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Five fights MMA fans are eagerly waiting for in 2021

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UFC even in this pandemic world has not stopped putting in mega-events for their fans around the world.

It’s been a strange year, to say the least, but mixed martial arts has continued to flourish despite the restrictions the global pandemic has thrown up. The premier promoter of the sport, the UFC, has been seriously impacted like others and events have been taking place behind closed doors since March 2020. And the coming 2021 UFC has planned some big events already for their fans. But UFC supremo Dana White has been determined to keep the action going and has put on some truly memorable events this year. We are now gearing up for Conor McGregor’s comeback to the Octagon as the former two-weight champion gets set to take on Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 in January.

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But here are some fights that MMA fans are eagerly waiting to see.

Conor Mcgregor vs Dustin Poirier

Five fights MMA fans are eagerly waiting for in 2021 - MMA

UFC 257, of course, is headlined by the return of Conor McGregor as he meets Dustin Poirier in a rematch that will take place in the lightweight division this time. Fight Island was previously mentioned by Dana White as a likely location for UFC 257 and it appears there is now more confirmation of that.

Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier will clash with each other in a rematch at UFC 257 pay-per-view card on Jan 23. The duo first met way back in 2014, which saw McGregor knockout “The Diamond” in the very first round of at UFC 178 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Notorious hasn’t fought since January of this year when he defeated and dismantled Donald Cerrone inside the first round. Thanks to some new shoulder strike added to his arsenal, McGregor found it very easy to pick apart Cowboy, and left him reeling early on. After that rather remarkable comeback, he once again returned to his old tricks and retired from the sport, claiming nothing excited him about the company anymore, and all the fights that could be made weren’t for his liking.

Since their first meeting at UFC 178, Poirier Poirier (26-6 MMA, 18-5 UFC) has made 13 UFC appearances to McGregor’s eight. The lack of activity on McGregor’s part comes into a clearer view in recent years, with Poirier making eight octagon appearances since 2017 while McGregor’s only fought three times. Poirier’s evolution through the years led to an eventual interim 155-pound championship win over Max Holloway in April 2019.

But it’s safe to say McGregor is looking ready for next month, and if he comes in with the attitude he had against Cerrone, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if he walks through Poirier.

Khamzat Chimaev Vs Leon Edwards

Five fights MMA fans are eagerly waiting for in 2021 - MMA

You can’t say that you are a fight fan and do not like Chimaev. Khamzat chimaev has been on a tear since he has started his journey in the UFC since the beginning of the fight island series.

After COVID-19 canceled their first scheduled meeting at UFC Vegas 17, Dana White plans to rebook Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev for a winter event in Abu Dhabi. An event set for Jan. 20 is targeted to host the pivotal welterweight matchup, White told TSN.

Edwards, who’s on an eight-fight winning streak, was forced to withdraw from the Dec. 19 bout with Chimaev due to a positive COVID-19 test after Chimaev was reportedly stricken with the same ailment but not ruled out of the competition.

Edwards campaigned aggressively for a title fight after beating ex-lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos at welterweight, and he was set to take on ex-welterweight champ Tyron Woodley when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Unable to come to terms on his next fight, Edwards was removed from the rankings and subsequently agreed to take on Chimaev, one of the most heavily hyped fighters in the promotion’s recent history.

Chimaev, who hails from Chechnya but was trained in Sweden at Allstar Training Center, has beaten three straight opponents in three months, including two in back-to-back weeks. After a first-round knockout of veteran Gerald Meerschaert, he was earmarked for a headlining fight against a top-ranked opponent. Initially, Demian Maia was pitched, but Edwards wound up taking the fight.

Khamzat Chimaev may be the most exciting prospect in the UFC today. Though he hasn’t headlined any event yet fans love him and are excited to see him fight against a well-rounded opponent like Edwards.

Jorge Masvidal vs Colby Covington

Five fights MMA fans are eagerly waiting for in 2021 - MMA

Freinds turned into Enemies is a storyline that has always attracted fans in the MMA world. Rivalries such as Tito Ortiz vs Chuck Liddell and Dillashaw vs Garbrant who use to train together but have turned into bitter enemies. This could not get any better when Jorge Masvidal will Face off against Colby Covington.

