Three Fights We’d Like To See in 2023

2022 Is coming to a close which means that we have come to a whole new set of dates of fightnights, Pay Per View and other exciting things in the MMA world such as hopeful new seasons of The Ultimate Fighter and another season of Dana White’s Contender Series. We’ve put a list together of top fights we want to see in the UFC and hopefully Dana White is paying attention because we have some good ones picked for the Upcoming year.

Michael Chandler vs Conor McGregor

Michael Chandler has a not so good record in the UFC, but everytime the former Bellator Champ steps foot in the UFC Octagon he puts on an electric performance we think a showdown with Mystic Mac would be a great fight for both of these guys as they both put on performances in the cage (not so stellar as of late for McGregor though.) It would make sense that these two would fight at some point they talk trash they stylistically are a mismatch with Chandler being a great wrestler and Mcgregor Being a stellar striker in his prime. This would sell ppv buys and I’d love to see it. If this matchup didn’t work out, we’d like to see McGregor take on Jorge Masvidal.

Dustin Poirier vs Colby Covington

Dustin Poirier is getting over a recent case of staph infection, but when the former interim champ is done with treatment for the nasty case on his foot we’d like to see him fight the loudmouth Colby Covington who is also a former interim Champion. I think this fight would bring a lot of eyeballs to the UFC Octagon with Poirier being the good guy everyone loves while Covington is the classic heel goofball that many people despise. We think that poirier would have the upper hand in this fight as he has proved once again that he is one of the most entertaining fighters on the UFC Roster

Valentina Shevchenko vs Zhang Weili

Valentina Shevchenko is one of my favorite fighters too watch in the UFC Octagon. She is a great striker who puts on amazing performances in the women’s Flyweight Division. Shevchenko has defended her belt seven times, with all but one of those performances being in dominant fashion. Shevchenko a solid Mixed Martial Artist and we’d love to see her fight two time Women’s strawweight champion Zhang Weili. We love watching the 115 pound queen, Weili fight each time she steps into the octagon she brings the fight, who could forget her two performances against Joanna Jędrzejczyk, which were epic.

Fighter Profile: Max Holloway

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Max Holloway is the greatest Featherweight fighter of all time.  He currently does not hold the belt in that division but many think he will hold it again at some point in the near future. Holloway puts on amazing performances inside the octagon and outside of the cage is a true role model who exemplifies the beauty of what being a martial artist is. And the Hawaii native is one of the best Warzone streamers in MMA.

Holloway was born on December 4, 1991 Honolulu, Hawaii  and was raised in Waianae. His mother and father were both drug users who suffered from addiction. His father, who was abusive and walked out Holloway and the rest of his family when he was 11 years old. This rough upbringing led to Holloway taking up Kickboxing which led to him competing in the sport winning his first bout after only three days competing. Holloway would then turn his focus to MMA at the age of 19.

Duke Saragosa was Holloway’s first professional fight  for the X-1 promotion in September of 2010. Holloway would win this bout by Unanimous Decision. Bryson Kamaka would be next for Holloway. He’d win this bout by Knockout. He’d then face Harris Sarmiento for the X-1 Lightweight Championship. He’d win the fight by Split Decision and thus winning the title. He’d then fight Eddie Rincon in the UIC promotion. This would be Holloway’s final fight with a smaller promotion.

Holloway would then make his way to the UFC. His first fight would be against Dustin Poirier at UFC 143. It would be Holloways first fight at featherweight and would also be the first loss of his career as Poirier slapped on the Triangle Armbar in the first round. Holloway would not be deterred by this fight and would win his next three fights before dropping two fights in a row to Dennis Bermudez and the notorious Conor McGregor. 

He’d then go on to go on an amazing 13 fight win streak and in the process would win the Featherweight interim title, a title unification bout with Jose Aldo and two successful title defenses. He’d then try to go up to Lightweight, but was unsuccessful with winning that title so he moved back down and made a title defense before losing the belt to Alexander Volkanovski who still has it to this day. He was supposed to face Volkanovski again, but had to pull out due to injury.

We hope Holloway wins the belt back soon as he is an amazing success story and has had a rough upbringing but rose above it to do something great.

What’s Next For Dustin Poirier?

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Dustin Poirier had a monster year headlining the three of the Biggest UFC cards in a post pandemic world. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to win the Lightweight title, but he does have many fights that could be in the cards. A possible fight with Welterweight Colby Covington could be in the cards. A possible fourth fight with Conor McGregor could happen if Poirier wanted to take some time off and wait for the Irish former two division champion. Another possible matchup could be between Poirier and Nate Diaz.

