POLL: Which Absent MMA Fighter's Return Are You Most Excited About?


It’s hard to ignore that MMA has most of it’s brightest stars sidelined due to unforeseen circumstances at present, but it’s also noticeable that the UFC is home to most of the names on that list. I’m not writing off the current crop of talent in the world of MMA, as the future stars are still in the making.

There has however been a significant change in the past year or so, and events like Fight Night 43 in June highlight my point; that the UFC is a little light in the marquee fighter department. Two fighters, both coming off two straight first round losses, competing in a division which they aren’t ranked in, are headlining a card. Of course, I’m talking about Nate Marquardt vs. James Te Huna.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for giving fighters another chance, but isn’t that what the prelims are for? ‘The Great’ hasn’t won a fight in two years, and has been easily KO’d in his last two outings, and Te Huna has lost to every top 10 opponent he has ever faced. There used to be a time that headlining bouts had title implications, feud settlers, and just fights that meant something. Then again, the promotion had a ot ore to play with back then, in terms of active superstars like Anderson Silva, GSP, Anthony Pettis and Cain Velasquez/Junior Dos Santos.

So as we pine after the legends that sit on the sideline, and watch events that seem somewhat diluted, who’s return to the world of MMA do you await the most? Take a vote and have your say.

  • In order Anderson by far, then Pettis, then Conor, then Dominick Cruz who I am surprised was missed on this list and yes even GSP just because those guys are in positions to create real chaos in their divisions and answer some questions that I am sure EVERYONE wants to know.

    • Dito, Silva and Pettis are my 2 most exciting fighters and Conor is showing some solid potential.

    • Sounds about right Falcon! I'd put Cruz before Conor… for the simple fact i'm still not too impressed with him. However I am excited to watch his fight with Brandao, to see if he can change my mind.

  • TJ Grant by far. Silva has nothing left to prove, Pettis hasn't been out that long. Who? @ Conor Mcgregor. I've lost interest in Cruz.

  • Looking at this list it's little wonder the UFC's been a little sub-par recently.

    Can't wait for Cruz to come back, if just to watch his footwork, Pettis is right at the top along with Sung Jung, Nick/Nate and Cain/JDS.

    Struve's worth a mention too, hopefully he can make a full career recovery and start impressing again.

    With Silva and GSP I just think it's past their time. We're not going to see anything from those guys that's better than we've already seen, which is a massive shame but we all know it happens to everyone eventually.

  • I really want to see where Jnr Dos Santos is at when he returns….Jnr Dos Santos has had the living shit beaten out of him twice by Cain…Can jnr make a comeback??

    • He can certainly make a comeback, cause he can beat anyone BUT Cain…. he's kind of like the Ben Henderson, from the heavyweight division. Weird position to be in… He should be extremely motivated right now and looking to make an example out of the next few fighters he fights, so it should be exciting. JDS-The Reem needs to happen and JDS-Soa Palelei too.

  • Oh boy big surprise, the masses picked Anderson Siliva.