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The UFC Thread 2021: Best Champion vs Champion Matchup

Every time they show some Tweet, I ask myself who is this person? And the content of the Tweets is not interesting at all.

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And just like that…there is a new baddest man on the planet.

Mother of god did Miocic screw up bad. At the beginning of the second it looked like he suddenly forgot that Nganou has nuclear weapons for fists. I hope he gets the rematch, and if he does I would still pick him to win the third. Nganou definitely keeps improving and his highlight reel undoubtedly shows he lives up to his moniker as the “Predator” (I loved how they played the iconic music from the film after he won). I still think the blueprint to beat him holds up though. I don’t care how much of a freak you are, there is a cost to carry around that much muscle mass, and it there is an unavoidable energy expenditure that comes due when grappling. I think if Miocic can wrangle a trilogy he will put on a wrestling clinic. But I think the UFC money machine is gonna push hard for Jon Jones to get in that cage with Nganou. Either way I am excited for the fight prospects.

In other news it looks like Woodley has fallen off a proverbial cliff. I can’t remember the last time I seen someone go from the belt to getting worked over in four straight fights. Maybe Johnny Hendricks? It’s almost a correction of sorts imo. I never really was interested in Woodley as champ, I think his dominance was more indicative of a shallow welterweight division than him being a world beater. I think 170 has exploded with aggressive talent, and his backfooted counterstriking style has no answers. I am really interested in seeing more of Luque.

Sean O’Malley with TWO walkoff KO’s in a single fight…sort of. Dude was clearly head and shoulders above Almeida, but I would like to see how he does against some better competition. The guy hasn’t even beaten anyone in the top 15 but they are clearly putting some marketing behind him.

Really sad that the Ortega vs. Volkov scrap got cancelled. But just means more fun later I guess.

Also really excited for April 24 for the title fight triple header in front of a full crowd.

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I think he should hang them up.

He is 38. Does he want to be like Woodley who also fought on that card. A former champ on the wrong side of thirty with 4 L’s in a row.

He has solidified his legacy.

I agree. I think Miocic screwed up majorly coming in as light as he did. If he could have taken Ngannou down with that single leg and kept him down. All those fast twitch fibres would have been fried.

Definitly Big Riggs fall from grace was way worse. He had three fight skid beat Lombard and then two fight skid. Multiple missed weigh ins. And just overall a shadow of his former self.

You think the welter weight division was shallow from 2016-2019?

I think he fought very conservatively as a champion. Boring fights. Thats how most will remember him. But I don’t think it was because of lack of talent or skill.

He reminds me a lot a significantly better more versatile Dominic Cruz. Now that could be an interesting fight to make.

Ortega is going to get mauled majorly.

Which superfight would you rather see? I’m leaving out the bantam and flyweights since the former title is pretty up in the air and the latter title doesn’t interest me much these days …

  1. Francis Ngannou v. Jon Jones
  2. Jon Jones v. Israel Adesanya
  3. Israel Adesanya v. Kamaru Usman
  4. Kamaru Usman v. Khabib Nurmagomedov
  5. Khabib Nurmagomedov v. Alexander Volkanovski

Personally, #3 is the most interesting contest, but I doubt they’d ever compete against each other.

Well, number 3,4 and 5 will never happen.

Number 2 would be most interesting, both are very technical and naturaly talented fighters.

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All of them except #1 are hypothetical. I don’t think the UFC wants Bones v. Adesanya after Adesanya’s loss at LHW to Blachowicz - but it’s interesting to think about.

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Well considering the greed for money from both Dana White and Jon Jones and they being on the opposite sides, I guess even #1 is highly hypothetical :grin:

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Hands down, without a doubt #1. I would pay top dollar to watch Ngannou send Bones to the land of wind and ghosts.

#3 I never really thought about but I think I would pick that as runner up. I say screw the title and just do it at a catchweight. None of these guys can practically hold more than one belt at a time anyway.

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