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: Taila Santos

Taila Santos came the closest anyone has ever come to taking Valentina Shevchenko’s belt in the UFC Women’s Flyweight division. The Brazilian who has a background in Muay Thai lands 51 percent of her strikes with ten of her wins coming by way of Knockout, but she has also Submissions in her arsenal of weapons with three of her wins coming by way of Submission she holds a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu but her striking is where she really shines.

Santos was born June 22, 1993 in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil she stands at 5’6 and has fought at both Bantamweight and Flyweight in her 21 fight career. She started training in martial arts at the age of 16 when she started training Muay Thai. She would soon be entered in a championship at Chute Boxe one of the most popular gyms in the country, she win this contest. It was then that she’d start taking Jiu Jitsu and would soon take the venture into MMA with the aid of her father. She would fight one non pro fight but would lose this contest.

Santos would make her professional debut in November of 2013 when she faced off against Josiane Nunes de Lima for the Striker’s House Cup Promotion winning the fight by decision. She’d then face off against Kessiny Mara winning the fight by TKO (punches.) In Santos’ next fight she’d face off against Geisyele Nascimento she’d win the fight by KO (head kick.) She’d win her next ten fights before fighting Laisa Coimbra for the vacant Aspera FC Bantamweight Championship she’d win this fight and the title before fighting on Dana White’s Contender Series Brazil 2 winning the bout by Unanimous Decision.

Santos first trip into the UFC Octagon would be in Febuary of 2019 when she faced off against Mara Romero Borella she’d lose the fight by Split Decision. She’d then face Meatball Molly winning the bout by Unanimous Decision. She’d then face UFC submission ace Gillian Robertson winning by Unanimous Decision. MMA legend Roxanne Modafferi would be up next and Santos would again rise to this Occasion and would beat the “Happy Warrior.” She’d then face Joanne Wood where she would get her first UFC finish with a victory by Rear-Naked Choke. She’d then face Women’s Flyweight G.O.A.T. Valentina Schevchenko losing the bout by Split Decision, in the hardest contest she’s faced at 125.

Santos has a promising future in the UFC, I’d definitely love to see her run it back with Schevchenko in the future. 

What’s Next For Amanda Nunes After UFC 277?

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Amanda Nunes and Julianna Peña put on a Fight of the Year candidate at UFC 277 when they faced off in their second meeting. In this piece we’ll go over some of the options that Dana White and the UFC Matchmakers have for the greatest women’s fighter of all time. Could a third fight with  Peña be in the cards? Could a fight with Valentina Shevchenko be in order? Or Could a matchup with someone in the Defunct Featherweight division be next for Nunes?

Peña has gone toe to toe with the GOAT multiple times now and has a 1-1 record against the champ. I think the promotion would love to make a third fight as it would definitely be a money maker, but I don’t know if it will be next for the Champ. In the seven rounds that the pair have faced off against each other Nunes has won six of them, making one think with how lopsided the fight was, is it really needed as there’s other fighters in the division that deserve a crack at 135. So I think that rematch will happen again but not right away.

Fans would love to see a matchup with Valentina Shevchenko. Since their last meeting Shevchenko has gone on a crazy title reign at 125 where she’s literally cleaned out the division much like the way Nunes did at 135 and 145. Shevchenko is 0-2 in her matchups with Amanda Nunes, but they both have run out of people to fight so it would make sense that Dana White would make this fight as it would make money and when two champions fight its something very special the fans would love to see.

Could a matchup at 145 be in the cards for Amanda Nunes. The division has a handful of fighters left on the roster. It seems like it’d be interesting to bring back the division with a new season of the Ultimate fighter where the winner takes on Amanda at the end of the season. White’s done odder things with the series, including adding divisions to the biggest MMA promotion naming champions, this would make sense to fans as they’re probably dying for another season of the Show as it just wrapped its latest season where Nunes coincidentally was a head coach of one of the teams.

These are some possibilities or ideas that would definitely work for the two division champ. 

