Throughout the history of the UFC, there are fights that fans have eagerly looked forward to, but in the end, those fights never came to fruition. Some of these fights were even signed, but there was always some adversity that didn’t want the fight to happen. Of course, this list is far from complete, especially in recent years several fights have been cancelled. We’ve picked the top 5 that fans were looking forward to the most.
It was not only a loss to sports fans but also to bookmakers and the now popular bitcoin casinos that regularly post odds for these enormous fights.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson
Five times the UFC has tried to stage this anticipated clash. The Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson fight will forever remain the most talked-about fight in UFC history. And the fact that Ferguson has had nothing but bad luck since taking the interim title fight with Justin Gaethje only lends credence to that claim. Yes, perhaps Nurmagomedov would sweep Ferguson in a heartbeat and leave no one in doubt that he, of all people, is the true ruler of the UFC lightweight division. Either way, Ferguson more than anyone deserved his opportunity to test Khabib and was unfortunately robbed of it.
Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo 2
These two fighters may still be active, but Jose Aldo has moved up to bantamweight where he’s thriving and it’s possible he could work his way up to another title shot. Conor McGregor, on the other hand, looks to “work his way up” to middleweight. This fight was also on the table a few times and fans were calling for a rematch, but in the end, they probably won’t see it.
Amanda Nunes vs. Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino 2
Much like Aldo vs. McGregor, the first fight between Nunes and Cyborg ended very quickly. In 2018, Nunes knocked out her opponent in just 51 seconds and her performance was very dominant. Fans and pundits alike called for an immediate rematch, but Cyborg then took the fight with Felicia Spencer, which was her last in her contract, and moved to the Bellator organization, where she has won four straight and reigns as featherweight champion. So there’s no indication that she’ll be returning to the UFC for a rematch with Nunes.
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar
This was a fight that even UFC President Dana White probably didn’t want to arrange too much. Two complete opposites in terms of personality. Emelianenko barely spoke and looked like he was there out of compulsion during most of his media obligations. But in his prime, when he was considered the best fighter of all time, fans around the world wanted to see him. Brock Lesnar, on the other hand, was and still is a big media personality. A star of the WWE wrestling organization who became the UFC heavyweight champion. This fight was up in the air for a long time. Dana White reportedly had two meetings with Fedor, but as the Russian wrestler later revealed, the UFC president always offered him ridiculous terms and a deal with the UFC never happened.
Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre
There was a lot of talk about this potential duel in its day. The best and most dominant welterweight Georges St.-Pierre and the same was true for middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Both fighters were open to fighting each other, but there were never any concrete negotiations. The one thing that never made sense about this fight was the weight. St-Pierre wasn’t even a big welterweight and in 2017 we saw that he had trouble making weight for a title fight with then middleweight champion Michael Bisping. Silva, on the other hand, was unable to drop below welterweight. It’s possible that because of these reasons, we never saw a fight between the best of their time.