Something fighters would benefit mostly, as viewers is definitely cross-promotion in today’s world of MMA. Who would not love to see Aung La Nsang from One Championship go against Jon Jones, i know i would.
There are so many dream match-ups between UFC, Bellator, Rizin, One, KSW etc. From the top of my head I would love to see let’s say Roberto Soldić, terrific KSW Welterweight champion to go against Tyron Woodley or even direct title shot against current UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. In my opinion, Roberto Soldić could beat 9/10 UFC welterweights from Top 10, only Kamaru could spell trouble with his wrestling.
Same goes with P4P rankings. However you look for, every P4P list contains only UFC fighter and it is alright, I understand that they are biggest MMA organization, but there are other fighters from different promotions that would get in universal cross-promotion rankings easy.
For me it would look something like this:
- Jon Jones ( UFC )
- Khabib Nurmagomedov ( UFC )
- Demetrious Johnson ( One FC )
- Douglas Lima ( Bellator )
- Aung La N Sang ( One FC )
- Henry Cejudo ( UFC )
- Stipe Miocic ( UFC )
- Patricio Pitbull ( Bellator )
- Israel Adesanya ( UFC )
- Roberto Soldić ( KSW )
I know many of you would ask yourself and nod your head like where is DC, Conor, Usman, Nunes etc. I made this list in my own opinion, and would definitely put in Daniel Cormier if his next bout wouldn’t be his last, Conor is out for me because of his inactivity and not defending his titles when he had them, but if he becomes active again, and produces fights like his last one against ‘Cowboy’ he can jump for me into top 3 P4P easily. I did not put Usman in just because he didn’t sell it to me. Don’t take me wrong, he is great fighter, but his fight against Covington, for me, Covington was better, and Usmans Championship fight against Tyron, well there was Usman but not Woodley, he was absent and if they fought again, i think Woodley would take that win easy. Now you might ask me, ‘Why did you put Soldić, and not Tyron or Usman, or even Colby?’ Because in current situation, i think that Soldić deserved it the most. Lastly, i would put Nunes on the top in Woman P4P, and i will leave that for the next article.
What are your opinions about cross-promotions and P4P rankings? Comment or even contact me because i would really love to hear everybody’s opinion on this one.