absorb while still walking away the victor. For three rounds, Kampmann brutalized “The Nightmare” “The Dream’s” face with sharp punches, but Sanchez waded through nearly all of them, landing a few nice combinations of his own and scoring a takedown in the third round. “The Hitman” quickly found himself on the losing side of another razor-thin decision, and protested it with the infamous “Look at that dude’s fucking face!” defense, to no avail. Add to that their heated Twitter feud and we’ve got ourselves a full blown grudge match, and we all know how much the UFC loves those. Both guys are facing tough tests in their next fights, Kampmann takes on Rick Story at UFC 139 and Sanchez takes on Jake Ellenberger at UFC 141. When the smoke clears from all that, who honestly wouldn’t want to see these guys go to war again?

3. Forrest Griffin v. Quinton Jackson

Their title fight back at UFC 86 marked the first time a TUF winner would ever don UFC gold, discounting our boy Matt Serra of course, who the world was aware of before his time on The Ultimate Fighter. The decision was controversial, its aftermath even more so. But with 520,000 pay-per-view buy’s the first time around, this rematch could easily boost up a card’s interest level, though maybe as a co-main event this time.

Though “Rampage” seems destined for other venues, there’s no doubt that this is one loss that he would like to erase before his contract expires…in fact, he has been repeatedly begging for it. Griffin, on the other hand, finds himself in an unusual place amongst the UFC’s light heavyweight division. On the heels of knockout loss to Maricio Rua at UFC 134, a win over Jackson would not only validate his original victory, but propel him back up the light heavyweight ranks. If anything, it will be interesting just to see if DW can get Forrest to leave Vegas again.

2. Edson Barboza vs. Ross Pearson

The first fight, which just recently transpired at UFC 134, was the very definition of a battle between a brawler and a technical striker. Pearson looked about as good as he could in the loss, repeatedly tagging Barboza despite the Brazilian’s reach advantage. Barboza however, was able to land more consistently and with more pizzazz, walking away with the split decision victory in his second consecutive Fight of the Night winning performance.

Though a win in the rematch wouldn’t do much for either fighter in terms of stock value, this is just one of those fights that we simply want to watch again as fans of the sport, regardless of rankings. Some of us weren’t exactly convinced that Barboza deserved the nod, stating Pearson’s constant pressure as a determining factor. And since neither fighter has anything booked at the moment, why not give it another go?

1. Miguel Torres vs. Takeya Mizugaki 

Ah, the good old days of the WEC. Back in 2009, Miguel Torres was about as close as you could get to an unbeatable fighter. Takeya Mizugaki was an unknown Shooto vet with a penchant for brawling, and my God what a brawl this turned into. In a fight that was nominated across the forum world for fight of the year, Torres and Mizugaki stood toe-to-toe for 25 minutes and threw down, with each fighter not letting a strike go unanswered.

Coming off a second round TKO of Cole Escovedo at UFC 135, Mizugaki arguably has the momentum in his favor this time around, as Torres will be trying to rebound from a unanimous decision loss to Demetrious Johnson against Nick Pace at UFC 139. If he can best Pace, then this rematch would make all the more sense in terms of the bantamweight picture. If not, then this fight would still be a nice addition to any card in need of fireworks.

-Danga 

What say you, Potato Nation? Are there any other rematches that you are currently blowing up DW’s Twitter with requests for? Let us know in the comments section.

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MyFightWiffaCheeto- October 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm
I think you know the PotatoNation has long been clamoring for Pedro Martinez-Don Zimmer II.
SnackDaddy- October 4, 2011 at 9:31 am
Good list aside from Forrest vs Rampage. Would hate to sit through that.
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Stak40- October 4, 2011 at 6:31 am
If were allowing Kampmann to right all the wrongs the judges did to him then i rather he fight Shields again. This time DW wont have his hand in the judges pocket to validate his title shot at GSP!
Motivated Penn- October 4, 2011 at 5:02 am
Kampmann vs Sanchez was a joke. AMAZING Fight, very very happy White gave them both vast bonuses, both fighters showed a lot of heart, especially Sanchez, but Kampamann did exponentially more damage to Sanchez, and should have won. I've watched it 3-4 times, just a jolly good fight. Rematch NAO!
RaginAsian- October 4, 2011 at 3:13 am
Pettis vs. Henderson II doesn't seem like too much of a stretch. It'd have to be a Fight Night main event or something, though. No way could they settle for a three-rounder.
Todd M- October 3, 2011 at 9:17 pm
@ KINGMADE, well I guess you just got trolled. Of your list the only rematch I want to see is Kampmann vs Sanchez. I do think Diego won it thought under tha current scoring system, in the 2nd and 3rd he was far more aggressive and rocked Kampmann a couple of times, Kampmann dominated the 1st and landed the cleaner shots throughout the whole fight, but after the 1st round he really backed off and let Diego back into it, either way close fight and I would watch it again. @ Jugger & RSparrow, I agree about Forrest something seems missing and I really don't think he can hang with any of these top guys anymore, god forbid the UFC makes us sit through Griffin vs Ortiz 3, battle of the gatekeepers.
cabj1905- October 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm
I don't know where Diego Sanchez is fighting these days, but if he's at his normal weight of 170, I'd like to see him fight Nick Diaz again. If he wants to do the 155 thing, give Clay Guida another crack at "The Dream" (WTF?). Frankly, I don't think he'd win either of those again, but they would be interesting to see.
RSparrow- October 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm
Jugger, thank you... The days or Forrest are donesky. I could give two shits, great personality, but doesnt have ONE thing he does spectacular. Can act like a monkey pretty good.
Hassium- October 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm
Since when was Torres a featherweight?
Sopapo- October 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm
Barry vs Kongo! lets see HD get a win or two first thou. Would love to see Ebersole vs Lytle II but since lytle retired i guess that wont happen. It was a one sided beating but lytle stated that it was his first and last time fighting injured..
RwilsonR- October 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Tito Ortiz vs Ryan Bader - a fluke that needs to be set right.
Austin3210- October 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm
fought*...
Austin3210- October 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm
@Kingmade

I don't think it was either.

CP made an article about how they thought they were going to fight again at an upcoming ProElite card in Ilinois and they got the number of times they had fough wrong.
smellypiratehooker- October 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm
Overeem vs Rogers 2...for Rogers wife
MediumRare- October 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm
Steve Jennum vs Harold Howard
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KINGMADE- October 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm
Jugger...They already fought 3 times you dumb ass.. or was that a shitty attempt at trolling?
Jugger- October 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Arlovski vs Sylvia 2!!! Make it happen EliteXC!
Jugger- October 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm
Am I the only who couldn't care less if Forrest ever fought again? The interest meter doesn't even flicker when I read his name. His interviews leading up to Shogun made me think he wants to fight about as much as I want to watch him fight.
Konkey Dong- October 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm
Forrest was the first TUF winner to win a title, but Rashad was the last.
SocraticMethod- October 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm
"Their title fight back at UFC 86 marked the first (and last) time a TUF winner would ever don UFC gold, discounting our boy Matt Serra of course, who the world was aware of before his time on The Ultimate Fighter." -- Rashad?
skeletor- October 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Martinez VS Zimmer II. I Have been waiting for that shit forever.
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Good article but I still hate you Danga
Fried Taco- October 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm
I wanna see Hendo vs Fedor again. I blinked at the wrong time when I saw it the first time.
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