5 UFC Rematches We'd Love to See

Kristian IbarraFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2014

5 UFC Rematches We'd Love to See

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    Sequels have their place in Hollywood—they have their place in MMA, too.

    Because for every Batman Begins that we may get, there's a The Dark Knight out there waiting to be filmed. Because it's possible to build just as good of a Godfather movie without Marlon Brando. Because watching Arnold Schwarzenegger play a robot sent from the future to save the human race was just as exciting. 

    Because for as exciting as it was to watch two fighters use fists, elbows, feet and knees to paint each other black, blue and red all over, it's even more exciting to watch them do it a second—or thirdtime.

    Scroll on to see what fights made the cut on the list of rematches we'd love to see.

Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva

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    Original Outcome: Draw

    Most of us scoffed when this fight was scheduled for a five-round main event at UFC Fight Night 33—there was no way these heavy-handed behemoths were going to make it past the third.

    We were wrong. Really, really wrong.

    They stepped into the Octagon and seemed to forget something: They're heavyweights, and heavyweights are supposed to gas out quickly. It was a back-and-forth battle for the ages that was unfortunately marred after Silva tested positive for elevated testosterone levels.

    Maybe a TRT-less Silva stops the rematch from being as good as the first. There's only one way to find out. 

Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez

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    Original Outcome: Melendez defeats Sanchez via unanimous decision

    This was probably one of the most conflicting matchups of 2013—for as much as we salivated at the idea of watching Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez square off inside of the Octagon, there was no denying that fighting Sanchez made little-to-no sense for El Nino. 

    The original conflict makes it that much harder to add this fight to the list, because Melendez is in the midst of preparing for a title fight with Anthony Pettis and Sanchez is struggling to keep his name in the win column.

    There's almost no sensible way of seeing these two fighters square off inside the cage again. But after they spent three rounds convincing fans that they were witnessing the greatest contest in the history of MMA, most of us are sitting here wanting more. 

Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

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    Original Outcome: St-Pierre defeats Hendricks via split decision

    Johny Hendricks stepped into the cage at UFC 167 and gave Georges St-Pierre the toughest test of his mixed martial arts career. After it was all said and done, spectators were split: There was no clear winner.

    As history would have it, St-Pierre walked out of the Octagon and away from the sport with his title at hand. With St-Pierre now as much of a plausible opponent as Chuck Liddell, Hendricks was left without a champion to challenge. 

    It would be five months before Hendricks would challenge for and capture the welterweight title—he finally had the belt he felt he'd already earned. 

    Hendricks was the champion and St-Pierre was enjoying his early retirement. Sounds great, right?

    Wrong.

    There's another chapter that needs to be written in this story.

Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson

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    Original Outcome: Jones defeats Gustafsson via unanimous decision

    If not for an unfortunate tweak to Alexander Gustafsson's knee, this fight would have been left out of this list.

    Alas, life's full of tweaked knees and so here we stand, merely wishing we were eight weeks away from witnessing the sequel to the greatest light heavyweight title bout in UFC history.  

    Jon Jones was once seen as the invincible champion. His height and his reach created to great an obstacle for any of his previous opponents to overcome as they sought to capture UFC gold. He was the best. He was unchallenged.

    Welcome in Gustafsson who managed to take Jones to a land the champion had never seen before. While Jones' unblemished professional record remained as so (go away, Matt Hamill), Gustafsson proved that he belonged—already so much more than anybody else at 205 can say.

Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva

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    Original Outcome(s): Weidman defeats Silva via TKO

    Ok, so technically this wouldn't be the sequel, because we already saw how the sequel played out.

    And while Silva wants nothing to do with Weidman and Weidman feels he's all but closed the book on Silva, some fans still feel they deserve to see these two men step inside the cage together one last time.

    They want to see what would happen if Silva didn't spend the first round and a half welcoming his challenger to touch his chin. 

    They want to see what would happen if Silva didn't break his leg on Weidman's knee in the second round of the highly anticipated rematch. 

    The greatest fighter of all time was not only defeated, but finished, twice by a worthy opponent. But, as the greatest fighter of all time, he's earned the opportunity to step inside the Octagon with his greatest adversary for a third time to prove what he's capable of accomplishing when his hands are up and his shin in one piece. 

     

    Cue the arguments. 

     

    Kristian Ibarra is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. He also serves as the sports editor at San Diego State University's student-run newspaper, The Daily Aztec. Follow him on Twitter at @Kristian_Ibarra for all things MMA.

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