Five UFC Fights to Make in 2017
With 2016 all wrapped up its time for the UFC to look towards a new year of match-ups and PPV main events. Here are five fights I think would either rake in tons of money or give the fans the best show possible.
- Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
No one has been calling out McGregor more than lightweight title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, unfortunately for him McGregor already had plans to take some time off after winning his second belt in order to spend time with his pregnant wife. Khabib will have to beat Tony Ferguson in order to secure his title shot with McGregor. While Ferguson is no slouch, I see Khabib getting through him. The fans will watch any McGregor fight, and Khabib is raking in an untapped Russian market which can lead to massive PPV numbers and ticket sales. From a match-up perspective Khabib is a nightmare, he rag-dolls his opponents; tosses them around and keeps them from getting up while beating them down. In order for McGregor to keep his belt and his status as Champion of Champions he absolutely must keep the fight on the feet.
- Robbie Lawler vs Nick Diaz
Nick Diaz is finally off from his suspension and he’s looking for a big money fight. He certainly doesn’t deserve a title fight so the UFC needs to find a great fighter that will generate a lot of interest. Robbie Lawler is coming off of a loss to Tyron Woodley, and looking to make big fights before he hangs up the gloves. This rematch has been a long time in the making. If the UFC wants to make Nick Diaz earn his paycheck, stick him in there with Lawler and watch the fireworks. Make this a main event, because both fighters can go for five rounds and the fans deserve 25 minutes of what could be a fight of the year.
- Cody Garbrandt vs TJ Dillashaw
Both put on a show at UFC 209 and Garbrandt even called out Dillashaw after winning the title, pretty clear cut choice for a match up. If the UFC give Cruz an immediate rematch against Garbrandt they’re wasting everyone’s time, especially after we saw Garbrandt clown and toy with the former champ. As far as match-ups go, both of these fighters hit hard, move fast and are looking to finish the fight early. Their styles match-up perfectly to deliver a barn burner.
- Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson
They fought once and it went five rounds ending in a majority tie, with Woodley retaining his belt. Normally, I’m against immediate rematches but when the first fight was so good and literally ended in a tie you have to make the call. I think Woodley will finish the fight this time, he saw the Thompsons speed wasn’t as cracked up as people made it. Perhaps Thompson will have a better game plan and utilize his range. Regardless, we’re treated to a great match-up between masterful fighters.
- Demetrious Johnson vs Dominick Cruz
With no challengers left in his division Demetrious Johnson sits at the top of the pound-for-pound rankings waiting for someone to come to him. Cruz lost his belt but perhaps he would be interested in a catch-weight super fight with Johnson. This fight gives Johnson the opportunity to avenge his last loss. The fight would pit perhaps the UFC’s two most technical fighters against each other in what would be the ultimate chess match. While it doesn’t hold the most promise in terms of casual fan appeal, it would be a technical splendor for hardcore fight fans.
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