What’s Next For Valentina Shevchenko After UFC 275

Valentina Shevchenko stepped into the UFC Octagon at UFC 275 and everyone thought this would be a typical Shevchenko title defense where Shevchenko would show how she is the most dominant Flyweight in MMA history. But to everyone’s surprise Taila Santos gave Shevchenko a very big challenge, one that Shevchenko rose above in the end but it was very close with one judge even scoring it for Santos. We decided to look ahead at what should be next for Shevchenko.  

One obvious fight to make is a rematch with Santos. That fight was a great fight, and once Santos recovers from that broken orbital we think that she should face off against Shevchenko in an immediate rematch as Shevchenko has cleared out that division and it looks like no-one in that division is of the same caliber as the Bullet. If Shevchenko doesn’t move up I think it’s imperative that we see this fight run back sometime in 2023, but Shevchenko might want to be more active than that. 

The Obvious other matchup in the Flyweight division is a rematch with Katlyn Chookagian. since their last matchup at UFC 247 before the Pandemic, Chookagian has put together a 5-1 record with a four fight win streak. Chookagian was supposed to face Manon Fiorot at UFC Paris, but has since pulled out of that matchup. We think the number one Flyweight contender would be a good matchup fans would like to see.

The real matchup fans would like to see is Shevchenko vs. the winner of the Julianna Peña vs Amanda Nunes Bantamweight title bout at UFC 277.   Shevchenko’s only losses in her MMA career were against Amanda Nunes. I think that fans would like to see these two fight again even though Shevchenko lost both bouts. This would be a good fight if Nunes wins her bout and her belt back after she faces Peña. If Peña wins against Nunes again this sets up an interesting situation. Shevchenko won her bout against Peña in January of 2017. She’d be a heavy favorite if she went up and challenged Peña for the Bantamweight belt. Both these fights would make Shevchenko a two division champion which we’d love to see.

These matchups make sense for Shevchenko in our eyes. We can’t wait to see her in the cage again very soon.

Fighter Profile: Katlyn Chookagian

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Katlyn Chookagian fought her way to her tenth win in the UFC when she fought Jennifer Maia on the 15th of January. She now holds a 10-4 record in The UFC and an overall record of 17-4 and she is now a free agent. Chookagian who fought for the UFC Flyweight title is currently ranked second in the division, which leads many to ask why Chookagian hasn’t been re-signed. Many think it’s because when she wins she almost always wins by decision, but she does keep winning so what’s the hold up? We’re going to look at how Chookagaian got to this point because we enjoy watching her fight.

Chookagian was born December 28, 1988 in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. She would start her journey into martial arts at age 4 when she started taking Karate. She’d attend Quakertown Community Senior High School and would graduate. Chookagian would go on to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University where she would earn her degree in Business Management and Marketing. Chookagian Would work odd jobs including being a bartender before turning her sites on MMA first as an armature in 2012 and then turning pro in 2014. She currently holds a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Renzo Gracie.

Chookagian made her pro MMA debut in June of 2014 when she would face off against  Rebecca Heintzman for Cage Fury FC. She would win via unanimous decision. She’d then face Brigitte Narcisse for the World Series of Fighting Promotion she would win by Knockout (Knees.) She’d then fight Linn Wennergren PMMAL Hungarian Fight Championship 9, she’d secure the win by Unanimous Decision.  She’d then face Melinda Fábián for the same promotion winning by Submission (Armbar.)  Sijara Eubanks would be her next opponent Chookagian would beat her by Unanimous decision. Eubanks would later Corner for Chookagian in her later fights. She’d win her next two fights including championship bouts for the Cage Fury Flyweight title and Bantamweight title. She’d then get the call to fight for the UFC.

Chookagian made her UFC debut against Lauren Murphy in July of 2016 She’d win by unanimous decision. She’d then face Liz Carmouche losing by split decision, her first loss in her career. She’d then win her next three fights against Irene Aldana, Mara Romero Borella, and Alexis Davis. She’d then face Jessica Eye losing by Split Decision. She’d then score victories against Joanne Calderwood and Jennifer Maia earning her a title fight against women’s Flyweight GOAT Valentina Schevchenko, Schevchenko would win the fight by TKO (Elbows and Punches) in the third round. She’d then face Schevchenko’s sister Antonina winning by Unanimous decision. She’d then drop a fight to  Jéssica Andrade. She’d Win her next three fights against Cynthia Calvillo, Viviane Araújo, and Jennifer Maia.