Poirier and Covington have exchanged verbal barbs over the internet recently with Poirier hoping that Covington didn’t have a nice Christmas, and Covington saying that when the pair sparred at their old gym American Top Team in Coconut Creek, FL Poirier would leave crying. Needless to say this bickering adds to the hype of what would be an awesome fight. Covington is coming off a loss to Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 268. Much like Poirier, his last loss was in a title fight. It would definitely make sense to pair the two together especially with Poirier saying that he doesn’t want to make the weight cut to 155 any longer.

Poirier being one of the promotion’s biggest stars makes one think he will go after money fights. And one of the big money fights that he could go for, would be a matchup with Diaz. It’d be a grappler vs. grappler matchup but one would think fans would look past that and want to see these two guys throwing shots at each other and see who reigns supreme as both of them are adequate strikers too. Both Poirier and Diaz have beef with McGregor so this potentially sets the stage for either one of them to fight McGregor again. I think Poirier would destroy a rusty Diaz who didn’t look good in his last outing, and made fans think he was only there for a payday.

Another unlikely option would be a fourth fight with McGregor. I know the end of the last fight in their trilogy made people go into shock and even though Poirier won, it didn’t seem like this ended things between the pair. I think fans would like to see this fight at some point down the road if not immediately. For Poirier this only makes sense in the financial department. He’s already proved that 2021 Poirier can top McGregor, something that 2014 Poirier could not do. I think fans would love to see this and I think it would make the UFC money so why couldn’t a fourth fight happen.

We shall see how this plays out, it’ll be interesting to see how this works out.

Update 01/04/22: Poirier came out publicly saying that he will face Nate Diaz in a short notice fight within the next six weeks. Considering both of their star power one would expect the UFC to put this fight on a numbered PPV card. We shall see!

What’s Next For Nate Diaz?

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Stockton, CA native and overall badass Nate Diaz Returned to the Octagon at UFC 263 when he faced off against Leon Edwards. It was Diaz’s first fight since he fought Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 for the BMF title. Diaz is quite the character and his Twitter game calling out opponents on the platform is second to only the Notorious one in the MMA world. It’d be great to see Diaz come back to the UFC Octagon sooner rather than later, and these are fights we think make sense for Diaz who has put on so many amazing showings in the UFC Octagon during his career.

Poirier just lost his title shot against champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 earlier this month. After the fight many fans wondered what was Next for Poirier. Some even wondered if Lafyette’s own would retire. I doubt Poirier retires and I think that him being one of the promotion’s biggest stars he will go after money fights. And one of the big money fights that he could go for would be a matchup with Diaz. It’d be a grappler vs. grappler matchup but one would think fans would look past that and want to see these two guys throwing shots at each other and see who reigns supreme. Both Poirier and Diaz have beef with McGregor so this potentially sets the stage for our next fight option.

The Second  fight that fans would really want to see Diaz fight would be his final fight in his trilogy with Conor McGregor. McGregor just wrapped up his trilogy with Poirier, losing two consecutive fights to Poirier. This would be a great matchup for the two fighters as Diaz lost both his last two fights also so they both need wins. This trilogy would also sell a lot of PPV’s so it’s really a no brainer for the Promotion to entertain this fight. Even though Diaz says he’s not a fan of the idea of the fight, I think turning down that type of money isn’t a great move when you only have a couple fights in the sport’s biggest promotion left.

The other fight that fans would love to see would be a rematch of the ‘BMF’ title between Diaz and Jorge Masvidal. Masvidal has also lost his two last fights which happened to be title fights against Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 and 261. This again is a no brainer for the promotion as the original BMF title was won by TKO (doctor stoppage.) So fans would flock in droves to the venue and to buy the PPV event if it were to go down.

No matter which fight Diaz chooses, you know it’ll be electric. A fight with Poirier would be great as would rematches with McGregor and Masvidal. We shall see how this shakes out!

5 Fights Conor McGregor Should Consider Before Retirement

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 17:  (R-L) Conor McGregor kicks Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight bout at TD Garden on August 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Conor McGregor is the biggest star in MMA and is subsequently one of the most polarizing stars in the sport. The former two division champ has fought a who’s who in both the Featherweight division and in the Lightweight division. Although it seems like his better days are behind him there are some great fights that could be made for the former Champ-Champ. 

