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Top 10 Fights on My Christmas Wish List

(There may be only one man on earth who can make the Santa hat look cool.)

I don’t want much this holiday season.  Well, besides that Red Ryder BB Gun I ask for every year.  And a pony.  But there are some fights I’d like to see in 2009, and while I don’t think that mall Santa I tried to talk to is going to be any help (let’s just say it got heated and we both said some things we didn’t really mean), I’m holding out hope that the powers that be will hear my pleas and make some of these happen.  

Here’s my wish list of ten fights for 2009.  Some are very likely.  Some are just barely feasible.  But I tried to stay away from the downright impossible, hence the absence of Fedor vs. The Highlander.  Feel free to let me know all about what’s on your list in the comments section:

1. Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre: Whether GSP beats Penn or not (magic eight ball says, “all signs point to yes,”) this has the potential to be the UFC’s biggest superfight ever.  They have precious few opportunities to settle pound-for-pound debates, but this is their best shot.  If MMA becomes legal in New York this year, as it probably will, this fight could do a Jay-Z and sell out the Garden in a day.

2. B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian: Perhaps no fighter in the UFC has improved so much by sheer force of will as KenFlo.  Penn is the lightweight champ, and he deserves to be, which is why I really wish he’d stop chasing fights in other weight classes and set his sights on defending that title.  Winning a belt is great, but defending it is how you cement your status as a dominant champ.  Penn probably beats Florian in a tough fight, but there’s only one way to find out.

3. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett:
If he beats Arlovski, this is the only realistically possible bout for Fedor that would still be compelling.  I know they’re friends and all, but Affliction is starting to feel like a narrowing path leading only to this fight.  Hopefully all parties concerned – Affliction, Barnett, Fedor, Fedor’s management team – can hold it together long enough to make it happen.

4. Miguel Torres vs. Urijah Faber: The Faber-Pulver rematch seems fun, but a little pointless to me.  I think he’ll eventually get his WEC belt back when Mike Brown is healthy, then I’d love to see this clash between the two best fighters in the organization.  

5. Brock Lesnar vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: Chances of this happening are very good.  I think Big Nog rolls through Frank Mir, and then we should see this fight some time in the late spring or summer.  I like it because it’s an entirely new and interesting test of how good Lesnar really is.  From what we’ve seen so far, to beat Lesnar you need submission skills and the ability to withstand power shots from those cartoon-sized mallets he calls hands.  Who does that sound like to you? 

6. Anderson Silva vs. whoever’s the 205-pound champ: Demolishing James Irvin proved that going up in weight is not, in itself, a significant challenge for Silva.  He needs to go up in weight against someone who matters – and not just someone who used to matter, either.  If he wins, there’s that familiar problem of one man holding two titles again.  But it would be a great excuse for him to vacate the middleweight belt, allowing that division to become competitive again.

7. Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva (yes, again): The first fight was epic, so why not run it back?  You don’t need a reason.  You can do it whether Wandy wins or loses against Rampage, and it might be interesting to see if things turn out any differently now that “The Axe Murderer” has had a chance to acclimate himself to the UFC.

8. Gina Carano vs. “Cyborg” Santos: Can we please just do this thing and find out how good “Crush” really is?  It’s the only women’s MMA fight that has real drawing power, but that won’t last forever.  It needs to happen sooner rather than later, and if it delivers it has the potential of really pushing the women’s fight game forward.

9. Shinya Aoki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama: Hope for this one is fading fast, but damn if I don’t want to see it.  I may be alone in loving everything about Aoki, from his tights to his positively ridiculous submissions, but I don’t care.  I also love the semi-formal feud between these two, and regardless of how Aoki does against Eddie Alvarez on NYE, I still have to admit to myself that this is a fight I really want to see.

10. Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra: All right, so I’m a sucker for a grudge match, especially when it seems genuine.  I also love the contrast between the gun-loving, Bible-thumping farmboy Hughes, and the pasta-loving, big-talking, Long Island little man Serra.  They’re both obnoxious in completely different ways, and I never get tired of it.  You add this to my dream Silva-GSP card at MSG and every fake-tanned mook in the five burroughs will be there, covered in his finest Axe Body Spray.  I can almost smell it now…


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Anonymous- February 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm
Anonymous- January 6, 2009 at 2:05 pm
I'd like to see Eddie Alvarez fight Matt Hughes. It would probably would only last a minutes or two, but I would love to see Alvarez kick Hughes' ass and then KO him.
just some dong- December 21, 2008 at 9:09 am
@ Imbecile:

yes, lambert is a total fayg.

I just want to see machida fight as often as possible. He never gets hurt anyway... put him on every other card dammit. He will be the champ one day.
Neogetter02- December 20, 2008 at 11:59 pm
@Crittino thats a good one "Everybody in the ufc named silva in the cage at one time. Whoever wins is the ultimate fighter" thats going to be the Ultimate fighter season 20 lol
Anonymous- December 20, 2008 at 4:58 pm
i want ed herman to face anyone besides the cream puffs he has faced, so he will see that he will NEVER make it to the top in the UFC !!!!
Robert- December 20, 2008 at 5:52 am
Tito Ortiz vs. Frank Shamrock
Gina Carano vs. Cris Cyborg
Ken Shamrock vs. Tank Abbott
KJ Noons vs. Paul Daley
Tito Ortiz vs. Jason Guida
Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice
Kimbo Slice vs. Bob Sapp
Tito Ortiz vs. Kimbo Slice
Gina Carano's Tits

