2019 has been a great year for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) which is the biggest Mixed Martial Arts Organisation in the world. UFC put up some of the best fights across different weight categories.
With the final PPV card of the year i.e UFC 245, which is also one of the most stacked cards of the year taking place this weekend at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, MMA fans are already excited for 2020 as some of the sports biggest stars like Conor McGregor, Jon Jones, Khabib Nurmagomedov already have their fights scheduled.
However, even though UFC has announced some very exciting fights for 2020, there are many more probable big fights that UFC could potentially book and get the fans excited for the year ahead.
#1 Daniel Cormier vs Stipe Miocic 3
Daniel Cormier lost his UFC heavyweight title in his rematch against Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 in August earlier this year. It was an entertaining fight, which Cormier was winning for the most part and was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards, However, Stipe adjusted his game plan, dug into Cormier’s body and later followed it up with hard right hand over the top which dropped Cormier, before swarming him and forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight. Cormier had won the heavyweight title back in 2018 when he knocked out Stipe Miocic in the first round.
With both fighters currently tied, fans are calling for a trilogy and Cormier in a recent interview with MMA Junkie confirmed that they’re looking for a trilogy fight in June and that the ball is in Miocic’s court to sign the deal.
“I’m ready to go, but he’s the champ. He’s the champ, he makes the rules. So I’m on standby and I’m waiting to see when this guy says that we’re going to fight. When he does, I’ll be prepared. I’ll be ready – even more prepared than the last time because I feel I can prepare better from the very start right now.”
#2 Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa/Yoel Romero
Israel Adesanya became the UFC middleweight champion at UFC 243 in October when he knocked out Robert Whittaker at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. It took the Kiwi only two round to stop Whittaker. With this win, Adesanya was supposed to fight the No.1 contender Paulo Costa. But the Brazilian had to undergo an arm surgery which will keep him out of the Octagon for at least eight months. In the meantime, Adesanya has expressed interest in fighting former two-time title challenger and No. 3 ranked middleweight Yoel Romero. Both sides have exchanged trash talk on social media as well.
It’s unclear as to who Adesanya will fight next. But fans will be happy with Adesanya fighting the either of them.
#3 Jon Jones vs Corey Anderson
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is all set to fight Dominick Reyes at UFC 247, which will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston Texas on February 8.
Although the champ already has a fight scheduled against the top contender in Reyes, who is still undefeated inside the Octagon, he is the betting favourite amongst the bookmakers and it’s highly likely will get past Reyes. The fans who are interested in checking out MMA odds for this fight can do so here.
His next potential fight could be against Corey Anderson who also is scheduled to fight against Jan Balchowicz at UFC Fight Night event in February in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. It should be a close fight and Anderson is the betting favourite as things stand. If Anderson gets past Blachowicz, it’s highly likely that he will fight Jones next.
Anderson has previously called out Jones before and both fighters have traded shots at each other on social media as well.
#4 Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson is arguably the best fight in the lightweight division currently. Although UFC hasn’t officially announced it, both fighters have signed the contract to fight each other at UFC 249, which is set to place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Tony Ferguson is riding on a 12-fight winning streak in the UFC and he is undefeated since 2013, with his sole loss coming to Michael Johnson at UFC on Fox 3. On the other hand, Khabib is undefeated inside the cage and is also on a 12-fight winning streak in the UFC. He defeated Dustin Poirier in his last fight at UFC 242 via submission in the fourth round.