Conor McGregor Vs Islam Makhachev

It’s no mystery to anyone that when Khabib Nurmagomedov said he was retiring that he definitely meant it.  Nurmagomedov has taken up coaching to fill his time in retirement. One of his best fighters that he is coaching is Islam Makhachev. Makhachev has a dominant ground game, reminiscent of Nurmagomedov. It would be an interesting match up with Makhachev trying to take McGregor down and McGregor trying to keep the fight standing where he can use his fists to try to secure a knockout. This seems like a great fight and the UFC would find masterful ways to sell this fight because Makhachev’s camp and McGregor’s camp definitely don’t like each other.

Conor McGregor vs Tony Ferguson

One of the biggest stars in the promotion who’s also been on a losing skid as of late is Tony Ferguson. Furgeson has been calling out the Irish fighter since McGregor was down at 145 pounds. Since then McGregor has moved up to 155 pounds and has won the belt in the 155 pound division, boxed Floyd Maywether, and fought Khabib to try to win the belt again and lost. Conor. Ferguson has also had the belt in the lightweight division but it was only an Interim belt. It’d be great to see these two fan favorites go at it, and Tony Ferguson getting his very own ‘red panty night.’ 

Conor McGregor Vs. Max Holloway II

In 2013 these two fighters met in the UFC Octagon and Conor put on an impressive performance against Holloway to get the win via decision. Since then Holloway and McGregor have both become UFC Champions with Holloway defending the Featherweight belt on multiple occasions only losing the belt to current champion  Alexander Volkanovski in 2019. This would be a great rematch that I think people would love to see.

Conor McGregor vs Jorge Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal has an interesting resume with fights he’s definitely had some amazing bouts including two title fights against current Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and a semi championship fight for the BMF belt with Nate Diaz. Masvidal hasn’t really had a big money fight like the Paydays associated with a fight like the one he’d make against McGregor. Masvidal has an amazing rags to riches story from fighting in the streets of Miami and sleeping in his car to being one of the biggest stars in the biggest MMA promotion. It’d be great to see this fight take place especially if the BMF title was back up for grabs.

Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz III

McGregor just finished his trilogy with Dustin Poirier with two losses to Poirier the last being in July at UFC 264, but the UFC star also has another Trilogy that hasn’t seen it’s final act and that is with Nate DIaz. These two fighters have met twice already and are even with a win apiece. They are both coming off consecutive losses with Diaz losing to Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June and before that a loss to Jorge Masvidal in November of 2019. This would be an amazing match up for the fans and would make the UFC oodles of money with PPV buys and ticket sales. 

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5 Fights The UFC Should Book In 2022

Nate Diaz lands a shot at Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor Vs. Nate Diaz III

McGregor just finished his trilogy with Dustin Poirier with two losses to Poirier the last being in July at UFC 264, but the UFC star also has another Trilogy that hasn’t seen it’s final act and that is with Nate DIaz. These two fighters have met twice already and are even with a win apiece. They are both coming off consecutive losses with Diaz losing to Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June and before that a loss to Jorge Masvidal in November of 2019. This would not likely be until late 2022 with McGregor coming off the injury he sustained in his loss to Dustin Poirier.  

Stipe Miocic vs Derrick Lewis 

Both of these fighters are coming off losses in championship bouts. Miocic lost his belt in March to current UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou. Lewis is coming off a loss to Ciryl Gane at UFC 265 in August where he went toe to toe with the Division’s current Interim Champion. There is an interesting weight discrepancy between the two with Stipe currently weighing in at 234 and Lewis weighing in at the division maximum of 265. On Joe Rogan’s MMA Podcast Lewis reveals that he walks around at about 290 making Lewis the bigger fighter by a mile. Stipe is the greatest heavyweight of all time however so don’t count him out. 

Mackenzie Dern Vs Claudia Gadelha

Mackenzie Dern just fought on Saturday night so it might be too soon to talk about her fighting again. Dern of course lost, but after the fight Claudia Gadelha went on her instagram to call out Dern. It’d be an interesting grappler vs. grappler matchup with both of these Black Belts having  grappling prowess. Dern is coming off only her second loss in her MMA career and will look to be back in the win column in her next fight. Gadelha is also coming off a loss in her last fight which was in November of 2020.  Gadelha was just cleared by the UFC physicians to compete after her injury. Gahdelha was the first strawweight to ever win in the UFC Octagon, and has since fought for the title against Joanna Jędrzejczyk. This would be a very good matchup for the two Brazilians Strawweights. 

