5. Josh Koscheck vs. Jon Fitch– These two friends and training partners have been avoiding one other since they joined the UFC. They have somehow managed to ascend to number one contender status without having to go through each other. I say enough already, business is business. If Koscheck somehow manages to get a win over Georges St. Pierre and get the welterweight belt, his first defense should be against his buddy Fitch. If Koscheck loses, Fitch should have to beat Koscheck in order to prove he deserves a second crack at GSP. As of now, Fitch is set to fight BJ Penn, but he should gladly give that fight up for a title shot vs. Koscheck. If Koscheck loses to GSP, Fitch should have to defeat Penn and then Koscheck before stepping in the octagon with GSP.
4. Jose Aldo vs. BJ Penn – This match-up might sound weird, as they are currently fighting two weight classes apart, but let’s look at the reality here. Jose Aldo just came to the UFC as the featherweight champ with the UFC/WEC merger. Though he is one of the best pound for pound fighters in the sport, he is unknown to many UFC fans. What better way to introduce him to the UFC by fighting a huge name like Penn? As it stands, Aldo has proven his dominance at 145 pounds by destroying every significant name in the class. A move up to lightweight and a big fight with Penn would be just the thing Aldo needs to make himself a household name. Meanwhile, Penn is in search of a big time fight since he is, as of now, out of any title hunt after losing twice to both current lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and welterweight champ GSP. Most importantly, this fight would be tremendously entertaining and split down the middle as to which fighter should be considered the favorite. In fact, I’m not sure whom I’d pick.
3. Jon Jones vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua – Enough with the coddling of Jon Jones already, he may be only 23 years old, but he has been extremely impressive in his six UFC fights, including his one and only loss to Matt Hammil, a disqualification for illegal elbows, which was probably his most dominant performance to date. He is clearly deserving and ready to take the step up in competition to fight Shogun for the belt. On Shogun’s end, he has already defeated Lyoto Machida and Quinton Rampage Jackson (though the Rampage fight was a while ago). The other top contender Rashad Evans has not looked sharp in his last few fights and people are bored with his conservative fighting style. Jones is known to take the fight right to his opponent. Shogun surely won’t step down, and we’ll have a fight for the ages on our hands. Assuming Jones defeats Ryan Bader on February 5, bring on Shogun.
2. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar – Sure, this fight has lost some luster since Fedor was upset by Fabricio Werdum and Lesnar lost his belt to Cain Velasquez, but are you telling me this still wouldn’t be a great fight? This was originally trumped up to be the heavyweight fight to end them all, and I don’t see why it still wouldn’t be a classic. Fedor is the longtime reigning king of the heavyweights, who though small for a heavyweight, has barreled through all challengers for the past six years. Brock is the goliath who swept the UFC by storm, defeating hall of famer Randy Couture and winning the belt in only his fourth MMA fight. Dana White needs to get Fedor in the UFC, even if it’s just for this one fight. Their two camps have exchanged barbs and gloated at each other’s misfortune for a while. It’s past time to settle the score once and for all.
1. Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre – Everyone has been talking about this one for years now. Quite simply, it’s time to make this happen NOW while both fighters are at the top of their game. My biggest fear is the UFC waits too long and one of these two fall from grace and is deemed past their prime (see Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva). Fans almost witnessed Silva’s aura of invincibility go out the window in his last fight with Chael Sonnen, only to pull out the win with a submission in the fifth round. We later learned Sonnen tested positive for steroids. GSP has been a dominant welterweight champion since avenging his stunning loss to Matt Serra. Both men have nothing left to prove in their divisions. Do we really need to see GSP defeat Jon Fitch for a second time or take the heads off of Jake Shields or Carlos Condit? Do we really need to see Silva avenge his disqualification loss of almost five years ago while fighting in Pride to boring Yushin Okami? The time has never been better or more imminent than right now. GSP is too strong for everyone in his division. For once in his life, he won’t have the strength advantage over the bigger Silva. Silva, however, has shown his kryptonite is a good wrestler. GSP is arguably the best wrestler in all of MMA. The match-up couldn’t be more perfect, and since Silva is way too big to drop below 185, the onus must be on GSP to jump a weight class and challenge for Silva’s belt. No catch weight! This fight needs to be five rounds and it needs to be for the title. Assuming they both win their upcoming fights, this fight needs to happen in early summer 2011.