History would be made. What fan would not love to see the best of the best collide in one epic event that would showcase talent from every nook and cranny around the globe?
There are endless exciting bouts that could be made, but some stand out above the rest.
These are three dream matchups we would love to see on a blockbuster event between the two companies.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Stamp Fairtex
Former UFC Strawweight World Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is known for her pinpoint striking, but what would that look like against former ONE Atomweight Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex?
Jedrzejczyk had a lot of success in Muay Thai and would enjoy a reach advantage, but she was not peerless. In 2011, she lost to Ekaterina Vandaryeva, a current ONE Super Series competitor, by decision.
Stamp is one of the best pure strikers on the planet and could be the best in mixed martial arts.
As the Polish phenom loves a pure striking battle, it would be likely that a matchup against Stamp would put both world-class strikers in an engaging Muay Thai war with four-ounce gloves. A style that the Thai superstar is used to under the ONE ruleset. And should the action hit the ground, Stamp has shown more aggressiveness in improving her submission game, which helped her to win the 2021 ONE Atomweight World Grand Prix.
There may not be a more interesting crossover contest for the women than this battle.
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Urijah Faber
While some may focus solely on Champion vs. Champion matchups and the like, others may look for storylines. And that’s what Bibiano Fernandes vs. Urijah Faber would be about.
The two originally met in 2006, a meeting that Faber won by first-round TKO. At the time, Faber was an established mixed martial artist with a 15-1 record. For Bibiano, it was his second professional bout.
All these years later, they are still competing at the top of their game. Fernandes is the reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion.
Neither man has competed since 2019, so they would be well-rested for the second chapter 15 years later. Faber would be able to prove he is still one of the best if he could defeat a World Champion, and Fernandes would have the chance to erase an early loss on his resume.
Glover Teixeira vs. Reinier De Ridder
But there is one Champion vs. Champion matchup that would be a must. UFC and ONE Light Heavyweight World Champions Glover Teixeira and Reinier De Ridder need to meet.
There should be a way to make this bout happen because everything about it makes sense. The old guard vs. the new era. The craft veteran vs. the undefeated phenom. It’s a story that writes itself.
Teixeira’s upset victory was a beautiful story in 2020, but De Ridder’s performances have been dominant since stepping onto the global stage. He feels as if he is the best light heavyweight in the world, and he has every reason to believe that. His case is solid. This matchup answers that question.
Pitting the 6’4” Dutchman against the Brazilian great would be an outstanding contest and bring ultimate bragging rights to the victor. This is the one, above all others, that we would love to see in 2022.
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