As the New Year starts, the UFC put up some amazing fights to start the year off. A triple header on Fight Island awaits the fans in a few weeks. After a month with no fights, MMA fans will be excited to see some live fights. We take a look at some of the fighters fighting this month and highlight a few unmissable ones.
Former featherweight champion Max Holloway lost his belt to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 245 in December 2019. He lost the rematch by split decision last July at UFC 251; albeit an extremely controversial decision.
This means that for the first time since 2013 « Blessed » lost two fights at a trot. Holloway has never lost three fights at a trot in his career and will try to keep it that way when he hits 16. January against Calvin Kattar.
Michael Chiesa and Neil Magny are eighth and eighth respectively in the UFC welterweight division. ninth place. The two men had a chance at the main event when Leon Edwards was canceled again against Khamzat Chimaev.
Chiesa has played a role since his climb to 170 pounds. « Maverick » is currently in a three-fight winning streak and has looked impressive in each of those victories. « Haitian Sensation », however, is also 3-0 in their last three fights. Both men want to make it 4-0 and get one step closer to a title shot.
This is probably the most anticipated fight of 2021. « The Notorious » returns to the octagon a year after his last fight. He competes against former rival Dustin Poirier; A man he hit within two minutes the last time they split an octagon.
A lot has changed seven years on, but the two men have remained two of the best not only in their respective divisions but at the UFC in general. A win brings McGregor 2-0 and closer to a title shot in his last two fights. It could spark a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Amanda Ribas made her UFC debut in 2019 and has been flawless ever since. The Brazilian fighter is 4-0 in the UFC and wins against well-known names such as Mackenzie Dern and Paige VanZant, among others.
She is currently ninth in the division and will face Marina Rodriguez in eighth place. A win brings them 5-0 in the UFC and brings them one step closer to a strawweight title shot.
Undefeated lightweight Ottman Azaitar has gotten a crack since signing with the UFC. « Bulldozer » is a fitting nickname for someone who has fought for less than four minutes in two UFC bouts.
The German achieved 77% of his victories over T / KO. He’s hoping to hold his own against a tough opponent in Matt Frevola at UFC 257.
Former Bellator Champion Michael Chandler signed with the UFC last year. His first job as a UFC fighter was to support Khabib against Gaethje. However, since both men made it into the bout without injuries, Chandler had to wait his turn to make his UFC debut.
Recent reports have confirmed that Chandler will make his UFC debut at UFC 257 against Dan Hooker. This is a great opportunity for Iron to compete against the best in the UFC. Hooker vs Chandler will be an exciting easy match.
Kevin Binoy is an MMA writer for EssentialSports. Kevin was inducted into the UFC by Ronda Rousey and has been following the sport for five years. Kevin also watches Formula 1 and follows exactly Charles Leclerc, George Russell and Max Verstappen in Formula 1
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