Fights to make it previous the top of UFC 2022

February 8, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Jon Jones (crimson gloves) fights Dominic Reyes (not pictured) throughout UFC 247 at Toyota Middle. Obligatory Credit score: Thomas Shee – USA TODAY SPORTS

It has been a very good 5 months for the UFC to start out the calendar yr in 2022. From a PPV perspective, we began the yr with Francis Nganou unifying the heavyweight title by defeating former coaching associate and beforehand unbeaten Cyril Achieve.

At UFC 271, we noticed Israel Adesanya knock out Robert Whitaker of their much-awaited rematch. Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal ultimately met within the Octagon at UFC 272 and dominated the Covington Gamebread to win a choice.

UFC 273 noticed Alexander Volkanowski proceed his reign by dominating the Korean zombies. Aljamen Sterling justified his bantamweight championship and Khamzat Chimaev confirmed that his promotion was actual with a powerful victory over Gilbert Burns.

Just some weeks in the past, Charles Oliveira misplaced his lighter title on the dimensions by dropping .5 kilos. Nonetheless, he confirmed everybody he was nonetheless the very best light-weight on the planet after eliminating Justin Gaethje within the first spherical.

So many nice fights and nice moments within the first 5 months of the yr. Nonetheless, UFC is simply getting began for 2022 and there are plenty of massive fights to return. Whereas some massive fights have already been introduced, let’s check out a number of the fights that have not been confirmed however have to occur earlier than the top of the yr.

Fights to make the UFC

Jon Jones – Stipe Miocic

Let’s begin with the plain right here. Earlier than the yr is over, we’ll should see Jon Jones (26-1, 1 NC) within the heavyweight division. Arguably the best of all time, Jones has been making ready for his heavyweight debut for greater than two years.

Francis Ngannou is unavailable because of restoration from knee surgical procedure, so Jones can’t struggle for the undisputed heavyweight title. Nonetheless, he may struggle for the interim UFC heavyweight title in opposition to the best heavyweight of all time.

Stipe Miocic (20-4) needs his rematch with Francis Nganou. They’ve fought twice and are 1-1 with the champions. Nonetheless, with Ngannou not obtainable, Miocic needs to struggle the very best. Nicely, it does not get significantly better than Jon Jones.

For now, the UFC is at present wanting ahead to an interim title struggle with Jones and Miocic in September. Will probably be an enormous struggle and whoever wins can struggle Ngannu for the undisputed heavyweight crown within the first or finish of the yr.

Conor McGregor – Michael Chandler

Love him or hate him, Conor McGregor (22-6) remains to be the largest star within the UFC. The previous two-division champion is ramping up his rehab with plans to return to the Octagon by the top of the yr. McGregor is recovering from a damaged leg in his final match.

Many are questioning who will face McGregor upon his return. McGregor has indicated he needs to struggle at 170 kilos when he returns. There is a fellow light-weight who’s already been referred to as to a 170-pound struggle with him and it is a struggle that followers ought to love.

I actually assume Michael Chandler (23-7) is the proper opponent for McGregor. Chandler will bang with McGregor, however he additionally brings a wrestling base that may problem him in his return to the cage. After Chandler ousted Tony Ferguson, he referred to as for a struggle and McGregor expressed curiosity.

To me, there’s actually no fallacious reply on the subject of reserving Conor McGregor. The person himself would promote the occasion. Nonetheless, if I had it my method, I’d like to see him tackle Michael Chandler.

Dustin Poirier – Nate Diazoo

The truth that this struggle is just not already booked by the UFC bothers me. Dustin Poirier (28-7, 1 NC) and Nate Diaz (20-13) have been calling one another to struggle for months. It is a struggle that followers are begging for and stars need it. So why is not the struggle occurring?

Nicely it has to do with Diaz and his contract with the UFC. Diaz at present has one struggle left over on his contract. From his current feedback, it seems that he’s not concerned about resigning with a promotion after the contract expires.

With this, the UFC is attempting to ebook him in opposition to Khamzat Chimayev. Chimaev is a nightmare adversary for Diaz and exiting is not going to bode effectively for his model. Diaz has rejected Chimaev and as with UFC contracts, should you decline after the opponents have been formally launched, your contract will increase.

Due to this, Diaz is in limbo. I want this stuff did not play an element on this, nevertheless it does. My hope is {that a} center floor will be discovered and we lastly get the struggle we wished between Diaz and Poirier. Nonetheless, I’m not holding my breath in the meanwhile.

Charles Oliveira – Islam Makhachev

We are able to lastly hear folks cease speaking as we get to see this struggle to find out the very best light-weight within the UFC. Make no mistake about it, Charles Oliveira (33-8, 1 NC) is the very best light-weight within the UFC. He will not be a champion because of his low weight, however he’s the very best.

However, there’s a giant group of people that declare that Islam Makhachev (22-1) is the very best. The mentor of former light-weight king Khabib Nurmagomedov has received ten fights in a row. Granted, this is not the sexiest listing of opponents. His greatest win within the UFC is Dan Hooker which actually is not saying a lot in the meanwhile.

Regardless of this, many see him as the very best. Oliveira’s final 4 wins have come in opposition to Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson. In the mean time, it seems to be just like the UFC is probably going going to ebook Oliveira-Makhachev within the fall.

We’ll get some readability on the finish as they struggle, and the world can settle into an argument between Oliveira and Makhachev.

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