After the absolutely incredible fight year that was 2021, 2022 is promising to be bigger, better and badder than ever before in the UFC.
There will be title fights, shocking upsets, incredible wars and new rivalries created throughout the year, but there are some that already spilling over from this year.
With that, we’re going to name you ten fights that the UFC should make in 2022 at some point to give the fans the ultimate fight experience.
Two fighters who most UFC fans would say deserve a title around their waist at some point in their careers are Dustin Poirier and Leon Edwards.
Poirier has had two attempts and been submitted via rear-naked choke both times, while Edwards is yet to get his shot at the gold strap on the biggest stage of them all.
But with the way 2021 went for them both, they could well meet each other in a fight that nobody would have expected just a few months ago.
Poirier opened 2021 with a monumental knockout win over Conor McGregor at UFC 257, before he then capped the trilogy with yet another stoppage win over ‘Notorious’ at UFC 264.
It ended however at UFC 269 when he faced off against Charles Oliveira and suffered defeat, which made him publicly question his desire to return to the weight class in the future.
He did however react positively to a potential welterweight bout with Nate Diaz early in 2022, which got me thinking about how he’d do at 170-pounds.
In a division full of killers, Poirier’s skills stand up alongside anyone but would make for a brilliant fight against Edwards.
‘Rocky’ had a decent 2021, finally getting back into the octagon only for the fight with Belal Muhammad at UFC Vegas 21 to end in a no contest. He then followed that up with a highly impressive win over Nate Diaz at UFC 263, before a fight with Jorge Masvidal fell out at the end of the year.
The state of the welterweight division means that he is likely the next title challenger, but if Kamaru Usman is successful in retaining his title then a big bout between Poirier and Edwards could be the perfect remedy.
A win for Poirier over one of the top contenders in a new weight class puts him straight into contention for a title shot, while a win for Edwards against a name like Poirier puts him straight back into the mix too.
Stylistically, both fighters are expert strikers with a solid wrestling base and grappling skills too. It would be an all-action affair that could easily headline a card or feature on a pay-per-view too.
It would be an amazing fight between two guys who deserve their plaudits as the best in the world, but with a new weight class mixed in too there is added intrigue and drama for fans to enjoy.
Make it happen, Uncle Dana!
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