UFC 2021 : With 2020 reaping incredible results, there is still lots to look forward to and giving importance to one of the most basic components, here’s a list of top 5 fights that need to happen in 2021.
In 2020 UFC became the bearer of some of the most intriguing fights. Reflecting on the year when it is about to draw to a close, one can recall several fights that have taken place in the total tally of 41 events.
While fights like Weili Zhang Vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Dustin Poirier Vs. Dan Hooker, Tony Ferguson Vs. Justin Gaethje and of course Deiveson Figuereido Vs. Brandon Moreno will present the highlights of the year, there were also contests such as Kumaru Usman Vs. Jorge Masvidal and Rafael dos Anjos Vs. Paul Felder, which will remain etched in the hearts of many, maybe not for the action but for the exceptional weight-cut reason.
Though a year can come to a close, the action will never cease, and in 2020 this fact even became evident. Moreover, as the fight operation set to always continue, an element that will remain stationary with it is the desire to see more. And so, as the new year is approaching, it is that time of 2020 or of early 2021 (Depends when you are reading), when conjectures about the next 12 months can be drawn. Therefore, in the wake of that, we have come up with a brief list of fights that need to happen in 2021.
Top 5 UFC Fights That Need To Happen in 2020
Since, some delectable fixtures like, Conor McGregor Vs. Dustin Poirier, Kumaru Usman Vs. Gilbert Burns, being set already, and at some point, in the year Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou will also take place, there already are some much-anticipated bouts locked in for the next 12 months, and who knows maybe in 2021 stars can align for Israel Adesanya Vs. Jon Jones as well. However, the following are some of the additions who can contribute to the year, which irrespective of anything is going to be unforgettable.
Khamzat Chimaev Vs. Stephen Thompson
Khamzat Chimaev has had an incredible 2020. The Swede amassed three quick victories after his debut in July but, had to wait for long to get booked again. In the search of a new opponent, Khamzat’s management and UFC apparently contacted Stephen Thomson, who refused to fight Chimaev, citing reasons such as, his unranked status and him being fairly new to fight someone from Top 5 of the Welterweight division.
Now, not only Khamzat is a ranked fighter and, by matching him alongside Leon Edwards (Match scrapped), who currently holds the No.3 spot in the 170-pound weight class, UFC has showcased its intentions with the fighter. Therefore, in 2021, Chimaev Vs. Wonderboy could create fireworks in the Welterweight division.
Colby Covington Vs. Jorge Masvidal
It is a grudge match. With all the animosity the two former best friends apparently have for each other, this is the fight that needs to happen in 2021, and needs to happen soon. On the favorable part, as per his press interactions, Colby Covington looks ready to create chaos against Masvidal, however, it is Gamebred who seemingly is quiet and, thus producing speculations.
Though if the fight materializes, it will certainly be a sellout fight and can elevate the scale of a Pay-Per-View.
Tony Ferguson Vs. Dustin Poirier
This the fight that almost became reality in 2020 but, because of troubles in negotiations, Poirier withdrew in the initial stages of the talks. However, what did not happen in 2020 might take place in 2021.
When the conversations for the match were at large in 2020, both the fighters were on board from the outset, so nothing would change if contacts are to be made again. And when it comes to enthusiasts this fight between the Lightweights will certainly get a much-anticipated tag from the fans.
Conor McGregor Vs. Nate Diaz
This is the fight that MMA enthusiasts worldwide are longing to witness again. The two have met in the Octagon twice before, and the score is 1-1, therefore to settle the debate once and for all, the trilogy fight is required.
Why in 2021? Since McGregor is returning after another retirement stint and has conveyed that he is looking to complete multiple times in 2021, so, then whom to communicate other than his long time foe Nate Diaz. The Stockton Slugger is also partially facing the same situation and may want to finish the chapter of Conor McGregor with a definite conclusion.
Amanda Nunes Vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Like McGregor and Diaz, these two formidable female champions have also faced each other twice before, and both times it was Nunes, who stood tall. Yet, with doubts residing with the split decision victory of Nunes in the pair’s second encounter, there is a need for this fight to happen again, and 2021 may very well be ideal for that.
The Women’s Pound-For-Pound No.1 fighter Nunes is on the cusp of running through the entire UFC female circuit, and if the undisputed G.O.A.T. secures another one or two victories, then the Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko might remain the only opponent in waiting, and the fact that Shevchenko has an unfinished business with the Lioness, makes the trilogy fight much-awaited. This fight can headline one of the Pay-Per-View cards of the last quarter of 2021.
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