#8. Conor McGregor vs. Anthony Pettis
Finally, a fight that at least some of you die-hard MMA enthusiasts, which I am as well, for the record, can accept as “legitimate.”
While I’m not yet completely sold on “The Notorious” McGregor as a championship-level fighter, the guy can promote like nobodies business. He’s without a doubt one of the biggest stars in the company, and when you consider the lack of depth in the UFC in terms of legitimate “superstar talent,” Conor McGregor is someone the sport badly needs right now.
On the other hand, you’ve got “Showtime” Pettis. He’s a good looking kid, an amazing athlete and is the owner of arguably the single most jaw-dropping highlight reel kick in the history of the sport.
But guess what? He isn’t a draw just yet.
He hasn’t proven himself to be a guy that can sell pay-per-views on his own. He has yet to prove himself to be a fighter that can draw television ratings on his own.
If you put Pettis with someone who is, say, oh, I don’t know, Conor-freaking-McGregor, all of a sudden you’ve got a chance to make Pettis a star that can sell on his own.
Everyone loved Chuck Liddell. Most hated Tito Ortiz. But until Liddell beat Ortiz, and well, to be fair, was part of season one of The Ultimate Fighter, Liddell wasn’t someone who was selling pay-per-views or drawing incredible television ratings on his own.
Sometimes it’s all about who your dance partner is. And while I personally cannot wait to see Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez in a few weeks, those two aren’t going to be breaking any attendance or pay-per-view records.
I’m more excited for Pettis-Melendez than Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler, which is the actual main event of UFC 181, but until Pettis finds a true rival or is matched up against someone that will force people to stop and stare, he’s going to be just another extremely gifted, incredibly talented fighter that needs a second title fight on his card to make his shows worth purchasing — outside of the die-hard audience that’s throwing down $55 either way.
We’ll go ahead and cut the list off right here, but fear not, as we will pick back up on Tuesday, with numbers seven, six and five. Then, at the end of the week, we will unveil what we at MMANews.com consider to be the top four “super fights” that can be made in the sport of MMA.
UPDATE: Part two of our look at the “Top Ten MMA ‘Super Fights’ That Can Be Made Today” is now available. You can read that by CLICKING HERE.
In the meantime, you can check out some of these other recent MMANews.com links …
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With the big UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2 and Pettis vs. Melendez PPV coming up soon, make sure to check out MMANews.com leading up to the 12/6 event date.