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.
This is a fight that many people want to see right now, but there are some conditions I need met before I want to see Kamaru Usman defend his welterweight championship against Khamzat Chimaev.
The Swedish fighter has taken the UFC by storm, smashing through 2020 before making a return in 2021 after suffering with COVID-19 to absolutely obliterate Li Jingliang at UFC 267 in the first round.
It was supposed to be his biggest test to date, and yet once again he went the whole round without absorbing a single strike meaning he now has more finish victories in the UFC than times he’s been hit.
Obviously this has seen him receive a major push in the organisation, and his social media popularity has shot through the roof due to the fact that he is quite literally willing to fight anyone and everyone at any time.
But at the top of his 170-pound division is the man who is without a doubt the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC today.
Usman extended his unbeaten UFC run to 13 with three more wins in 2021 as he stopped Gilbert Burns at UFC 258, Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 with one of the knockouts of the year before another five-round war with Colby Covington at UFC 268.
We’re now at a stage where Usman has fought and beaten all the contenders at welterweight, which makes this fight perfect.
Despite that though, there are a few things I’d like to see happen first.
Firstly, Leon Edwards needs to get his title shot. An 11-fight unbeaten run deserves an opportunity and he has beaten plenty of top contenders along the way so deserves his chance.
Also though, Chimaev needs to take on some more top competition. The win over Jingliang was the first victory over a ranked opponent in his run so far and he isn’t even in the top ten currently.
There are several fighters he could face off against between now and a title shot, but in reality it’s hard to see anyone until the absolute elites get in there with him that can stop him.
I’d like to see Chimaev face a top ten opponent and then a top five opponent before getting a possible title shot, but I will be rooting for him to get those victories just to set this fight up.
Both guys have got elite grappling and wrestling skills, while Usman’s improved striking has been on display for the entirety of 2021. It’s forgotten among many that Chimaev is actually a very credible striker in his own right, which makes this fight even more exciting.
What happens when the unstoppable force meets the immovable object? Lets find out in 2022.
Make it happen, Uncle Dana!