Henry Cejudo Vs. Alexander Volkanovski

Henry Cejudo has gone completely out of his way to tell anyone and their mother how much he wants a shot at Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski over the last year. Volkanovski is coming off an impressive win against Brian Ortega at UFC 266 in September. Cejudo started campaigning again to get a title shot after Volkanovski won in September. If Cejudo were to win against Volkanovski this would be his third title in as many divisions with belts in the Flyweight and Bantamweight division already on his resume.

Jon Jones Vs. Anyone in The Heavyweight Division

At this point it’s getting pretty apparent that the greatest MMA fighter of all time will not be fighting anytime soon. After a recent arrest Jon Jones’ future with the promotion looks questionable whether it be another suspension or Jones being cut from the promotion altogether. Jones being cut seems unlikely as the UFC would probably like to control Jones’ contract as he’s one of the promotion’s biggest stars. It is Rumored that Jones was offered a fight with the UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou but the money wasn’t right. After talks for that fight fizzled out it was rumored that Jones was offered a fight with former Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic but wasn’t interested in that fight either. Hopefully Jones figures out what he’s interested in. Possibly another title fight offer is in Jones’ future to fight the winner of Ngannou and Ciryl Gane at UFC 270.

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What’s Next For The Diaz Brothers?

Nate Diaz, left, poses with his brother Nick Diaz, center and a cornerman after defeating Jim Miller in their lightweight bout at UFC on Fox at the Izod Center in E. Rutherford, NJ on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Diaz won via tapout due to a choke in round 2. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
The Diaz brothers. Photo Courtesy of Gregory Payan/ AP

Over the last few months we’ve seen some amazing fights in the UFC Octagon. From new up in comers like Paddy the Baddy to old fan favorites like the Diaz brothers. We first saw Nate Diaz make his re-arrival in the Octagon in June of 2021 marking his first appearance in the UFC octagon since before the pandemic. We then saw Nick Diaz make his return to the octagon in September at UFC 266 where he took on UFC veteran Robbie Lawlwer and lost in the third round. It was really good to see both of these fan favorites make returns to the octagon even if they weren’t triumphant returns. This makes one question what is next for the two Stockton natives. 

Nate Diaz has two fights that fans really want to see. The first would be the final fight in his trilogy with Conor McGregor. McGregor just wrapped up his trilogy with Dustin Poirier losing two consecutive fights to Poirier. This would be a great matchup for the two fighters as Diaz lost both his last two fights also so they both need wins. This trilogy would also sell a lot of PPV’s so it’s really a no brainer for the Promotion to entertain this fight.

The other fight that fans would love to see would be a rematch of the ‘BMF’ title between Diaz and Jorge Masvidal. Masvidal has also lost his two last fights which happened to be title fights against Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 and 261. This again is a no brainer for the promotion as the original BMF title was won by TKO (doctor stoppage.) So fans would flock in droves to the venue and to buy the PPV event if it were to go down. 

Nick Diaz has two interesting fights that fans and fellow UFC fighters are throwing out there for him. The first would be to fight UFC veteran Matt Brown. Brown is coming off a win against Dhiego Lima. Brown is a UFC veteran and has been with the promotion since 2008. The other Fight that fans have speculated about would be a matchup against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. Cerrone is coming off a loss against Alex Morono. Cerrone and Diaz are both on the tail end of their careers so it’d be great to see these UFC veterans duke it out in the Octagon. 

It’d be great to see the Diaz brothers return to their winning ways. These two fighters have amazing skills and are fan favorites. Hopefully they keep fighting till the wheels fall off.

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FIGHTER PROFILE: KHABIB ‘THE EAGLE’ NURMAGOMEDOV

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Since his time away from the sport Khabib Nurmagomedov has made a name for himself as a coach.  But before he was a coach, Nurmagomedov had an amazing career as a fighter.  Nurmagomedov was undefeated in his time in the cage and retired on top as the UFC Lightweight Champion. Nurmagomedov embodies what it means to be a martial artist, and his emphasis on technique and fight IQ will be studied by fighters for years to come. 

Nurmagomedov was born on September 20, 1988 in the village of Sildi, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. Nurmagomedov started wrestling, as his father was involved in the sport and owned a wrestling gym. Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was also a wrestler and was trained in Judo and Sambo while in the Soviet military. Abdulmanap made training Khabib’s peers and other Dagestani youth his life mission, and was hopeful that introducing young athletes to the sport would give Dagestani youth an outlet to not get involved with islamic extremism that is very common in that area of the world. Abdulmanap’s methods were unique however, and included purchasing a bear for young Khabib to wrestle with. 