Currently Chookagian is a free agent and no one knows who she’ll be facing next or in what promotion. We hope to see her in the Octagon soon.

Movie Review: Bruised

Video: UFC champ Valentina Shevchenko battles Halle Berry in first trailer  for new MMA film 'Bruised' - MMA Fighting
Berry and Schevchenko Face Off. Image Via Netflix Film ‘Bruised’

Last week Netflix released Halle Berry’s directorial debut, “Bruised.” Berry, who also starred in the film, took on the hard task of bringing the world of MMA to the streaming world, and she didn’t disappoint. She took a story about cage fighting and brought it to the world that might not be receptive to it. Don’t forget many politicians tried to ban our sport, so the more mainstream MMA can get, the better. 

In the film Berry played Jackie Justice, an aging former MMA fighter who stepped away from the fight game and the UFC to pursue other things after running out of the cage. Justice who now has reunited with her son that she gave up custody of at birth sees fighting as her only option to provide for her son. So Justice decides to take up fighting again, first in unsanctioned street fights, but then in Invicta the real life all female promotion.

In the film Berry stars alongside real life UFC Champion, Valentina Schevchenko who plays fellow MMA fighter, Lady Killer. It should be known that this was Schevchenko’s acting debut. Berry said this  of co-staring with Schevchenko in an interview with Jimmy Fallon “In this movie, I was fighting the real UFC flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko. And you know what? She had to throw some real kicks, and I had to really take them, and that really broke some bones.” Schevchenko did a great job in their fight scene.

Berry did a good job of going into the world of MMA from training boxing, to practicing grappling. Berry also did a great job covering the hard parts of fighting like the weight cutting. Berry really did a great job of this. Overall I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t an amazing film like a movie directed by Martin Scorsese, but it did a good job taking a dive into the MMA world.

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FIGHTER PROFILE: HOLLY HOLM

Holly Holm

Holly Holm is one of MMA’s biggest stars who’s faced some of the biggest names in the sport. Holm who started off as a boxer and transitioned to MMA has produced some of the sports wildest moments including an upset victory against Ronda Rousey. Holm is always training and even at forty is producing some great fights and is second in the UFC Women’s Bantamweight division, an impressive feat for any athlete especially in a sport whose athletes have a short shelf life.

Holm was born on October 17, 1981 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her father is a Church of Christ preacher and her mother is a massage therapist. Her parents divorced when Holm was in High School. Holm always was an athlete; she competed in gymnastics, swimming and diving. Holm also played soccer when she was younger. When Holm was 16 she was taking an aerobics class and her cardio kickboxing teacher Mike Winkeljohn noticed her abilities and encouraged her to train, which Holm did and was a natural. 


Holm would win the International Rules Adult Women’s Welterweight Division championship at the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) USA National Amateur Championship Tournament. Holm would finish her amateur kickboxing record career with a 6–0–2 record. Holm would then go on to start a professional boxing career. Holm held several boxing world titles and is considered to be one of the best female boxers of all time. Holm finished her boxing career in 2013 while fighting MMA at the same time.


Holm started her MMA career in 2011 when she beat Christina Domke by TKO (leg kicks.) for the Fresquez Productions promotion which was owned by her Boxing Promoter, Lenny Fresquez. From there Holm Would move on to Bellator and then Legacy FC before signing with The UFC. Her first fight in the UFC would be against Raquel Pennington, Holm would win via a split decision. From there she’d face Marion Reneau in July of 2015 she’d win by unanimous decision. Holm would then go on to face Ronda Rousey for the Bantamweight title she’d win by KO (head kick and punches.) In her next fight she’d lose the title to Miesha Tate.

