Needless to say the US and Russia have serious political and sports rivalry going back decades. However, as far as I know remember the US vs Russia angle has never really been promoted or talked about in relation to a major fight; and maybe this is for the best. Despite this I would like to discuss what fight could transcend the sport of mma and become a talking point of pop culture in both countries and around the world and where the national rivalry gets focused on. The fight most likely needs to be for a title. One or both of the fighters can not be too gimmicky or eccentric (this is why I thought and still believe Tony vs Khabib does not have the potential). The fighters need to be at very high levels, even for champions and contenders - maybe Gaethje vs Khabib? Maybe the question of ethnicity will be very important; for example will the majority of the russian population rally around any fighter from the Caucasus.