The top 10 fights that never happened

by Tristen Critchfield | source: sherdog
 

One of the main selling points of mixed martial arts has been its ability to deliver the fights people want to see. Whether or not you agree with the methods of UFC President Dana White, it is hard to argue with his track record of delivering big-ticket bouts. Without question, 2012 has been a challenging year for the sport, with many pivotal matchups falling by the wayside due to injuries and withdrawals. The good news: many of those bouts -- i.e. Jose Aldo-Frankie Edgar, Jon Jones-Dan Henderson, Glover Teixeira-Quinton Jackson, etcetera -- still have plenty of time to materialize.

As with any sport, however, MMA still has its share of “What if?” matchups, bouts that, for some reason or another, did not happen and probably never will. What if M-1 Global and White had been able to agree to terms? What if Wanderlei Silva fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in his prime?

Here are our choices for the “Top 10 Matches That Were Never Made."
1. Randy Couture vs. Fedor Emelianenko
2. Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Rickson Gracie
3. Ken Shamrock vs. Frank Shamrock
4. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett
5. Wanderlei Silva vs. Chuck Liddell (in 2003)
6. Frank Shamrock vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
7. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar
8. Anderson Silva vs. Matt Hughes
9. Tito Ortiz vs. Dana White
10. Randy Couture vs. Wanderlei Silva

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Salokcin69 site profile image  

10/26/12 12:39 PM by Salokcin69

I don't know.....

Bobby Lupo site profile image  

10/26/12 11:25 AM by Bobby Lupo

Would have been painfully one sided for Randy

Bobby Lupo site profile image  

10/26/12 10:01 AM by Bobby Lupo

Randleman-Tito Saku-Frank ShamBaroni-Davis

alkysmurf site profile image  

10/26/12 9:03 AM by alkysmurf

I can't believe nobody is talking about Tito vs Dana!

rebel927 site profile image  

10/26/12 8:49 AM by rebel927

Ruas vs. Fry

Tilla site profile image  

10/25/12 7:37 PM by Tilla

I always wanted to see Sergei vs Fedor as well.Sergei was really lean back then, had possibly the best Boxing in MMA alongside Arlovski and posed a major threat to Fedor.

Tilla site profile image  

10/25/12 7:35 PM by Tilla

Vitor/Frank Shamrock? That would have been EPIC!Randleman/Vitor would of been awesome as well.Fedor/Shogun would of been too violent if that fight would have been made.

Scott Rotem site profile image  

10/25/12 6:29 PM by Scott Rotem

Bas was supposed to fight Couture when he first came to the UFC wasn't he? Right around the time of the first UFC Brazil.

WrestlingSucks site profile image  

10/25/12 5:07 PM by WrestlingSucks

tito vs big nog was talked about endlessly as was fedor vs couture, hughes vs sakuraba was the fight i wanted

Deepy site profile image  

10/25/12 5:04 PM by Deepy

Ditto on Rickson vs Sak. The most talked about "what if" fight in the history of MMA. Too bad we never got to see it. Nowadays Anderson vs Bones really needs to happen. I will be so pissed if we don't get. Total waste of an iconic fight if Dana can't get them to sign.