With UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz sidelined due to a torn ACL, a superfight between interim champ Renan Barao and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson may be the cure to the 135-pound division’s lack of action. Johnson, the first and only UFC flyweight champion, without a doubt is the quickest fighter on the UFC roster. Mighty Mouse brings an unique mix of speed, technique and athleticism that has crushed dangerous competition like John Dodson and John Moraga, while Barao boasts devastating kickboxing and high-level jiu-jitsu skills. Expect a fast paced and explosive fight, as a confrontation between two of the UFC’s elite could very well be in the mix for 2014. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE A superfight between UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and light-heavyweight champ Jon “Bones” Jones could mark a defining point in UFC history. Velasquez, the former ASU wrestler and NJCAA national champion, utilizes what may be the best ground game in the heavyweight division. Combining that with knockout power, Velasquez owns notable victories over Junior “Cigano” dos Santos, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Brock Lesnar. Jones holds a 18-1 record with nine wins via knockout. Enjoying the longest reach in UFC history at 84inches, Bones’ ability to pick apart opponents on the feet then dominate on the ground has become the stuff of nightmares for the light-heavyweight division. If Jones goes through with plans to move up in weight, a fight with Velasquez seems inevitable for 2014. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE After a victorious outing against “The Korean Zombie” at UFC 163, maybe it’s time for Jose Aldo to set sites on a superfight with UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson. With striking skills on par with Anderson Silva, a strong ground game, and a record of 23-1 – all at the age of 26, the featherweight champion looks primed to fight. On the other side of the cage, former college wrestling stud Henderson has one of the most well-rounded skill sets in the UFC. Henderson’s ability to transition from his feet to the mat and control his opponent like a ragdoll has earned him three title defenses, and the nickname “Smooth.” If Henderson can get past Antony “Showtime” Pettis at UFC 164, this fight might just become a reality. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports A superfight between light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former middleweight champ Anderson “The Spider” Silva is one of the most talked about fights in MMA today. Jones possesses diverse yet powerful striking and college-level wrestling abilities. After dominant wins over the likes of Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, “Rampage” Jackson, and Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, the UFC has crowned Jones the pound-for-pound king. However, Silva has no plans of adding his name to Bones’ impressive hit list. Silva has some of the most elusive footwork in the UFC, and one of the most dangerous standup games ever seen. Before losing the belt to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, the Spider was, and still is, widely considered the greatest of all time. A fight with Jones may ultimately define his fighting career. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE For UFC fans across the world, Anderson Silva vs. George “Rush” St. Pierre has been a dream match-up. Silva utilizes the most diverse and technical striking in MMA history, and along with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the Spider boasts a 16-fight win streak inside the UFC with 11 wins coming via knockout. Silva’s martial arts mastery is beyond anything the world has ever seen. Current UFC welterweight champ St. Pierre possesses what could be the best wrestling in all of MMA, and his crisp boxing skills lead to inevitable takedowns. If Silva gets the better of Chris Weidman at UFC 168, this classic striker vs. grappler superfight could be one for the record books. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Ever since Rorion Gracie forged the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993, champions have risen to greatness and fallen just as fast. Lasting dominance in a sport as unpredictable as mixed martial arts is a rare sight to see. However, a small and elite class of fighter has proven capable of defying the norm – just look at the likes of Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre. Today, UFC president Dana White aims to please fans by pitting champion vs. champion into what he calls “superfights.” Here are the top five best of the bunch.