Without a doubt, 2021 has been a fantastic year for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fans everywhere. In the space of a year, there have been several events worthy of your attention, from spectacular knockouts to inspiring comebacks. Of course, it might be difficult to predict the path to a full year in MMA.
2022 has also been full of surprises, who would have thought we would see Kamaru Usman dethroned after brutal UFC 278 headbutt? As the year nears its end, there are still a number of MMA fights that fans would love to see.
Let’s take a look at some fights that fans would love to witness.
Jorge Masvidal vs. Leon Edwards
Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards have a whole backlog of history. As of 2019, they fought in the shadow of the UFC London backstage event. After nearly two years of heated verbal exchanges, they were expected to settle the matter at UFC 269 in December 2021. However, when Masvidal got injured, the fight was called off.
As it stands, the fight doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon, after all since then Edwards has been crowned king of the welterweight division against all odds. found at the best UK betting sites 2022 when he beat Usman at the end of the round in a spectacular knockout.
Masvidal currently sits in 9th place having lost his last 3 fights, that being said, it would be great to finally see Masvidal and Edwards square off in the octagon.
Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman
Kamaru Usman is currently ranked 4th in the pound-for-pound list and it’s for good reason. Out of 20 fights, Usman has only lost 2, one of which is his recent knockout loss to Edwards. Since 2015, Usman has topped the welterweight division without losing a single fight, he actually beat Edwards on December 19, 2015.
Many fans were upset with Usman’s loss, especially since he was clearly winning the fights and was way ahead on the judge’s fight cards. That being said, in the fighting game, all it takes is a split second and someone hits the canvas trying to figure out what just happened.
Usman was leading in terms of striking with 189 total strikes at the end of the fight compared to Edwards 64, to be fair when looking at significant strikes Usman had 83 while Edwards had 55 which although less , is quite a considerable percentage.
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Connor Mcgregor vs. Nate Diaz 3
Whether you’re a fan or even a hater, and regardless of his current slippage, Conor McGregor is and always will be MMA’s biggest star, and any discussion of the Irishman’s return to the Octagon is sure to delight his legion of followers.
Although currently on a 2-fight losing streak against Dustin Poirer, the former two-time champion is gearing up for his highly anticipated comeback. “The Notorious” has ballooned considerably, with plenty of signs pointing to a return to welterweight, where he would meet his nemesis, Nate Diaz, for the much sought after trilogy fight.
The reliability of the “Diaz” surname stands on its own and requires no introduction. The younger brother has lost two games in a row and wants a win just as much as McGregor. When these two fighters finally meet, it will not only be the biggest fight of the year, but also a fitting conclusion to one of the most heated rivalries in UFC history especially since they are currently sitting with one win apiece.
Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou
Francis Ngannou recently called out Joshua and Fury after his title fight win. That being said, this is not the fight fans would really like to see. After two years away from the cage, former UFC title holder Jon Jones remains one of the most entertaining mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes to watch. Despite his troubles outside the cage, seeing “Bones” return to the Octagon is an exciting sight, and Jones is widely expected to now make a run for the UFC heavyweight title held by Francis Ngannou.
After successfully defending his UFC championship against former interim champ Gain at last month’s UFC 270, ‘The Predator’ has had a tough time with the company over his current salary and is being denied a contract extension. On the other hand, the clash between two of the best heavyweight fighters in the world is the most anticipated event of the year for fans of mixed martial arts.
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