Crittino- December 20, 2008 at 1:32 am
Everybody in the ufc named silva in the cage at one time. Whoever wins is the ultimate fighter
tyler- December 19, 2008 at 6:45 pm
My list couldn't be more serious I'd also add Tito Ortiz vs. Kimbo Slice, Ken Shamrock vs. Tim Sylvia, and Gina Carano vs. any other fighter with big tits!
skidding- December 19, 2008 at 3:56 pm
Aoki vs Akiyama? Aoki is a wizard, but Akiyama's weight and strength advantage would be ridiculously unfair.
Anonymous- December 19, 2008 at 3:19 pm
rh you r a moran...... get off of fedors D..k AA will be fedors first real top 5 hw contender he has fought. tim silvia got beat out of the ufc so you cant say he's top anything.
forrest griffin lover- December 19, 2008 at 2:46 pm
forrest griffin vs the spider that would be a great fight please let me see that!! or machido vs the spider i want to also see a rematch so brock can redeem his loss to mir and give him the beating he deserves. and yes carano vs steroid cyborg.
Neogetter02- December 19, 2008 at 1:08 pm
OMG Poop Chute you made my day with that comment LOL
carwin vs Brock
Rich vs machida
Tiago silva vs Wandy
Dana vs vince mcmahon
Kurt angle Vs Matt Huges!
armfarmer- December 19, 2008 at 11:00 am
Case in point, Brock Lesnar is UFC HW Champ after training mma for a couple years. Why? Because he is one of the few fighters in the world that can weigh over 230lb and still show excellent agility and speed and not gas out after 5 min.
armfarmer- December 19, 2008 at 10:50 am
Fedor might give up size/strength advantage... but I think the fact that he fights at heavyweight should hurt his pfp ranking more than help it. Why? Because heavyweights in general suck ass. They are big fat and uncoordinated. I mean Tim Sylvia held the ufc hw title for a long time for christs sake. I think that's why Randy prefers to fight at heavyweight, because he knows even though they are much bigger they are mostly slow with poor coordination and poor technique.

There are only a handful of really talented heavyweights. There are tons and tons of extremely fast, agile, and technical fighters at the lower weights, even in the smaller organizations. The level of competition at lightweight and welterweight is way way higher than heavy. If guys like eddie sanchez and Justin McCully continue to get fights in the ufc, what does that say about heavyweights as a whole. Not to mention utterly one dimensional fighters like Kongo and Cro Cop having success. Watching any combination of Kongo/Cro Cop/Herring fight on the ground is a joke.

I just think if there was a way to shrink Fedor down to where he weighed 155,170, or 185lb and all else remained proportionatly the same, he would not enjoy the kind of success he has in the past. I think if they were the same size, A Silva would go to town on him.
Dana White is a HOMO- December 19, 2008 at 10:08 am
Nick Diaz vs. Tank Abbott!! I just wanna hear all of the trash talk between the two dumbest, white trash people on earth! This fight needs to take place at back of a "Gas'n Sip" parking lot! It will be sponsored by King Cobra Malt Liquer and they will run ads for this fight in the weekly auto trader!

What do you get when the hundreds of fans who show up to this even in Stockton CA??

A full set of teeth!

CP Rules!!!
Creamy CA Roll- December 19, 2008 at 8:44 am
The only fight I'd like to see would have to be Urijah Faber vs. Gina Carano. They have similar stats: Urijah is 5' 6", fights at 145 and walks around at 153. Gina is 5' 8", fights at (eh-hmm) 141, and walks around at 155. Make it happen Dana. Create an inter-gender belt at 145 lbs and make Andy Kaufman proud!
rh- December 19, 2008 at 8:05 am
For one handed typing while feeding my 4 month old son, I think I'm doing OK if the worst thing you can find about my posts is grammar.

I didn't know trolls celebrate Christmas...I guess you DO learn something new everyday.

portlandmma- December 19, 2008 at 7:54 am
tyler i'm hoping your list isn't serious those are some of the worst fights i've ever heard of. Who in the hell wants to See Antonio Silva fight Fedor? Antonio Silva got knocked out by Eric Pele for fucks sake.
Hexed- December 19, 2008 at 7:54 am
Based on the header image, I thought #1 was going to be Snoop v. Santa. At first, I thought you were being mean, but after thinking about it, I decided I'd love to see Snoop and Santa throwing hands.
portlandmma- December 19, 2008 at 7:51 am
I think BJ wins this fight. BJ back then was not the same BJ he is now and he has been asking Dana for this fight for years. A motivated Penn is scary as hell.
tyler- December 19, 2008 at 7:51 am
Fedor vs. Antonio "Junior" Silva
Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock IV
Kimbo Slice vs. Butterbean
Frank Shamrock vs. Josh Thomson
Tito Ortiz vs. Frank Shamrock II
Gina Carano vs Kim Couture
Gina Carano vs. Cyborg
Kimbo Slice vs. Justin Eilers
Phil Baroni vs. Robbie Lawler
Gina Carano vs. Her Tits
sPeLLcHeCkEr- December 19, 2008 at 7:50 am
rh Says:
Thu, 12/18/2008 - 15:33

"you're logic"

Take it easy with the "Holier-than-thou", your highness-ness... It's muthafuckin' Christmas yo!!! :D
BuckWild- December 19, 2008 at 7:49 am
oops I said would be good twice !!!! oh well .. now tell me how stupid I am...
BuckWild- December 19, 2008 at 7:42 am
GSP over BJ

I don't want to see GSP vs Silva. I don't want GSP to get hurt.

I would rather see Silva vs Wandi !

Now Henderson vs Silva II would be good at LHW would be good!

Basically Silva vs LHW champ would be the best !

Brock vs that guy the UFC just got... the 6' 6" guy.. cant remember his name..... anyway. that would be good too... I think that one could happen because Brock will probably loose to Nog then have to fight the new guys.
HB Beachbum- December 19, 2008 at 7:29 am
"every fake-tanned mook in the five burroughs will be there, covered in his finest Axe Body Spray." Love it bro!