ROUNDTABLE: What dream fights (that can actually happen) are left in MMA?

MMATorch Staff

Cris Cyborg at UFC 215 (Photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today Sports)

FRANK HYDEN, MMATorch Contributor

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson feels like a dream fight. Or perhaps more accurately, a nightmare because it’s a fight I’ve gotten my hopes up for three times before only to have them dashed. That’s a fight that could actually happen, and I hope it does before either guy retires.

To be serious, though, I don’t think there’s any real dream fights. Conor McGregor vs. either Nurmagomedov or Ferguson would be big, but neither qualifies as a dream fight. If order for a fight to be considered a dream fight to me, it has to involve longtime champions who have beaten everyone that’s been thrown at them. Maybe they’re in separate division or separate organizations, but they have to be on a long winning streak. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson vs. UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw would be an exciting fight, and one I would love to see, but it’s not a dream fight. It wasn’t that long ago that Dillashaw lost to Dominick Cruz. We’re getting UFC light heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier vs. UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic. The only other possible dream fight would be UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway vs. Conor McGregor. That could actually happen, but it probably won’t.


The dream fights that would personally love to see are Stipe Miocic versus Daniel Cormier, Demetrious Johnson versus TJ Dillashaw and Rose Namajunas versus Cris Cyborg. I suppose there’s a trend to my picks being that these are all fighters crossing weight classes, however I’ve always been fascinated with fighters at their peak matching up against each other. I think all these fighters qualify as being at their peak, considering they all happen to the titleholders at their weight class. There are no mismatches here either and no easy picks. Cormier vs. Miocic is cheating a bit because it’s a done deal for UFC 226. What’s left for Demetrious Johnson after cleaning out his division, but to move up and see how he does against Dillashaw? Namajunas versus Cyborg would be sitting at the edge of your couch kind of fun. The last two fights could easily happen and I believe should.

SEAN COVINGTON, MMATorch Contributor

Not many, Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg can still happen, it would probably mean Ronda isn’t doing so well at pro wrestling and it wouldn’t happen for at least 2-3 years at the absolute earliest (unless Cyborg goes to WWE by next year). I think Ronda and Cyborg is a fight you can do at any point though, you can bring them out of retirement and it would still draw well.

Anderson Silva can be dusted off for a big fight with someone, however, no one wants that.

AARON CRIDER, MMATorch Contributor

Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier is something I consider a dream fight, and that is already going to happen on July 7. Michael Bisping is still on the prowl for a blockbuster retirement fight. The idea of him fighting Luke Rockhold in a trilogy match is exciting, although Rockhold isn’t the same as he used to be. If that fight weren’t to happen I would like to see him fight Rashad Evans because “Suga” is always entertaining.

George St. Pierre needs to fight as well, although how long will it take for him to get healthy enough to be able to fight, no one really knows. But if he were to come back some time this year I think he’d be fun to watch smacking Yoel Romero around.

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