Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Top Ten MMA “Super Fights” That Can Be Made Today (Part One)

#10. Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley

Okay, stop laughing.

Seriously, stop it. I’m being serious.

Why can’t Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley be a “super fight?” Because guess what, that’s exactly what it would be — for a certain type of fan.

Like it or not, there’s a huge portion of the sports and entertainment genre’ that enjoy both professional wrestling and mixed-martial-arts. Believe it or not, the modern version of the UFC was built on the back of World Wrestling Entertainment.

Yes, The Ultimate Fighter, the “Trojan horse for MMA,” as UFC President Dana White likes to call it, was absolutely the reason MMA exploded in popularity in North America when the show premiered back in 2005. However, that “Trojan horse” tactic wouldn’t have had nearly the amount of success that it did, had it not followed WWE’s flagship program, “Monday Night RAW,” which taps into the exact demographic that the UFC was trying to attract.

Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley are arguably the two most recognizable names from the world of MMA fighting that had legitimate success in the world of professional wrestling, and more specifically, in the WWE.

For a certain segment of the MMA and professional wrestling audience, the idea of a Lesnar vs. Lashley MMA bout, a fight between two guys that have headlined WWE’s biggest annual event — WrestleMania — would be a pro wrestling fans’ dream come true.

It would be a legitimate pro wrestling main event where the action — and the outcome — would not be predetermined.

The bottom line is this — if Bellator were to sign Lesnar when his WWE contract expires in 2015, and somehow booked a Lesnar vs. Lashley match on free television via Spike TV, or even on pay-per-view, they would absolutely put themselves on the map as a very serious number two contender in the national — and international MMA landscape.

Thus, Lesnar vs. Lashley is a “super fight.”

#9. Ronda Rousey vs. Gina Carano

Much like the aforementioned Lesnar vs. Lashley bout, it’s the fights that draw outside of the “general die-hard MMA fan base,” or for that matter, the “general sports fan base,” that expand the popularity of MMA in general.

When the rumors that Gina Carano, the original “face of Women’s MMA” surfaced earlier this year, many of MMA’s most “die-hard” enthusiasts couldn’t stomach the idea of Carano receiving an “undeserved” title shot.

Listen, of course a fighter who hasn’t competed in over five years doesn’t “deserve” to walk right into a title shot. From a legitimate sports perspective, it’s absurd to even think that Carano earned such an opportunity.

But here’s the problem — sometimes the “die-hard” MMA fans need to “look the other way” every once in a while and realize that certain moves are made to better the sport.

On the short-term, it’s completely unfair for a hard-working, top-ranked contender, whomever that may be at the time, to be overlooked just so a chick with a pretty face and a considerable level of mainstream success can walk right into an immediate title shot.

But guess what?

A guy named Chuck Liddell did exactly that, and how did that work out? The sport survived what was at the time a near-death experience, became an international phenomenon and in the end, Liddell received his title shot and won the belt.

All is well that ends well, right?

Of course.

The amount of mainstream attention a Ronda Rousey vs. Gina Carano fight would garner would boggle many people’s minds. I’m quite certain a large portion of the so-called “die-hard” MMA fan base’s heads would spin if they saw how much publicity that fight would generate and ultimately, how much good it would do for the sport as a whole.

Ladies and gentlemen, Rousey vs. Carano is absolutely a “super fight.”

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