We’re looking at every UFC champions most lucrative fight option and if it doesn’t match up, we look at what it should be when money isn’t the driving force. We wont discuss either flyweight since the best fight for the women’s is already happening and Dana looks to be trashing the men’s.
Women’s Strawweight – Rose Namajunas
Biggest Money Fight & Most Logical- Jessica Andrade or Claudia Gadelha (if she wins at 231)
Lets be honest the Strawweights aren’t a draw at this point, but would make for an exciting ESPN fight night or co-main with another title. The division could be boosted with Rose beating one of these women. Both lost to Joanna, so for Rose to establish herself she needs to beat the best the division has. Rose has beat Joanna twice but other than that the highest rank shes beat is #6. Jessica gets the bump her because she beat Claudia recently, but it would be hard to argue that either would come in as that much of an underdog.
Women’s Bantamweight – Amanda Nunes
Biggest Money Fight & Most Logical- Cyborg
The best fight for this division is already scheduled, Nunes and Cyborg are the best of the best. I honestly don’t see Nunes standing a chance, so this looks to crown Cyborg as the most dominate women of all time.
Men’s Bantamweight – TJ Dillashaw
Biggest Money Fight & Most Logical- Dominick Cruz
This may be the easiest one, Dillashaw hasn’t avenged his lose to Cruz yet. If Cruz can win his return to the octagon, you have to make this fight. Cruz will go down as one of the best to ever do it and he owns a title win over TJ. If both fighters win their next fights, what other fight is there to make?
Featherweight- Max Holloway
Biggest Money Fight- Conor McGregor
If you want the most money, you fight Conor, the former champion at this division. This is a no brainier, but also seems like Conor doesn’t want to move down again in weight, so its not logical.
Most Logical- Brian Ortega
Another fight that is already booked, this is a collision course, Ortega is a fresh contender that the UFC needs. We can’t keep feeding veterans like Aldo and Edgar. If Max can stay healthy this could become a big rivalry.
Lightweight- Khabib Nurmagomedov
Biggest Money- Conor McGregor
Duh, a rematch would set the world on fire, we don’t need to go through all the reasons why. Everyone knows what happened that night. This may be the biggest fight the UFC could ever make, other than maybe the trilogy with Conor and Diaz. It seems they want Conor to go out and get a win, because at this point he needs it for his reputation.
Most Logical- Tony Ferguson
Tony could be the only man that can stop Khabib, and I’m very serious about that. He can knock you out and submit you. Tony is dangerous and has legit beef that he owns the Lightweight crown. At battle for the throne would draw a lot of attention.
Welterweight- Tyron Woodley
Biggest Money- Georges St-Pierre
This is the pay day Tyron has been looking for and he’s earned it. The guy catches a lot of shit, but has been a great champion. St-Pierre has drawing power and Tyron is just the foe to bring out his best.
Most Logical- Colby Covington or Kamaru Usman
Colby is a close second for biggest money and would be pure entertainment trading verbal jabs with Tyron. Would also make for a challenging fight, but if you poll real fight fans, the Usman fight looks dynamite. This won’t sell well on PPV as a main event, because Usmans name isn’t that big yet, but damn would it be a whirl wind. Plus Usman and Covington have beef so a future fight between them is also big. For now let Woodley have Colby.
Middleweight – Robert Whittaker
Biggest Money- Anderson Silva
Ok, so Silva has to beat the Stylebender Israel Adesanya, but if he does that guarantees him a title shot. Silva is old school and consider top 5 best ever, so Whittaker could benefit from that spot light.
Most Logical- Israel Adesanya
Stylebender is the UFC’s most intriguing prospect and with a win over Anderson Silva, would give him the profile to propel him to a title fight. Whittaker has to get past Gastelum first, but Israel is the next best fight. I guess what I’m saying is UFC 234 sets up the next Middleweight title fight, almost like they planned it that way.
Light Heavyweight- Daniel Comier
Biggest Money- Jon Jones
This is the sports best rivalry, or at least top 2 with Conor and Diaz. If Jones wins again then it would signal DC retiring, hell if DC wins then he would probably retire. I personally hope they don’t fight again, but this is the easiest to sell.
Most Logical- Strip DC (Jones vs Gustafsson)
This fight is also already happening, because it should. Jones and Dc is a better rivalry, but Jones Gus is a better fight. These guys put on a marvel last time they fought and it can be easily said it was Jones toughest fight. Some people even argue that Gus won, so this next go round is huge.
Biggest Money- Brock Lesnar
Easy pick. Who is the only person to out sell Conor Mcgregor? Its Brock. The guy may have a checkered past with steroids, but this fight for Dc is a dream. He could easily retire afterwards and live happily. This has highest selling UFC written all over it.
Most Logical- Stipe Miocic
Give the guy what he deserves, for fuck sake, this pisses me off. Stipe defended his title more than any heavyweight ever. The guy deserves a rematch more than anyone in UFC history, but the possibility of Brock Lesnar is blocking that path. I feel for Stipe and i wouldn’t take another fight unless its for the title. Cain Velasquez is another choice for DC but he needs a warm up fight before that happens.