3 dream ONE Championship games against UFC we must see
Have you ever fantasized about the dream ONE Championship games against UFC?
An intriguing aspect of combat sports is that when questions get answered, they lead to even more questions. This appears to be the case for ONE Championship as they continue to experience huge success while expanding the promotion. Their success has led to growing debates over whether a potential ONE Championship vs. UFC should be assembled.
Over the past year, ONE Championship has made it known that it believes some of its fighters can beat the best in the UFC. Although their calls have been primarily for marketing purposes, they have a strong case for several showdowns. While the UFC probably never made the event possible, we can always let our imaginations run wild.
The reality is that most UFC champions would destroy ONE Championships fighters. Not just because of talent, but the weight advantage UFC fighters have without hydration testing. That being said, ONE has several fighters that are a perfect match for UFC fighters.
One thing to consider is that ONE Championship has different weight classes that make it easy to beat their walking weight. If this event were to happen, these fighters would most likely have to cut back to compete. Let your imagination run wild while considering these dream ONE Championship vs UFC games that we must see.
Christian Lee vs. Justin Gaethje: ONE Championship vs. UFC – Lightweight
Christian Lee has by far the most potential on the ONE Champions list. At 23, Lee won the lightweight championship (170) after winning the Grand Prix tournament. He continues to improve against the best fighters in ONE Championship. Assuming Lee is reduced to 155 for UFC competition, he deserves a real test before fighting Charles Oliveira.
Justin Gaethje would be the best match to represent the UFC. Lee has yet to face someone as dangerous as Gaethje, and that would be a great way to compare the two promotions. Gaethje is a pressure fighter who is dangerous wherever the fight takes place. On the other hand, Lee is a tactical counterattacker with finishing power. Both fighters have solid ground play which could lead to this fight getting stuck on its feet. The idea of these two exchange combos makes this fight a must.
Garry Tonon vs. Bryce Mitchell: ONE Championship vs. UFC – Featherweight
Garry Tonon had a smooth transition from jiu-jitsu to MMA. After establishing himself as a renowned BJJ world champion, Tonon sought a new challenge in combat sports. Since joining ONE Championship in 2018, Tonin has racked up a 6-0 record, with four submissions and one KO / TKO. Tonon has continued to torment his opponents on the pitch and deserves a real chance to show off his skills.
Bryce Mitchell as Tonon’s opponent would be any wrestling fan’s dream come true. Tonon against Ryan Hall was also intriguing, but the cup’s weight advantage is concerning. At 145 pounds, Tonon vs. Mitchell is the fight. One problem would be Mitchell’s advantage over the feet; his experience would be a problem for Tonon. That being said, Tonon’s hitting got better with every fight, and his wrestling game is no joke. If this fight were to end on the pitch, we could be treated with a bid chess match.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Deiveson Figueiredo: ONE Championship vs. UFC – Flyweight
You can’t have the ONE Championship vs UFC event without Demetrious Johnson. At 34, Johnson still has the same speed and explosiveness as he did during the UFC days. Although he lost his last fight to Adriano Moraes, Mighty Mouse has enough in the tank for a few more fights. Not only does Johnson have a stylistically good opponent, his background in the UFC makes this fight a must-see.
Deiveson Figueiredo, like Johnson, has just suffered a heavy loss in a championship fight. Prior to losing to Brandon Moreno at UFC 263, Figueiredo was arguably considered the best flyweight in UFC history. One fighter he could never get past was the goat itself, Demetrious Johnson. With Figueiredo struggling to gain 125 pounds, that fight could be at flyweight or bantamweight. Either way, the skill level between these two fighters would be a necessity for MMA history.