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Lineal Dream Fights for 2015 - Part 1 (Heayweight down to Featherweight)

Hello there lineal title fans! As a new year begins, I thought it would be fun to fantasize about the dream match ups in each weight class, strictly from a lineal title perspective. To me, the fun part about lineal titles is the quest for total unification. Amazingly, if each of the match ups that I'll preview in this post actually came to be, it would result in the unification of the 10 most important titles in each weight classes from Heavyweight on down to Featherweight! I call this collection of belts the "Big Ten," and it was established as a way to recognize the fact that not all titles are created equal.

Criteria for Determining the "Big Ten" in each weight class:

1. Significance of title to division when first installed

2. Significance of the inaugural champion crowned

3. Significance of lineal path title follows over time


Rules:

1. All titles trace back to the given promotion's inaugural championship, unless specifically noted

2. Only bouts contested within the weight class for which the belt was created are counted in the lineage. (See Rule 3 for exceptions)

3. WMMA belts will be allowed to "migrate" to different weight classes due to more frequent weight class changes by female fighters

4. If a title dead ends due to change of weight class or retirement, the next title issued by the promotion will be considered. I will refer to each issued title as an "iteration" of the belt (1st iteration, 2nd iterations, etc.)

5. No Contest rulings will always be respected (i.e. Diaz vs Gomi: Diaz tested positive for marijuana, so the fight does not effect the lineage)

6. TUF fights are exhibitions and will generally not count in the lineage of a title. TUF 20 for the Strawweight title is an exception to this rule considering the stakes

Lineal Title Dream Fights by Weightclass:

Heavyweight Lineal Dream Fight:

Cain Velasquez (37 titles) vs. Vitaly Minakov (3 titles)

  • Number of Lineal Titles on the Line: 40
  • Resulting Unification: 40 of 50 Titles or 80%
  • Notable Titles Added to Unification:
  • Most Significant Title Left to Unify: UCMMA (HW Title) - Ben Smith (2010) → Oli ThompsonShawn Jordan → Cheick Kongo → Roy NelsonStipe MiocicJunior Dos Santos

Light Heavyweight Lineal Dream Fight:

Jon Jones (21 titles) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (3 titles) / Rumble Johnson (2 titles) Winner

  • Number of Lineal Titles on the Line: 26
  • Resulting Unification: 26 of 41 Titles or 63%
  • Notable Title Added to Unification: Strikeforce (BIG 10) - Bobby Southworth (2006) → Anthony Ruiz → Bobby Southworth → Gegard Mousasi → King Mo Lawal → Feijao Cavalcante → Dan HendersonLyoto MachidaPhil DavisAnthony Johnson
  • Most Significant Title Left to Unify: Dream - Gegard Mousasi (2010) - Mousasi also holds 3 other titles at LHW, but is currently competing at Middleweight and therefore unable to defend them

Middleweight Lineal Dream Fight:

Chris Weidman (25 titles) / Vitor Belfort (6 titles) Winner vs. Jacare Souza (6 titles) / Yoel Romero (1 title) Winner

  • Number of Lineal Titles on the Line: 38
  • Resulting Unification: 38 of 51 Titles or 75%
  • Notable Titles Added to Unification:

Welterweight Lineal Dream Fight:

Georges St. Piere (31 titles) vs. Ben Askren (5 titles)

  • Number of Lineal Titles on the Line: 36
  • Resulting Unification: 36 of 55 Titles or 65%
  • Notable Titles Added to Unification:
      • IFL (BIG 10) - Jay Hieron (2007) → Ben Askren
      • Bellator MMA (BIG 10) - Lyman Good (2009) → Ben Askren
  • Most Significant Title Left to Unify: Cage Fighting Championship: Australia - Shane Nix (2008) → Brian EbersoleJames HeadMike PyleMatt Brown Robbie Lawler

Lightweight Lineal Dream Fight:

Anthony Pettis (27 titles) / Rafael dos Anjos (2 titles) Winner vs. Cowboy Cerrone (11 titles) / Benson Henderson Winner

