In honor of Conor McGregor’s superfight with Eddie Alvarez, here are five other cross-divisional, legend vs. legend matchups we would love to see in the Octagon.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Dominick Cruz 2
When Demetrious Johnson and Dominick Cruz first fought, DJ was an undersized bantamweight who had yet to tap into his full potential. Well, things have changed. Since that fight in 2011, DJ has reeled off 10 straight wins, eight of which have been title defenses. Cruz dealt with plenty of injuries during that time period, but now that he’s officially back and reclaimed his bantamweight belt, now is the time to run that fight back.
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Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg
The UFC should try their hardest to make this fight before either of these women’s MMA pioneers leaves the sport. Rousey has been one of the UFC’s most dominant champions while Cyborg has been one of the world’s most dominant fighters over the last decade. If they don’t step into the Octagon together, fans will forever debate which fighter was better. Luckily, both Rousey and Cyborg actually want to fight each other, and this fight could come to fruition within the next year if “Rowdy” can mount a successful career comeback.
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Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre
This is a matchup that fans have been wanting for a long time. Silva and St-Pierre are two of the greatest mixed martial artists ever and while they are both past their prime -- Silva more than GSP -- it would still be a treat to see them go toe-to-toe in the ultimate striker vs. grappler matchup.
Jon Jones vs. Cain Velasquez
During his time as champion, Jones often teased wanting to go up and challenge Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title. That was years ago, and as of today, neither Jones nor Velasquez hold a UFC belt. But given the pedigree of both guys, they really don’t need UFC gold to make this a superfight worth watching.
Dominick Cruz vs. Conor McGregor
Dominick Cruz planted the seed of this fight a few months back when saying he would love to fight McGregor at 145 pounds. Cruz has fought at featherweight before, so there’s no doubt he would be comfortable there, and he a ridiculously underrated trash talker. The build up to a Cruz-McGregor fight would be epic, and the fight between two of the UFC’s most talented fighter would be even better.