Who would be the champ + and how would the top 15 look like if it was possible to merge current UFC HW with Pride Openweight GP fighters from 2006? Assumptions/rules: - UFC rules/octagon, but no USADA - Only HWs actually ranked by the UFC right now (i.e. no Jones/Cormier) - I didn’t reorder UFC rankings other than bumping them down to make slots for Pride, but feel free to do so since it’s a pure fantasy exercise. I start: Champion: Fedor #1 Big Nog #2 Ngannou #3 Miocic #4 Cro Cop #5 Werdum #6 Lewis #7 Gane #8 Overeem #9 Barnett #10 Hunt #11 Blaydes #12 Volkov #13 Rozenstruik #14 Abdurakhimov #15 Tybura Assistance for casuals: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_in_Pride_FC https://www.ufc.com/rankings A couple of observations / comments: - Pride was the pinnacle of HW MMA so I’ve got Fedor / Nog as a clear cut top 2. No disrespect to 2021 Francis / Stipe, but they are just a tier below. - I’d probably have Miocic from 2-3 years ago as a #1 only behind the GOAT himself, but again, it’s the current UFC. - My #11-#15 is essentially the same as UFC’s current #5-#9 spots. As much as I love Shogun, Belfort and Randleman, they’re not natural heavyweights and I can’t see them matching up well with 260 lbs monsters like Rozenstruik or Abdurakhimov. - Cro Cop is a wild card and I struggled the most ranking him. You can tell me that he’s too high or too low and I’ll probably agree.