  • Number of Lineal Titles on the Line: 40
  • Resulting Unification: 40 of 60 Titles or 67%
  • Notable Titles Added to Unification:
      • IVC (BIG 10) - Rafael Cordeiro (1999) → Rumina SatoCaol Uno → Marcio Barbosa → Dokonjonosuke Mishima → Takanori GomiJoachim HansenVitor RibeiroTatsuya Kawajiri → Takanori Gomi → Marcus AurelioMitsuhiro Ishida → Takanori Gomi → Sergey Golyaev → Eiji Mitsuoka → Kazunori Yokota → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Shinya AokiEddie AlvarezDonald Cerrone
      • Shooto (BIG 10) - Caol Uno (1999) → Marcio Barbosa → Dokonjonosuke Mishima → Takanori Gomi → Joachim Hansen → Vitor Ribeiro → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Takanori Gomi → Marcus Aurelio → Mitsuhiro Ishida → Takanori Gomi → Sergey Golyaev → Eiji Mitsuoka → Kazunori Yokota → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Shinya Aoki → Eddie Alvarez → Donald Cerrone
      • Pride FC (BIG 10) - Takanori Gomi (2005) → Marcus Aurelio → Mitsuhiro Ishida → Takanori Gomi → Sergey Golyaev → Eiji Mitsuoka → Kazunori Yokota → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Shinya Aoki → Eddie Alvarez → Donald Cerrone
      • Bellator MMA (BIG 10) - Eddie Alvarez (2009 Tournament Champion) → Michael Chandler → Eddie Alvarez → Donald Cerrone
      • Other titles held by Cerrone that would be added to the unification include: KOTC, Deep, Cage Rage, and Shooto Pacific Rim
  • Most Significant Title Left to Unify: Pancrase - Katsuya Inoue (2008) → Maximo BlancoPat HealyKhabib Nurmagomedov (Note: 2nd iteration, 1st dead ends where inaugural champion Shoji Maruyama moved down to FW)

Featherweight Lineal Dream Fight:

Jose Aldo (20 titles) / Conor McGregor (3 titles) Winner vs. Pitbull Freire (8 titles) / Daniel Straus Winner

Lineal Title Leaderboard:

# Name # of Titles Unify Big 10
1 Cain Velasquez 37 74% 100%
2 Georges St. Piere 31 56% 80%
3 Anthony Pettis 27 45% 60%
4 Chris Weidman 25 49% 70%
5 Jon Jones 21 51% 90%
6 Jose Aldo 20 41% 60%
7 Ronda Rousey 18 67% 90%
8 Donald Cerrone 11 18% 40%
9 Mighty Mouse 8 32% 70%
9 Dominick Cruz 8 21% 40%
9 Patricio Freire 8 16% 20%
10 Bibiano Fernandes 7 18% 20%
11 Vitor Belfort 6 12% 20%
11 Jacare Souza 6 12% 10%
12 Cyborg Justino 5 100% -
12 Joanna Jędrzejczyk 5 28% 50%
12 Ben Askren 5 9% 20%
13 Jessica Aguilar 4 22% 10%
13 Marlon Moraes 4 13% 10%
13 Gegard Mousasi 4 10% 0%
13 Vitaly Minakov 4 8% 0%
13 Lance Palmer 4 8% 0%
14 Herica Tiburcio 3 75% -
14 Carla Esparza 3 17% 30%
14 Conor McGregor 3 6% 20%
14 Miesha Tate 3 11% 0%
14 Emanuel Newton 3 7% 0%
14 Alexander Gustafsson 3 7% 0%
14 Tyron Woodley 3 5% 0%
14 Khabib Nurmegomodov 3 5% 10%
15 Twelve tied with 2 each 2 - -

Upcoming Unification Bouts # Date
Alexander Gustafsson vs Anth. Johnson 5 titles 24-Jan
Miesha Tate vs Sara McMann 4 titles 31-Jan
Chris Weidman vs Vitor Belfort 31 titles 28-Feb
Ronda Rousey vs Cat Zingano 20 titles 28-Feb
Jacare Souza vs Yoel Romero 7 titles 28-Feb
Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington 2 titles 28-Feb
Emanuel Newton vs Liam McGeary 4 titles 28-Feb
Anthony Pettis vs Rafael dos Anjos 29 titles 14-Mar
Other Titles on the Line # Date
Patricio Freire vs Daniel Straus 8 titles 16-Jan
Donald Cerrone vs Benson Henderson 11 titles 18-Jan
Conor McGregor vs Dennis Siver 3 titles 18-Jan
Norman Parke vs Gleison Tibau 2 titles 18-Jan
Ryan Bader vs Phil Davis 1 title 24-Jan
Konstantin Erokhin vs Viktor Pesta 1 title 24-Jan
Tyron Woodley vs Kelvin Gastelum 3 titles 31-Jan
Jordan Mein vs Thiago Alves 1 title 31-Jan
Thales Leites vs Tim Boetsch 1 title 31-Jan
Ian McCall vs John Lineker 1 title 31-Jan
Nam Jin Jo vs Min Jong Song 1 title 1-Feb
Marlon Moraes vs Josh Hill 4 titles 12-Feb
Chris Gruetzemacher vs Anth. Carvalho 1 title 12-Feb
Stephen Thompson vs Brandon Thatch 1 title 14-Feb
Mu Gyeom Choi vs Doo Won Seo 1 title 15-Feb
Tom Duquesnoy vs Krzysztof Klaczek 1 title 15-Feb
Jessica Andrade vs Marion Reneau 1 title 22-Feb
Aljamain Sterling vs Manny Gamburyan 1 title 18-Apr
Cain Velasquez vs Fabricio Werdum 37 titles TBD
Vitaly Minakov vs Alexander Volkov 4 titles TBD

Tune in next time for Part 2 where I'll reveal the Dream Lineal Match ups for Bantamweight on down to Atomweight!

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