George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series is one of my all-time favorite reads, and I also enjoy watching the HBO series based on the books “Game of Thrones” — even though I already know what happens in the first five books (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you).
Like Martin’s work, the UFC is also filled with lots of interesting characters, so I’ve matched some of the promotion’s stars with the appropriate personality in the series.
Here it is, my directorial debut, casting the UFC’s stars as Game of Thrones characters:
Jon Jones as Stannis Baratheon
Like Stannis, Jones isn’t exactly loved by the simple-minded peasants, but he’s arguably the most dominant force in the promotion. Like Stannis, Jones has a tendency to be a bit sanctimonious at times which ends up pushing him away from the people. At the end of the day, both men are completely dedicated to their goals and aspirations, and all in their path will eventually have to bend the knee or be destroyed.
Chael Sonnen as Jamie Lannister
Jamie is the privileged son of the richest man in the seven-kingdoms, Tywin Lannister, while Sonnen is clearly the favorite of UFC president Dana White. Like the “Kingslayer,” it’s easy to misjudge Sonnen from afar, but the more you get to know him, the more it becomes apparent that he really isn’t as bad as his past actions might lead you to believe. Both men are honorable in their own way, even though you probably wouldn’t notice it unless you dig deep below the surface.
Dana White as Petyr Baelish
While neither man was born with the talents needed to compete in a world that favored strong, athletic men, both managed to use their wit to elevate themselves to the top of their worlds. Both men have a knack for making tactically prudent decisions, and it’s nearly impossible to determine when either man is telling the truth or playing you like a fiddle.
Ronda Rousey as Arya Stark
Neither gives a rat’s backside about what roles society feels are appropriate for females, with serious attitudes to go with it. Rousey enjoys breaking arms inside the cage, while the prepubescent Arya has already put several bodies six feet below.
Anderson Silva as Eddard Stark
Like the beloved Game of Thrones character, Silva also follows a strong moral code that doesn’t necessary benefit his career. While others like Sonnen have embraced trash-talk and more aggressive promotional tactics, Silva remains reluctant to follow their lead. “The Spider” is superstar right now, but he would be a lot more popular if he was more of a showman outside the Octagon (he’s an excellent showman inside the cage).
Chris Weidman as Rob Stark
Like Rob, Weidman is set to go to war against the most dangerous man in the realm, even though he seems a bit too green for the task. He better bring his A-game when he faces Anderson Silva at UFC 162, or suffer a humiliating, crushing defeat.
Georges St. Pierre as Loras Tyrell
Even though GSP has dominated the UFC’s welterweight division for quite some time, his risk-averse nature makes it hard to put him on the same pedestal as other renowned fighters in the UFC. Like GSP, Loras is one of the best fighters in the Game of Thrones, but the fact he’s never been in the types of bloody battles that seasoned knights like Stannis Baratheon and Tywin Lannister have is often a subject of discussion.
Anderson Silva has had several fights at 205 pounds, BJ Penn had the stones to fight Lyoto Machida, and other champs like Jon Jones and Jose Aldo seem serious about eventually moving up. GSP hasn’t shown any enthusiasm about moving up to 185 pounds to face anyone, let alone “The Spider,” and the history books won’t forget to bring up that fact if he fails to explore the middleweight division.
Johny Hendricks as Jon Snow
Snow is the bastard son of Winterfell, and you might as well call Hendricks the illegitimate son of the UFC. Both men aren’t treated as well as the legitimate children, which has left decent-sized chips on their shoulders. Fortunately for Hendricks, he’ll get to take out his frustration on GSP sooner rather than later, as he’s set to get the next shot at the welterweight title.