Jones vs Ngannou – 5 matchups we want to see happen in the UFC
These are five interesting matchup ideas, including Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou, that fans would love to watch, and that make sense given the current scheme of things.
Who doesn’t fancy an old-school fantasy match-up? MMA fans love to play matchmaker, and sometimes it drives them crazy when the UFC doesn’t book a fight that’s right in front of them, and has all the writing of a blockbuster. Here are five matching ideas that make sense in the current scenario.
1. Israel Adesanya vs. Leon Edwards
Yes, you heard right. Israel Adesanya is making the rounds in the middleweight division, and while he has an opponent lined up for July in Jared Cannonier, the idea of this fight is not utopian. Adesanya is the clear favorite to win the fight against Jared Cannonier, which leaves him in the strange conundrum of having wiped out the entire division. The idea of a jump in the weight class can certainly be explored, but Izzy suffered his first and only loss when he made the ambitious leap to capture light heavyweight gold.
Izzy is one of those rare perfectly cast and forged fighters for the 185 lbs. weight category. With no viable threat emerging, the idea of a fight with Edwards seems feasible. Edwards is a big long welterweight, who stands at 6ft 2in [ Adesanya is 6 ft. 3 inches tall] and a master of control distance. He’s good all over the place and has impeccable control in hand to hand work. He always works the hands of opponents in clinch and prepares the elbow when they break. He has tremendous kicks and punches and can cut angles and change stances almost effortlessly. Something none of Izzy’s opponents could threaten.
Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou
This is no surprise. Fans of the sport are praying for this fight, especially as the heavyweight champion Francois Ngannou is at odds with the UFC’s top brass. Jon Jones is without a doubt one of the greatest fighters of all time, and will definitely face Stipe Miocic in his heavyweight debut.
A victory over the greatest heavyweight champion will guarantee Jones the title and a crack for Francis Ngannou. Now Francis showed incredible takedown defense in his second fight against Miocic, and incredible wrestling takedowns when he faced Ciryl Gane. However, Jones is as elite as a fighter can be, and Francis could face the toughest battle of his life. His power, will and championship caliber will be tested if he faces Jon Jones.
Ciryl Gane vs. Tom Aspinall
The UFC heavyweight division has been one of the most exciting in recent times, with diverse fighters emerging. Once considered a laborious and monotonous weight class, nowadays matchmakers are having fun trying to put together the best and most sensible fights in the division.
Ciryl Gane and Tom Aspinall are two heavyweights who move with the agility, dexterity and determination of a welterweight. Both fighters can carry the full six yards, and the idea of this fight excites everyone. The UFC will most likely book that fight next, if Gane gets past Tai Tuivasa and Aspinall gets past Curtis Blaydes.
Colby Covington vs. Khamzat Chimaev or Sean Brady
While there are rumors that the UFC is keen to book Colby Covington vs. Dustin Poirier and Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz, none of this fight really makes sense for the title shot. While Colby has already had two title shots, he should be eager to battle some contenders for another chance.
Khamzat Chimaev and Sean Brady have become two tenable threats in the welterweight division. With unbeaten records and an exceptional wrestling pedigree, young fighters can test Covington’s credibility and hang on to it with his wrestling pressure. A victory for one of the fighters against a former interim champion will eventually mean a crack at the gold.
Nate Diaz vs. Conor Mcgregor 3
One of the biggest blockbuster fights in the UFC was Conor Mcgregor’s two fights against Stockton bad boy Nate Diaz. While Diaz withered the storm and won the first fight at UFC 196, Conor Mcgregor was able to dig deep and get a second wind, when he defeated Diaz in their rematch at UFC 202.
The story of the fight writes itself, and in the words of Mcgregor head coach John Kavanagh, the story of Mcgregor x Diaz is a lot like Batman and Joker. The fight lives up to everyone’s expectations and beyond, with thrilling press conferences, cult followings representing their fighters, and two dogs who come to fight with a “kill or be killed” attitude.
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