Cross Promotion Superfights: UFC vs. Bellator

Cross Promotion Superfights: UFC vs. Bellator

This past weekend was shared between Bellator and the UFC, with cards on Saturday and Sunday. The UFC has long been the top dawg as far as organizations are concerned, but Scott Coker’s promotion will not go down without a fight. It is a fact that the UFC has a much deeper roster at all shared weight classes. To compare the two would be foolish. Something logical to compare is their strength of talent at the top of the roster. Imagine we are in the MMA world we all dream about and we are gifted with cross promotion title fights, what would we see for results? Which titleholders are truly WORLD Champions?

Light Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier (UFC) vs. Ryan Bader (Bellator)

The Light Heavyweight matchup of Champions is probably the easiest to predict an outcome. We have seen a lot of Ryan Bader in the octagon and are well aware of his best and worst performances. Ryan Bader loses to Daniel Cormier 10 out of 10 times. This one likely ends early, if Bader is lucky his takedown defense gets him through a round. Daniel Cormier via RNC Round 2

Middleweight: Michael Bisping (UFC) vs. Rafael Carvalho (Bellator)

This fight is a bit more difficult to predict. Carvalho is on an absolute tear winning 14 straight fights, capturing the title, and defending twice. The problem? We haven’t seen him against any real talent. His defenses were again Melvin Manhoef and the next best challenge he has seen was likely Joe Schilling. I need a bigger sample size of success to take Carvalho. This one goes to Michael Bisping in a highly exciting slugfest. Michael Bisping via Unanimous Decision

Welterweight: Tyron Woodley (UFC) vs. Douglas Lima (Bellator)

This is a fight that I would honestly like to see, unfortunately reality sucks. Woodley has looked great throughout his career and improves with each performance for the most part. Lima is the lesser known of the two, but seems to surprise everyone who doubts him. The old Tyron Woodley uses his wrestling to grind Lima out for 5 rounds. Luckily for Lima that Woodley is long gone and the striking first version will not fare well. Lima dodges haymakers and scores from the outside to take this one. Douglas Lima via Split Decision

Lightweight: Conor McGregor (UFC) vs. Brent Primus (Bellator)

Let’s call a spade a spade here, Primus is lucky if he makes it a minute. Conor McGregor via TKO Round 1

Featherweight: Max Holloway (UFC) vs. Patricio Freire (Bellator)

I love the fighting style of Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and he is a fighter that doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. He always brings the fight and always aims to finish. Unfortunately if he ever faced newly crowned UFC Champ Max Holloway, he would be disposed of quickly. His aggressive style would leave him a sitting duck for the much bigger and more skilled Holloway. This one ends early. Max Holloway via TKO Round 1

Bantamweight: Cody Garbrandt (UFC) vs. Eduardo Dantas (Bellator)

The Bantamweight Division receives absolutely no marketing attention from the Bellator Executives, and rightfully so. Their roster is god awful and headlined by the least talented Champion of the group. Eduardo Dantas doesn’t crack the divisional top 10 in the UFC, and surely can’t stand long with Garbrandt. This one drags on a bit due to Cody dancing between knockdowns, but not much more than a round. Cody Garbrandt via TKO Round 2

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