5 UFC Fights to Look for in 2021

Published 01/05/2021, 12:57 AM EST

UFC will have to live up to some high expectations in 2021 after the promotion’s impeccable showing, even during a global pandemic. The year kicks off with some high-profile bouts with Conor McGregor set to headline the first pay-per-view of 2021. There are more fights that fans want to see this year. Here we take a look at five such dream bouts.


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1. Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou 2

Francis Ngannou has proved himself deserving of another title shot with his run in the heavyweight division. Champion Stipe Miocic dominated ‘The Predator‘ in their first contest at UFC 220.


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But with a much improved Ngannou, who has developed a lethal finishing style, the rematch has to happen in 2021. It will be interesting to see how the fight goes this time around.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (L-R) Opponents Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou of Cameroon face-off prior to their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

2. Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal

The fight between the two former best friends has long been in the making now. With the two welterweights eyeing another shot at the title, this fight is a must-do for 2021.

UFC President Dana White also hinted recently that the promotion is working on getting the fight booked. Given Covington and Masvidal‘s willingness to fight each other, it only seems a matter of time before they finally face-off.


3. Khamzat Chimaev vs Leon Edwards

The welterweight clash between top contenders, Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards, has now fallen apart twice. But it seems like the UFC has no plans to scrap the bout yet and wants to reschedule it at a convenient date. Fans will look forward to seeing how Chimaev copes against a seasoned top contender like Edwards in his first true test inside the Octagon.

4. Jon Jones’ debut at heavyweight

Jon Jones is set to make his much anticipated heavyweight debut in 2021. ‘Bones’ will get a title shot straight away once he is ready for his new venture.

It seems likely that the eventual winner of Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou will be Jones’ first fight in the new weight class. Both fights promise to be exciting in different ways. Nevertheless, fans can’t wait to see the former light-heavyweight king at heavyweight.

INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Jon Jones looks on during a Light Heavyweight title bout against Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018, in Inglewood, California. Jones defeated Gustafsson by KO. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

5. Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is moving up to light-heavyweight as he is set to fight Jan Blachowicz for the belt at UFC 259 in March. ‘Stylebender’ has established his dominance at the 185 lbs division and it will be fascinating to see how he copes against a much bigger fighter like Blachowicz.


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This fight is also high up in every fan’s wishlist for sure.


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Which other fight makes your list for the top five fights to look forward to in 2021? Let us know.


Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.