Earlier, UFC President Dana White revealed that the promotion is looking at Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz in a rematch for the symbolic “BMF” belt in early 2021. However, there’s an argument to be made that Jorge Masvidal vs Colby Covington makes more sense and is a bigger fight than the hugely anticipated “BMF” rematch.

While there’s a reason to believe that Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz is a financial success, there’s a far more compelling and intriguing rivalry in the form of Jorge Masvidal vs Colby Covington. Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington share a genuine hatred towards each other. Both the fighters have had their fair share of back and forth on social media, and continue to despise each other even after several years. Soon after his emphatic stoppage win over Tyron Woodley, Colby Covington called out Jorge Masvidal.

The storyline here will pique the interest of all fights fans. Colby Covington was someone who Masvidal took under his wing when he started in MMA. ‘Gamebred’ provided him with a home and helped him become a part of the American Top Team. However, the relationship between the two men soured according to Jorge when Colby refused to pay Paulino Hernandez following his win over Rafael dos Anjos. Hernandez has been a long time trainer and father figure to Jorge. His coach being ‘ripped off’ is something that did not sit right with ‘Gamebred’.

Gilbert Burns vs Kamaru Usman

Five fights MMA fans are eagerly waiting for in 2021 - MMA

The UFC welterweight title fight between champion Kamaru Usman and challenger Gilbert Burns was derailed in July. The news was verified by UFC president Dana White.

Both the fighters have an immaculate record to showcase (Usman: 17-1. Burns: 19-3), and the fight will pick up steam in the coming weeks/months. Usman and Burns were originally slated to meet at UFC 251 on July 11 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. That bout was derailed when Burns tested positive for COVID-19 before boarding a plane in Las Vegas to make the trip to Fight Island. The main event of 251, however, did go into motion with Jorge Masvidal. Masvidal, against all odds, made himself eligible to fight on 6 days’ notice but was unsuccessful in winning the title strap.

Following his confirmation that he’s tested negative for COVID-19 and is all in the clear, Gilbert Burns will be ready for his title shot. While Gilbert Burns’ name wasn’t brought up as much before, his win over former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley cemented his place as a top contender and it was enough for him to secure a title shot against reigning Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. The fight was then scheduled at UFC 256 but was scrapped again.

A welterweight title fight between champ Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns will not take place at UFC 256 as originally planned. Multiple people with knowledge of negotiations were told that the bout was never officially confirmed for the Dec. 12 pay-per-view event, though an early 2021 booking is possible. Burns is the No. 2-ranked challenger in the welterweight division behind Covington, who lost to Usman via TKO at UFC 245 in December 2019. The 34-year-old is riding a six-fight winning streak that put him in a position to challenge for the title.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs George St Pierre

Five fights MMA fans are eagerly waiting for in 2021 - MMA

You can’t be an MMA fan and not be waiting to see this one. Even though the chances are very low as both Khabib and GSP are retired from MMA. Khabib and GSP have openly flirted about the possible fight multiple times publicly.

St-Pierre vs. Nurmagomedov has long been talked about as a dream fight. While “Rush” and “The Eagle” have expressed interest in the fight, the UFC never made it happen. UFC President Dana White was hesitant in booking the bout due to a deal gone wrong once St-Pierre vacated the UFC Middleweight Championship in late 2017.

While the UFC boss later warmed up to the idea, Khabib announced his retirement following a second-round submission victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. White believes that Nurmagomedov will ultimately forgo retirement in an attempt to go 30-0 in his pro MMA career. St-Pierre, who hasn’t fought since beating Michael Bisping on Nov. 4, 2017, isn’t sure about dropping down to 155 pounds for the first time. He fought most of his career at 170 pounds.

With Nurmagomedov and St-Pierre at the front of every GOAT conversation, it makes sense that the two have been tied to a dream bout for the past couple of years, with both publicly expressing their interest in locking horns. According to St-Pierre, the negotiations never advanced to any official stages, and he’s at peace with the fact that the bout is likely to remain hypothetical.

Even though the odds are against this fight, still it interests a huge number of fans in the MMA world and would break records.

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