It's time for mixed marital arts to have its very own mega event. The NFL has the Super Bowl; Major League Baseball has the World Series; Pro wrestling has WrestleMania. It's time for MMA to have a grand annual event.
It would include a week leading up to the event with activities for the fans, with celebrities and a host city with an arena that would seat around 20,000. You could even try to stage it in an indoor stadium like the ones in Indianapolis, Detroit or Dallas and triple the attendance.
The draw for MMA fans to such an event would be the unique matchups. This would be the event you would allow guys like boxer James Toney to compete. Bouts that fans would love to see; Herschel Walker vs. Batista, Shaquille O'Neal vs. Hong Man Choi, Kimbo Slice vs. Mike Tyson and celebrity Kevin James could compete under amateur rules. Old-school battle, Dan "The Beast" Severn vs. Ken Shamrock in the cage, or MMA analyst/comedian Joe Rogan vs. Carlos Mencia.
And this is where mega-fights or cross-organizational fights would take place with no belts on the line. Fights between Strikeforce and UFC fighters; Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, George St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz, Antonio "BigFoot" Silva vs. Brock Lesnar, Frankie Edgar vs. Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez and Jason "Mayhem" Miller vs. Jake Shields.
Only Zuffa/Ultimate Fighting Championship could but on such an event, along with several large sponsors. The sponsors would be needed to hand out large purses to the fighters.
Every fighter would make over $100,000 each with the "Fight of the Night", "KO of the Night" & "Submission of the Night" fights, getting $500,000 each.
For the stake of this article we can call the event UFC Best Man 1.
Recently, there was a rumor on the Internet that UFC Champion George St. Pierre and Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz were going to do battle at UFC 140. UFC President Dana White quickly put an end to that rumor.
But this type of event would be prefect for such matches. It would also be the place that fighters could call out other fighters to do battle.
Or when fighter Chael Sonnen said some derogatory words about former champion Brock Lesnar. "If Brock Lesnar were here right now, I'd take my boot off and throw it at him. And he better polish it up before he brings it back to me.
"That guy comes around here talkin' about he's the baddest guy in the UFC? Are you kidding me? I'd slap you in the face and you wouldn't do anything about it, Brock. 'But I'm Brock Lesnar! I've got this $5 haircut and a knife tattooed on my chest!"
If the UFC had an event like UFC Best Man, Brock could have responded by saying, meet me at "Best Man," punk! After you're off steroids and your suspension is over and your court cases are settled.
So, what are your thoughts on such an event?