This trade for DJ and Asken has shook the MMA world, but will it become common place? Demetrious is the most decorated champion in UFC history, but was never a big ppv draw, Asken has been widely known as the best fighter (not named Fedor) to never fight in UFC. Asken being added to the welterweight division opens a flood gate of new matchups, DJ getting a new start as well, after just losing his title. But lets look at other possible trades that could shake the world.
Jose Aldo for Ryan Bader
Bader has had a career resurgence since going to Bellator, so throw him back in there to a top heavy Light Heavyweight division and you got something. The division is in need of new contenders and Bader would likely get a title shot right away or a fight with someone like Jimi Manuwa. Aldo has been lost in the shuffle at featherweight and is one of the greatest of all time. Aldo vs Patricio Pitbull would be one of Bellator’s biggest fights ever.
Rampage Jackson and King Mo for Stipe Miocic
Rampage wants to come back to the UFC and Stipe isn’t happy about his title rematch situation. Mo on the other hand is kind of a throw in, because it’s not a fair trade other wise. Rampage isn’t the same fighter but he brings a lot of new fights for up and coming guys. Stipe vs Fedor is the end game fight if he goes to Bellator, that would do some PPV numbers for sure. This trade is simply to give 2 unhappy fighters some new opportunities and gives the UFC a chance to see if they can market an exciting veteran fighter in Mo. Mo vs anyone in the top 20 of the Light Heavyweight division would make a great ESPN fight night.
Holly Holm for Dillon Danis
Come one, you dont want to see Khabib vs Danis? You’re lying to yourself . Holm is lost in the shuffle in the UFC and they really don’t need her. Bellator could really use a female fighter to market around, Holm would be perfect. Danis wouldn’t get Khabib right away, but just the fact that they are in the same company is intriguing. Even having them fight on the same card is a must watch.