Every person who has ever witnessed a fight in person or seen it as a pay per view program on television can attest to the desire to see one fighter or another mix it up with another favorite. Such dream matches are those that never occur due to time and opportunity or because of simple miscues that resulted in both fighters being kept away from one another for various reasons. Many fans would have loved to see something as enticing as Ken Shamrock vs.
Rampage Jackson, or perhaps even a match such as Royce Gracie vs. Randy Couture, but of course the timelines for such matches has made something this exciting an impossibility that fans will never see. But there are always the “what-ifs” and beliefs that such matches could have been epic enough to shake the very arena they are staged in. So with that in mind, here are the top ten most wanted dream fights that will never happen.
List of Top 10 Most Wanted Dream Fights That Will Never Happen
10. Chuck Liddell vs. Frank Shamrock
The lights have gone down on this match long ago since Frank Shamrock was quick to exit the UFC after his defeat of Tito Ortiz during UFC 22. His decision to leave was due to a lack of confidence in the company and the direction it was taking. Unfortunately in his haste to leave Shamrock never had the chance to face the up and comer Liddell, who would go back and forth with Ortiz several times and defend his light heavyweight title four times as well.
Winner? Considering the vast difference in their attitudes towards the fight, it is fair to say that Shamrock, who was a much more serious fighter at the time, would have won against Liddell, who was still a young man and much less mature than he eventually became.
9. Josh Barnett vs. Fedor Emelianenko
Unlike several of the fights on this list, this one had a chance to happen at least twice in the history of the UFC. If not for Barnett testing positive for substances that were banned from the UFC they might have met in their scheduled clash. Unfortunately the match was cancelled and another promotion was pushed forward. The next time they were destined to meet never happened as they were in the middle of a tournament, and Fedor lost in the first round to Bigfoot Silva.
Winner? Despite his self promotion as being a catch-as-catch-can fighter, Barnett still showed a serious weakness to fighters featuring a heavy amount of knockout power and to above average submission techniques. Unfortunately for Barnett Fedor had these qualities in abundance, and would likely have shut Barnett down quickly.
8. Michael Bisping vs. Anderson Silva or Chris Weidman (Middleweight title)
Criticized as a brash loudmouth and over the top jerk-type of personality, Bisping is also well known for coming close to earning a title shot but always falling short at the finish. After being knocked out by Dan Henderson, then defeated by decision by Chael Sonnen, he was then knocked out by Vitor Belfort. In truth he should have won a title shot by now and perhaps even become a champion, but at the wrong moment Bisping always seems to let down his guard just a little too long, as his opponents have shown.
Winner? Despite his skill and experience, Bisping would fall to Silva because of Silva’s sheer speed and agility. Against Weidman the match would likely come to a final decision or a TKO in the later rounds.
7. Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva
This is one of the more recent fights on this list that was supposed to happen but didn’t. Sonnen and Silva were bitter rivals leading up to this fight, but eventually both men would be banned from MMA as both men tested positive for banned substances. Eventually they would both retire from the world of MMA, but where Sonnen was given a two-year suspension, Silva was banned for life by the NSAC.
Winner? Silva would be the favorite if the fight never went to the ground, but it would ultimately be Sonnen who would impose his will by dint of his wrestling expertise. This would likely be a decision win in Sonnen’s favor unless Silva decided to go for an unexpected submission.
6. Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz (Part III)
This rivalry erupted onto the mat in such a fashion that it was no wonder why these two met head to head twice with such epic battles. They were well known to exchange words as well as blows, and after the Ultimate Fighter the two coaches were set to meet again, but an unforeseen problem occurred. Tito’s neck issues kept him from the fight and Liddell would go on to lose to Rich Franklin, and would eventually retire.
Winner? Despite his effective ground and pound technique, Tito would eventually fall to the superior striking skills of Liddell. With each match the two fighters have usually stayed on their feet, which is Liddell’s field of expertise. This is one amongst the Top 10 Most Wanted Dream Fights That Will Never Happen.
5. Frank Shamrock vs. Ken Shamrock
No one is bound to fight harder than siblings, even adopted ones like Frank and Ken Shamrock. Despite any talks of both men wanting to fight each other in either the IFL or Strikeforce, nothing ever happened. The brothers it would seem have manage to settle and long-standing disagreements they might have had and thus the match that could have pulled at least a moderate-sized crowd never came to be.
Winner? Despite Ken eventually being labeled as “the most dangerous man in the world” Frank was undoubtedly the more well-rounded fighter, and would have taken the victory either by submission or decision.
4. Randy Couture vs. Mirko Cro Cop
This is another fight that was very close to being realized, but it was halted when Mirko was leveled by a vicious head kick from Gabriel Gonzaga in a title elimination match. Mirko was thought to be the next big thing after transitioning from Pride. After defeating Eddie Sanchez in his debut match it was all but certain that he would become a contender and he was even expected to tear his way through the UFC, but after his loss to Gonzaga he was mildly successful and would eventually leave the ring after losing to Brendan Schaub.
Winner? Despite the closeness of this fight the experience and dirty boxing techniques of Couture would have likely negated a lot of Mirko’s advantage. This would have no doubt led to a TKO victory at some point in the match.
3. Ronda Rousey vs. Cyborg Justino
It’s a contest that’s been talked about and argued over for some time now. The potential bout between Rousey and Justino is highly anticipated by fans but seems miles away from a potential reality. Both fighters want to fight at their ideal weight, but considering the difficulties and the lack of any compromise it’s likely that this fight will continue to be stymied time and again until either side decides to budge. Frustratingly enough there is not enough speculation on either fighter to really decide whether this match is even worth the effort any longer.
Winner? This is a tough one to call as it could go either way. If Justino was allowed to remain upright she would have the edge, but if the fight went to mat then Rousey would be in her element and no doubt force the submission.
2. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Alistair Overeem
The popular talks of Brock Lesnar taking on Emelianenko kind of overshadow the talks of Overeem and Emilianenko. While both fighters were in Strikeforce it seemed at times that there were just too many issues to overcome to make such a fight possible. Eventually people got tired of speculating and hearing anything about the match as little if anything ever happened to make it worth mentioning. Maybe if Lesnar could drag himself away from the staged wrestling long enough the match between him and Emelianenko could erase the memory of this match that never happened.
Winner? Fedor would attempt to take advantage of Overeem’s notoriously weak chin and would no doubt finish him off early unless Overeem could keep Fedor at a distance.
1. Randy Couture vs. Fedor Emelianenko
This match was years in the making when it came to the opinion of the fans. Both men were highly decorated champions and were spectacular in the ring. Unfortunately the issue came down to the issue of bringing Fedor over to the UFC, a problem that Dana White and Fedor’s managers could not seem to move past. Even with Couture pushing for Fedor to make the jump the only fight these two ever engaged in was a match during which they were pitted against each other to promote the new EA Sports MMA videogame, which Fedor won with a TKO. This is an example of what happens when the money becomes the main attraction rather than the fighters.
Winner? This is perhaps the tightest fight to call as both men were quite skilled and could attack at so many different angles that they would likely negate every advantage the other had. Fedor might very well have taken the victory, but as it so rarely happens this one might have been a draw.
These above are the Top 10 Most Wanted Dream Fights That Will Never Happen. What might have happened in these dream matches is anyone’s guess, but fans find enjoyment in the “what-ifs” and “maybe’s”. The mere thought that their favorite fighter could have crushed the opposition is often enough to keep a fan interested enough to keep wondering.