 Nurmagomedov started training in Judo and Sambo additionally starting at age 17.  Nurmagomedov was in many street fights in his teen years but stopped after focusing mostly on the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.  Nurmagomedov started his MMA career at the age of 19 with a win against Vusal Bayramov by Submission (triangle choke) for the CSFU: Champions League promotion. From there Nurmagomedov would fight in many promotions, and would gain an impressive record of 16-0. This impressive record would lead to Nurmagomedov getting a shot in the UFC. 

 Nurmagomedov would make his UFC debut  against Kamal Shalorus on January 20, 2012 and would secure a victory via Submission (rear-naked choke.) Nurmagomedov would face his first real challenge in the UFC when faced future lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos he won by decision. Nurmagomedov would face next big challenge when he faced Edson Barboza at UFC 219. This victory would secure a UFC title shot for Nurmagomedov.

Nurmagomedov would face Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 where he’d win the vacant Lightweight title. This would lead Nurmagomedov to the biggest fight of his career against The former Featherweight and Lightweight Champion, Conor McGregor.  Nurmagomedov would win by Submission (neck crank.) This would lead to Nurmagomedov jumping over the cage and retaliating against McGregor’s team for the bus incident. Nurmagomedov would defend and unify his Lightweight title twice against his two toughest opponents yet with victories over interim Champions Dustin Poirier  and Justin Gaethje. 

Nurmagomedov announced his retirement after his victory against Justin Gaethje due to the death of his father who passed away because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since his retirement Nurmagomedov has made quite the name as an MMA coach. Nurmagomedov embodies what it means to be a martial artist, and his emphasis on technique will be studied by fighters for years to come.

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What’s Next For Conor McGregor?

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McGregor after getting defeated by Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 (Photo Courtesy of Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal)

The great boxing Champ Marvin Hagler once said “It’s tough to get out of bed to do roadwork at 5 A.M. when you’ve been sleeping in silk pajamas.” This has been true of many boxers and most recently could be used when talking about the highest paid athlete in the world, former two division UFC Champion, Conor McGregor. McGregor has done a lot for the sport of MMA getting more casual fans involved in the sport and boosting the sports profile, but what’s next for the Irish fighter known as ‘The Notorious.’

If you’re in the MMA world you definitely watched McGregor lose to Dustin Poirier in July of 2021 at UFC by TKO completing their trilogy. It was McGregor’s second consecutive loss to Poirier who is one of the best lightweights on the UFC roster.  McGregor looked creepily different when he walked into the press events, the charitable Conor was gone and he was back to slinging insults and barbs at Poirier, even trying to kick Poirier at the weigh-ins.

In a July interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith  “The only thing that’s final in this business is a knockout,” he went on to elaborate that “The decisions, the taps, all that s— means nothing to me.” Then he goes out and tries to submit Poirier on the ground. Odd choice of words considering that the UFC is a MMA promotion, and a big part of MMA historically has been the submission game. What makes this statement even odder is that McGregor is a Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Kavanagh. This makes one question further,  what’s next for McGregor.

In 2017 Conor McGregor took a break from his MMA career to focus on boxing Floyd Mayweather.  This fight was a good match up with McGregor making a guaranteed 30 million dollar purse.  The fight was billed as  “The Money Fight”and “The Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History.” Mayweather would go on to defeat McGregor in the 10th round by TKO. 

This fight made McGregor one of the richest stars in MMA, and made one wonder if McGregor went soft, as he’s never been the same since. He’s lost three of his last four against tough competition in Poirier and Khabib Nurmagomedov, and he looked really good against a rough looking Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. So if he makes a return to the octagon you’d wonder who a good match up would be? 

The fight that makes the most sense, is the other trilogy that The UFC has put on the back burner which is McGregor vs Diaz 3. Diaz won their first meeting in 2016 by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke.) McGregor would come out and win the second fight against Diaz by majority decision. Diaz is in a slump also losing three of his last four  and this matchup just makes a lot of sense, and would make the UFC a lot of money.

We will see what’s in the cards for McGregor when he makes a return from his current injury. Hopefully the star makes a speedy recovery and makes a return to MMA. And if not MMA, boxing because McGregor can still sell a card. 

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