Jon Anik reveals UFC matchmaker’s ‘dream fight’, explains why it won’t happen anytime soon

Jon Anik named a UFC dream fight, but added that it probably won't happen anytime soon.

By: Tim Bissell | 2 weeks ago

Jon Anik is gearing up for UFC 291

UFC commentator Jon Anik will be on the call this weekend for UFC 291: Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje 2. The ever-present PPV play-by-play guy did some media rounds this week and spoke with Mike Owens at Middle Easy about the event.

During their discussion, which included how Anik prepares his voice for a long night of fights and which fighter is the BMF in each division, the broadcaster let slip the fight that UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard is dreaming of putting together.

UFC commentator Jon Anik.
UFC commentator Jon Anik. IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

Mick Maynard’s dream fight won’t happen for a while

According to Anik, Maynard’s dream fight belongs in the snake-bit UFC light heavyweight division. It includes two former champs who have both relinquished the belt due to injury.

“I feel like [Jamahal Hill] gonna be out a long time, an Achilles rehab is pretty substantial and that’s why they went in this direction,” said Anik when describing the circumstances of Hill vacating his 205 lbs title. “He said the UFC is going to take care of him in his YouTube video. I don’t know exactly what that means; surgery or otherwise, financially or otherwise. It’s just crazy man, these guys are so talented. [Jiri] Procházka [versus] Jamahal Hill was like a dream fight of Mick Maynard and the UFC.”

Light heavyweight has been a roller coaster

Since Jon Jones announced he was vacating the UFC light heavyweight title in 2020 (after defending the belt against Dominick Reyes), the belt has changed hands four times. It’s one of the hottest potatoes in the promotion. The only belt that has switched waists as much as this one is the flyweight title, which has changed hands six times since 2020 (among three people).

The first man since Jones to win the belt was Jan Blachowicz, who beat Reyes for the vacant belt in September 2020. He defended the title against Israel Adesanya the following year, but then dropped the belt to Glover Teixeira a few months later.

Teixeira then lost the belt in his first defence; to Jiri Prochazka. Before he could defend the title, Prochazka vacated the strap citing a catastrophic shoulder injury that requires surgery and lengthy rehab.

With the title vacant again, Blachowicz faced Magomed Ankalaev for the belt. But they put on a stinker that resulted in a draw.

Jamahal Hill and Glover Teixeira were then drafted in. And Hill beat Teixeira to take the belt, which he would vacate six months later.

With the injuries to Hill and Prochazka likely to keep them out of action for a while, the UFC matchmakers might consider any light heavyweight fight that produces a champ (who can defend the belt) a ‘dream fight’.

You know you can count on us for quick, consistent quality UFC coverage. Bloody Elbow is an independent, reader supported publication. Please subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with our best work and learn how you can support the site.

Join the Bloody Elbow Substack!

Support Bloody Elbow, and get exclusive content.

Share this story

About the author
Tim Bissell
Tim Bissell

Tim Bissell is a writer, editor and deputy site manager for Bloody Elbow. He has covered combat sports since 2015. Tim covers news and events and has also written longform and investigative pieces. Among Tim's specialties are the intersections between crime and combat sports. Tim has also covered head trauma, concussions and CTE in great detail.

Tim is also BE's lead (only) sumo reporter. He blogs about that sport here and on his own substack, Sumo Stomp!

Email me at Nice messages will get a response.

More from the author

Bloody Elbow Podcast
Related Stories