Since losing her title Holm has gone on to face some of the toughest names in the Bantamweight and Featherweight divisions including tough loses to Cris Cyborg, Amanda Nunes, and Valentina Schevchenko. She is a great fighter and is currently ranked second in the Bantamweight division and sixth in the women’s pound-for-pound rankings and is riding a two fight win streak with victories against Raquel Pennington and Irene Aldana.

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Halle Berry And UFC Champion Valentina Schevchenko Star In MMA Movie ‘Bruised’

Video: UFC champ Valentina Shevchenko battles Halle Berry in first trailer  for new MMA film 'Bruised' - MMA Fighting
Berry and Schevchenko Face Off. Image Via Netflix Film ‘Bruised’

Halle Berry was seen at the weigh-ins prior to UFC 268 in New York City. Later that weekend she was seen strapping the belt on defending Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas. This led many to wonder why Berry was at these events. It turns out she was there to promote her film, Bruised, which will be her directorial debut. Berry will also star in the film which will be exclusively on Netflix starting on Wednesday November 24th.

In the film Berry will play Jackie Justice, an aging former MMA fighter who stepped away from the fight game and the UFC to pursue other things. Justice who now has reunited with her son that she gave up for adoption at birth sees fighting as her only option to provide for her son. So Justice decides to take up fighting again, first in unsanctioned street fights, but then in Invicta the real life all female promotion.

In the film Berry stars alongside real life UFC Champion, Valentina Schevchenko who plays fellow MMA fighter, Lady Killer. It should be known that this will be Schevchenko’s acting debut. Berry said this  of costaring with Schevchenko in an interview with Jimmy Fallon “In this movie, I was fighting the real UFC flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko. And you know what? She had to throw some real kicks, and I had to really take them, and that really broke some bones.”  

Berry had high praise for Schevchenko’s ability to make her fight seem real “She’s a beast, but I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher, a better scene mate, a better fight partner. She just brought so much reality to it for me. At times, I felt like I was really fighting. Like, our referee that was in the movie is a real referee, and he says a couple times, ‘Man, I thought I was watching a real fight’ because she brought so much power and authenticity to our fight scenes.”

It should be noted the production of the film did cause a shake up in the MMA world. Cat Zingano was supposed to star in the film, and even took some time away from the UFC to star in the film, this time away from the UFC allegedly caused Zingano to get cut from the promotion. At the time Zingano was on a four fight skid which would cause most fighters to be cut from the promotion anyway. Zingano then ended up signing with Bellator. After Zingano got cut from the UFC Berry would not let Zingano act in the film because she was not a star in the biggest MMA promotion in the world. Zingano and Berry are fighting legally now.

We will be reviewing the film once it hits NETFLIX on the 24th of November. Till then watch the trailer below. 

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What’s next for Valentina Schevchenko?

Valentina Shevchenko (red gloves) fights Liz Carmouche (blue gloves).
Valentina Shevchenko lands a punch on Liz Carmouche. Photo coutesy of Jason Da Silva USA Today Sports

When not putting on amazing performances in the UFC Octagon Valentina Schevchenko has many hobbies including dancing, shooting, and mastering new languages. Schevchenko appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience MMA show last Friday on Spotify. Rogan and Schevchenko’s conversation was very in depth and covered a variety of topics including her training and other aspects that make her tick and contribute to her dominance over the UFC’s Women’s Flyweight division a division Schevchenko has held the title in for three years with six title defenses.

Rogan asked Schevchenko pretty much point blank what was next for her and a possible rematch with Amanda Nunes, a fighter she fought and lost twice before at Bantamweight. Which makes one question what is next for Schevchenko as she’s cleared out her Flyweight division? Is there anyone left for the Bullet? Would a Super fight with Amanda Nunes be worth it for her and the promotion even though Nunes has beat her in their two meetings? The Nunes question is easily answered because not only do UFC fans want to see it happen, but it seems like the second fight between the two fighters was closer than people think which would warrant a rematch. The only person in the MMA world that doesn’t want to see it is Chael Sonnen.

