With Corey Anderson just lately departing the UFC in favor of becoming a member of Bellator, marketing head Scott Coker thinks Bellator’s light heavyweight division now rivals that of the sport’s most important firm.
UFC president Dana White appeared stunned when requested if he’d be keen to ebook any cross-advertising superfights with Bellator, suggesting there weren’t any athletes on his rival’s roster who would be worthy of this sort of consideration.
But what if he had been open up to the idea? MMA Junkie writers Farah Hannoun, Simon Head and John Morgan focus on prospective superfights in this edition of Triple Take.
Farah Hannoun: Kamaru Usman vs. Douglas Lima
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has looked pretty hard to conquer of late.
Bellator’s welterweight champion, Douglas Lima, could be the most effective fighter in the history of the business and he needs to verify himself as one particular of the pound-for-pound greats.
Lima has an possibility to more cement his legacy when he faces ex-UFC fighter Gegard Mousasi for Bellator’s vacant middleweight title, but a winner vs. winner matchup with Usman very likely would be the major of his profession.
Lima now has overwhelmed ex-UFC welterweights Rory MacDonald, Lorenz Larkin and Paul Daley. He’s also a verified finisher with stoppages in 26 of his 32 pro wins.
With a grappler as dominant as Usman, that could pose problems for Lima. But Lima has finished opponents both equally on the toes and on the ground, making him perilous in all places.
Lima has hated the idea that you are not the very best unless of course you compete in the UFC, which is why he’d bounce all more than the possibility to fight Usman. He nearly definitely thinks he can knock him out, and with Usman’s speed that no one particular has been in a position to retain up with, a matchup with Lima would be incredibly intriguing.
Simon Head: Jorge Masvidal vs. Paul Daley 2
A superfight does not necessarily have to have a championship belt in the blend to make it tremendous. It could just be an absolute banger of a matchup in between two fighters who always bring fireworks to the cage on battle night. So with that mentioned, I current Jorge Masvidal vs. Paul Daley 2.
Masvidal remains one of the most remarkable fighters in the UFC and would be a “super necessary” reserving on a hypothetical UFC vs. Bellator card. Confident, he lost out to Kamaru Usman on short observe for the welterweight title. But his operate of wins foremost up to that struggle – and the type in which he won them – make his fights must-see Television. He’s also a previous Bellator fighter from the promotion’s to start with time in 2009, so he absolutely has to be included in this hypothetical circumstance. But he needs a dance spouse who will convey the ideal out of him – and us out of our seats.
Move ahead, “Semtex” Daley.
The really hard-hitting Brit has built a job out of standing toe-to-toe with his opponents and unleashing hell with his fists through a 61-combat qualified occupation that has found him preserve an remarkable 79 p.c finish rate – all by knockout.
Daley may be 37, but 5 of his earlier 6 wins have arrive by knockout, and he’s nevertheless incredibly substantially a element in Bellator’s expertise-loaded welterweight division. He also holds a choice win around Masvidal from their meeting again in Shark Fights a ten years in the past. And you can wager he’d adore to topple the UFC’s “BMF” and send out a minimal concept to Dana White, who threw him out of the UFC for punching Josh Koscheck right after the remaining buzzer again at UFC 113.
Exceptionally, throughout 110 blended career fights, Daley and Masvidal have only been stopped by strikes once just about every. The moment! Given their respective fighting variations, that is insane.
So, let us toss “Gamebred” and “Semtex” again in the cage for a rematch, just for the hell of it. We really don’t want belts for this a person. Just crack open up a chilly one, sit back and love.
John Morgan: Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg 2
Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg
Initially and foremost, let’s make absolutely sure we’re all totally mindful that the strategy of a cross-advertising superfight absolutely will not come about on Dana White’s look at. Most likely someplace down the line, as soon as he’s finally resolved to phone it a occupation, his successor will have a diverse thought about how to do business. But as very long as we’re chatting about a hypothetical alternate world exactly where this principle is a truth, then get me the rematch among UFC two-division champ Amanda Nunes and latest Bellator women’s featherweight champ Cris Cyborg.
Just pondering about their first combat gives me chills. It was a time when we nonetheless had crowds in the developing, and anyone who was existing at The Forum in California at UFC 232 will notify you the ambiance was certainly electric from get started to finish for this 51 seconds of pure chaos. Toe-to-toe swinging from two of the fiercest women of all ages on the world, and Nunes was ready to land flush, halting an outstanding 13-12 months unbeaten operate from Cyborg.
The battle was as interesting as you could check with for, and with the way these two ladies combat, I do not see how a rematch would are unsuccessful to entertain. Could Cyborg make changes the next time about, most likely not be as wild in her attack and search to command issues a small improved? Perhaps. Or would Nunes, who claimed women’s “greatest of all time” position with the outcome, merely steamroll her as soon as again? It could undoubtedly take place.
But beside the stylistic entertaining the rematch would current, it just actually appears to be the most intriguing fight for either woman right now. No offense to Megan Anderson in her approaching fight with Nunes at UFC 256 in December, but I just do not really like anyone’s possibilities with “The Lioness” at 145 lbs outdoors of an similarly athletic, equally effective Cyborg.
The identical goes for Cyborg, who has a listing of prospective contenders in Bellator’s women’s featherweight division, which is admittedly far more crammed out than the UFC’s, but none of the names really jump off the site as a opportunity risk. Right now, the United states of america These days Sports/MMA Junkie women’s featherweight rankings have Nunes at No. 1 and Cyborg at No. 2. Anytime you can place the two most effective in the world in a weight class jointly, you have to pull the induce.