The UFC games we need in 2022
UFC in 2021 was arguably the most extraordinary twelve months in the 28-year history of the promotion. Record-breaking pay-per-view purchases, numerous title changes, more KO and Submission finishes than we’ve ever seen and a rise in talent where a new generation of mixed martial artists are in the spotlight .
UFC matchmakers will struggle to compete with the success of 2021, but what are some of the intriguing fights they can formulate to keep the hype going? Let’s dive into some dream games and the matchmaking potential for the UFC in 2022.
Khamzat Chimaev vs. any top 10 welterweight
There is no other fighter on the UFC’s roster who has generated more interest than Khamzat Chimaev.
Without reaching the third round throughout his pro MMA career, Chimaev is poised to break into the UFC’s top 10 welterweight, and he does so in a dominant fashion.
The Chechen, originally from Russia, joined the promotion in July 2020 and quickly added two save with a save to his UFC record by accepting combat contracts in consecutive weeks. Two months later he knocked out Gerald Meerschaert with a right center and combined with his outrageous but intimidating personality; a new star is born.
Health concerns prevented Shimaev’s rise throughout 2021, a year that undoubtedly could have positioned him as a top fighter with three fights called off against No.3 Leon Edwards. However, Chimaev returned to UFC 267 in October, and he quickly reminded the MMA world why they needed to be careful.
Chimaev dominated Jingliang Li in a way we’ve never seen before, extending his professional MMA record to 10-0, and once again, a 10e career victory also became his 10e stop victory.
The question is, who will face Shimaev next? Online calls from other welterweight contenders have arrived in abundance, but UFC President Dana White has publicly said no one wants to face him.
Chimaev mentioned the names of most of the welterweights in the top ten, and yes, he also called out Brock Lesnar – but that’s the kind of fool that “Borz” introduced us to. The fight against Neil Magny makes sense, but increasing Shimaev’s ranking position wouldn’t have much of an impact. Having said that, I don’t think the question is who? But even more, who will accept?
Jon Jones vs. Heavyweight Champion
Waiting for Chimaev’s health problems to go away was an exhausting wait. Still, I don’t think there has been a more excruciating expectation in mixed martial arts history than the anticipation of seeing Jon Jones fight in the heavyweight division.
Once considered the greatest undisputed of all time, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been sidelined since relinquishing the title in 2020 with ambition. to climb into a weight class. The worst part is that he is not injured and is quite capable of making a comeback whenever he wants. On that note, mental health issues arose, and as with any physical health issue, we should take Jones’ personal life choices seriously.
However, Jones’ adventure of making headlines for all the wrong reasons isn’t what we’re here for. The entire MMA community wants to see Jon Jones make his heavyweight debut, and everyone, including sports betting, has been anticipating his return throughout 2021.
UFC odds on Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou became available when Dana White attempted to book the fight during the summer months. Sadly, Jones rejected the contractual deal, and whether that was an excuse or not, the former number one pound-for-pound stressed that the money offered was not large enough to accept it.
Since then, Jones has left his longtime Jackson-Wink MMA gym and found a new home at MMA Acoma; Notably, he will train with many familiar faces as head coach Nick Urso, who first trained at Jackson-Wink but later branched out to create the affiliated gym.
Ciryl Gane and Francis Ngannou were scheduled to compete in UFC 270 in January 2022. If Jon Jones is to make a real impact on his return, there’s no better way to reestablish himself as the most dominant in the world while silencing him the criticisms that accept to fight the winner of this competition and come away as heavyweight champion.
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Women’s mixed martial arts are currently dominated by UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko and dual division champion Amanda Nunes who currently holds the bantamweight and featherweight titles. Nunes will play her sixth bantamweight title defense this Saturday against Julia Penna at UFC 269. She enters the fight as a favorite at -900. For punters this could be a great choice to go with the underdog as the only weakness Amanda has ever shown is in her wrestling which is Pena’s strength. So be sure to check out all of the UFC odds ahead of this weekend’s big event.
Yes, I know Nunes has successfully defeated Shevchenko twice, but there is no competitive fight in their respective divisions that would pose a threat to dethrone the queens of MMA.
Plus, facts are facts, and the point is, Nunes beat Shevchenko in his last fight by split decision. In the eyes of some, a controversial decision could have made Shevchenko the winner.
I don’t care if Shevchenko is gaining weight; they agree on a weight, title or non-title fight; There is no viable competition for Amanda Nunes at the moment other than the elite hitting and grappling of Valentina Shevchenko.
- Petr Yan v Aljamain Sterling – Rematch for the undisputed bantamweight title.
- Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier IIII – Let’s take a look back at the injury they suffered in their previous fight.
- Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards – Give the Englishman his title opportunity.
- Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski III – “Blessed” is the only option.
- Jose Aldo vs. TJ Dillashaw – One more title for Aldo.
- Rose Namajunas vs. Carla Esparza II – Carla deserves it, don’t put it off.