Schevchenko faced Lauren Murphy at UFC 266 in September. She put on a dominant performance against Murphy winning by TKO in the fourth round. Schevchenko outclassed Murphy and has been doing that to every fighter she’s faced. When she faced Jéssica Andrade people wondered how her ground game would hold up and she outgrappled Andrade. Schevchenko is a wrecking machine and it seems like there’s no one left that has an answer to the puzzle on how to beat her much the way Nunes is in the Bantamweight division. 

If Schevchenko stayed in the Flyweight division there are two rematches that I think make sense the first would be against Katlyn Chookagian.  Chookagian is currently ranked second in the Flyweight Division.  Chookagian is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and it would make for a great fight. Plus fans love a striker vs. grappler matchup. The rematch that would also make sense is a fight with number one ranked Flyweight Jessica Andrade.  Andrade is coming off a win against Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 266. This matchup again would be a striker vs grappler matchup with Andrade holding a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. But the tricky thing about Schevchenko is that she can finish someone on the ground too with seven of her 22 wins coming by way of submission.

No matter who is next for Schevchenko, everyone will be watching. Schevchenko is hoping that she will remain champion, and maybe a two Division Champion much like Nunes. We will see how it plays out.

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FIGHTER PROFILE: LAUREN MURPHY

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On Saturday Lauren Murphy will be making her return to The UFC Octagon. She will be facing Valentina Schevchenko who unlike Murphy, has been a lifelong martial artist. But Murphy may have what it takes to defeat Schevchenko and is a testament to what one can achieve when they put in a whole lot of hard work and dedication. Murphy has made a career out of proving people wrong, and putting in a lot of hard work, and Murphy has clawed her way back for a title shot which she definitely deserves. 

Murphy was born in Anchorage, Alaska on July 27, 1983. When Murphy was 11 her father was killed in a plane crash which caused a major upheaval in Murphy’s life. She began drinking at this young age and this led to other problems in her life including drug use. She would end up dropping out of high school.She’d go on to give birth to her son.

Murphy’s drinking would get to the point that her family didn’t want to associate with her. In 2009 Murphy’s life changed for the better, as she took her son to a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. She decided to take a class also to encourage her son to keep taking the class, and she fell in love with the sport and started training regularly.  She’d eventually start training MMA a short while later.

Murphy would take her first MMA bout six months into her martial arts career skipping the amateur step of her career completely. This would pay dividends because she’d win her first four fights leading to her first title Alaska Cage Fighting Featherweight championship. From there Murphy would move on to bantamweight where she’d fight her next four fights eventually capturing the Invicta Bantamweight Championship belt.

In 2014 Murphy joined the UFC roster. She made her debut on August 16, 2014 in Bangor, Maine. Unfortunately for Murphy she’d lose the bout and she’d go on to lose her second bout to Liz Carmouche. Murphy would get her first win in the promotion against Kelly Faszholz on February 21, 2016 by TKO in round three. Murphy then faced Katlyn Chookagian and unfortunately she would lose this bout too. It was her only third loss of her career

She would say of her early UFC career; “I felt like I was still a little bit in over my head and like I was still the new kid on the block,” she said. “I had only trained for four years when I got into the UFC. It wasn’t like I had been around the game for ten years-plus or had a wrestling background, boxing fights or judo tournaments. I didn’t have any of that. I trained MMA for four years when I walked in and fought an Olympian (Sara McMann). So a big part of me felt like I didn’t belong there quite yet. And it was hard to shake. It took my brain a while to catch up where I was at.”

Murphy would go back to the promotion when she competed on The Ultimate Fighter 26 where she fought to become the 125 pound champion. She’d make her return to the UFC Octagon for The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion Finale where she was an alternate and fought Barb Honchak. Murphy would go on to win that fight and would go on to win 5 of her next six fights which gave her a shot at the women’s Flyweight title.

Murphy is currently ranked third in the UFC’s Women’s Flyweight division. Murphy will face Women’s Flyweight champion Valentina Schevchenko on Saturday September 25th and it’s sure to be a great fight. Murphy proves that with hard work anyone can turn their life around. 

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