When it comes to the world of professional wrestling, there is no bigger event than Wrestlemania. Every year, WWE head Vince McMahon rolls out the red carpet for the biggest pay-per-view of the year, where typically the biggest, most anticipated matches are on display for the world to see. It truly is quite the spectacle, despite the fact that ultimately the results and storylines are predetermined. Still, that doesn’t keep the fans from tuning in, showing up and loving every second of it.

Which leads me down a fun, hypothetical, fantasy world for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. If UFC President Dana White and company could put together a card that would be on the level of that of Wrestlemania, what would it look like? Well, that’s why I’m here. Despite the fact that the promotion rolls out at least one pay-per-view per month, it still finds ways to make its annual Super Bowl, Fourth of July, and New Year’s cards bigger than the other ones. But if we could find a way to take those cards, blend them together and create the most amazing card filled with dream fights based on the current UFC lineup, here is what it would potentially look like.

But real quick, before we dive into the card itself, a couple of things have to be mentioned. Normally, the UFC has ways of doing things, but we’ll break that convention here. The promotion always has it so that its title fight is the main event, no matter what, and if there are two title fights on the same card, whichever weight class is heavier tends to get top billing. Well, we’re taking this model and throwing it out the window. Also, don’t be surprised to learn that the fights will take place at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, which conveniently enough has been airlifted to Boston, so that I don’t have to pay for flights to attend this. My fantasy, my rules.

The first fight on the seven-fight pay-per-view card—yes, that’s right, seven fights—would be one to get the party started as Chan-Sung Jung takes on Leonard Garcia. At first glance, that may not sound like a fight that is worthy of an event to this capacity, but these two have a bit of a history with one another that has resulted in exciting fights. The first time they locked horns was at WEC 48, where the two slugged it out in a similar fashion to that of Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar at the very first The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Garcia squeaked out the split decision victory, but “The Korean Zombie” had his revenge in 2011 when he scored the first and only twister submission victory in the promotion’s history. As far as the rankings are concerned, this fight doesn’t make any sense. However, purely for entertainment value, this fight is a great way to start the night.

Next would be the new sweetheart of the promotion, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, battling newly inked Sara McMann. Women’s MMA has never been bigger, and with two Olympic medalists battling for the most coveted prize in the sport, the script on this fight writes itself. Everyone heralds the champion for her judo ability and the bronze medal that she took home at the Beijing Olympics, but what people don’t realize is that four years earlier, McMann captured the silver medal in wrestling at the Athens Olympics. The two have similar records—7-0 for Rousey, 6-0 for McMann—and their Olympic histories, parlayed with the popularity of women’s MMA, makes it a perfect fight for the card.

The third fight of the night would be one that pits the classic striker versus grappler, but simultaneously capitalizes on an anger and a fire that these two have for each other. Chael Sonnen has said some outrageous things throughout the course of his career, but what he has said about Brazil and its countrymen really hit close to home for Wanderlei Silva. At the height of the Sonnen and Anderson Silva hype, Wanderlei was quoted as saying, “I kill him, I kill him fast,” in reference to a fight with Sonnen. The king of smack talk fired back a response for the ages, which would set up a fight for the ages. It would give the former Pride middleweight champion a chance to remind people of his glory days in Pride, while Sonnen would be able to prove just how hard being a gangster from the mean streets of West Linn, Ore., truly is.

Let’s forget about the fact that Stephan Bonnar is technically retired—and that he tested positive for steroids after his recent loss against Anderson Silva—but remember that the fight that saved the UFC was Forrest Griffin taking on Bonnar for the crown of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. Had it not been for the reality show and that fight, the promotion very well could have gone belly up. The two squared off again, with Griffin once more walking out victorious. “The American Psycho” has expressed that he would love one more go at it with Griffin, and something tells me that if this fight was offered, he would likely end his retirement and go to war one last time. Knowing Griffin, he would be up for this too, and it would be something that longtime MMA fans would love to see one more time. There’s fight number four.

When the WEC closed its doors back in 2010, it left a lasting impression in the minds of sports fans, with the highlight of the promotion’s swan song coming in the form of the now famous “Showtime Kick.” Anthony Pettis’ jumping-off-the-fence head kick that was delivered to then promotional champion Ben Henderson in a razor close fight ultimately gave “Showtime” the nod when the contest was determined by the judges. Pettis became the new champion and was promised a shot at the lightweight title, but due to a draw and subsequent rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, Pettis’ title shot failed to materialize. Since then, Henderson has gone perfect inside the Octagon, capturing and twice defending the championship along the way. With the only UFC blemish on the record of Pettis coming against Clay Guida in his debut, it only makes sense that the fighter who has won three in a row gets his once promised lightweight title shot against the guy who he defeated to earn it in the first place. And so he would be granted the opportunity in the evening’s fifth bout.

It would be impossible to have a card of this caliber without a heavyweight fight on tap, so that’s the weight class we’ll feature in the co-headliner. While it would be great to roll out champion Cain Velasquez for this one, it may be more entertaining to bring out two contenders fighting for a chance at the champ, so it would be Junior dos Santos squaring off against Alistair Overeem in the evening’s co-main event. Despite the fact that these two have never locked horns, there is a clear level of bad blood between the two. Both fighters are elite strikers, as dos Santos is a boxer and Overeem is a kickboxer. Generally speaking, heavyweights are known for their knockout power, and over the course of their careers, dos Santos and Overeem have combined for a whopping 26 victories by knockout. Although the fights prior to this one would be just as exciting, this contest would put tense butterflies in the stomach of every fan as they awaited the moment when one of these gigantic bodies would crash against the canvas, knocked out.

But the clear main event would have to be a superfight between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and middleweight champ Anderson Silva. As difficult as it may be to admit, especially based on his continued status as an elite fighter, Silva is on the downswing of his career. Left and right, the middleweight champion has had his name attached to many fighters in regards to a superfight, but the right move would be to put “The Spider” up against the man who looks to be doing exactly what Silva has done throughout his UFC career—Jon Jones. The two have similar physical attributes, and they always come to bring it and put on amazing performances. Both of these fighters rarely look human, and a match-up between these two behemoths of the sport would be wildly entertaining.

I don’t know if getting Cowboys Stadium moved to Boston for the weekend would be a more difficult undertaking than the UFC brass getting all of these fights signed to the same card—and keeping all these fighters healthy until the event takes place—but something tells me that the construction crew would have the easier task. But, hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?

Photo: The view inside an arena for a UFC event (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

About The Author

Brian McKenna
Staff Writer

Brian McKenna was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. A sports nut from as long as he can remember, he came to be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts from a roommate watching The Ultimate Fighter while attending Westfield State College. Brian came to writing by starting his own blog, Four Down Territory, which focuses on Boston based sports, life, and of course MMA.