With the NHL and NBA seasons starting up, we’ve seen a lot of posts comparing different teams to their MMA analogs, and it looks like fun. We thought the best way to approach this would be to focus on the sport we know best, which is why we’ve put together this list of MMA fighters if they were UFC fighters.
There was a time when a fighter might conceivably see Amanda Nunes’ name on the contract and think they had a reasonable chance of winning the fight, but that time has long since passed. Five minutes in the octagon with Nunes feels as long as an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience for her opponents, with nearly as much brain damage as a result. Every win in the feather- and bantamweight division that moves a fighter closer to title contention feels more like a sentence than a celebration.
Amanda Nunes is UFC Featherwight and Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes
A fighter who will forever be on the short list of greatest fighters of all time, few combatants have gone through the type of career swings that Silva has. From a beloved hero to a drug cheat to becoming, improbably, the borderline impossible feel-good story have an MMA fighter getting back into fighting in their late 40s. It seems like nothing can stop the comback narrative, unless he finds himself in need of more shady dick pills.
Anderson Silva is former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Chael Sonnen was an even worse person and also really bad at being Chael Sonnen? Have we got great news for you. Covington is Donald Trump’s favorite MMA fighter, provided he is currently the last MMA fighter who has said something nice about Donald Trump, and artfully wields racist insults to build “interest” in fights with the subtle artistic flair of a dog shaking a paintbrush.
Colby Covington is former “UFC Welterweight Champion” Colby Covington
Entering the UFC as one of the most eagerly anticipated arrivals in recent years, Dern possesses some of the highest level of ground skills the UFC’s flyweight division has ever seen, as well as one of the highest definitions of flyweight. Her results have been up and down inside of the octagon, with efforts to get a read on exactly where she stands in the division just as confusing as her accent.
Mackenzie Dern is grappling World Champion and Flyweight fighter Mackenzie Dern
A square heavyweight best known for his short height and glass jaw, Barry proves that you don’t need ground skills to fight in the UFC, only to win there. Barry did earn a reputation for giving the fans what they wanted to see, however, closing his career out by getting finished in five of his last seven bouts.
Pat Barry would be former UFC Lightweight Abel Trujillo