Five Fan-Favorite Fights the UFC Has to Book in 2022

Published 01/02/2022, 1:21 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 13: A general view of a UFC championship belt prior to the UFC 247 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on December 13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


2021 is firmly sitting in the rearview mirror as the world welcomes 2022 with a promise of bigger and better things. UFC seemed to have struggled a bit in reeling in fans in the area, but it was finally made possible in the past year. The promotion has stated that 2021 was indeed one of its biggest years and things are only about to get better. The organization has tackled all the major problems and, finally, fans can expect to witness all major fights from the get-go.

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Moving past the problem of selling tickets, there are certain fights that need to happen this year. Fans have been clamoring for them ever since the final card of 2021 took place a couple of weeks ago. The past couple of years have been tough on the organization, but now that fans are back in the area, it is time for Dana White and his team to organize the biggest matches.

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5 Fights UFC needs to book to make 2022 its most lucrative year

The heavyweight clash between interim champion Ciryl Gane and world champion Francis Ngannou is set to kickstart the year. Although there is still room for a more enticing fight in the division.

Jon Jones vs Francis Ngannou

It is no surprise that the former light heavyweight kingpin Jon ‘Bones Jones has set its sight on heavyweight gold. The 34-year-old mixed martial artist has promised to make his debut in the division soon. Back in 2020, he vacated his title in order to bulk up and prepare himself for bigger challenges. A fight with the reigning heavyweight world champion, Francis would make perfect sense in 2022, something UFC should definitely look into.

 Jorge Masvidal vs Colby Covington

UFC doesn’t have a feud in the promotion that has greater legitimacy than this. The two welterweight contenders share a great backstory and many years of friendship. Sadly, their bond has failed to stand the test of time as the duo has turned against one another, and Colby has called his former teammate out multiple times. Both fighters have fought for the title twice and have failed in their campaign, and this is the only fight that makes sense.

Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz 3

Back in 2017, Nate became the first man to ever hand a loss to the Irish superstar inside the UFC’s octagon. Conor’s quest to become the champion came to fruition in the same year, but he left behind an unsettled feud that never concluded. Conor lost the first fight via submission and in the second, he secured a split decision win. This entailed a third and final rubber match, which hasn’t happened in the last 5 years, and it should definitely take place in 2022.

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Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko 3

Everyone knows the state of the women’s bantamweight division, which makes this fight nearly impossible to happen. Nunes has dropped her title to Julianna Pena, which will call for a rematch. Even if the lioness manages to reclaim her gold, she will have to settle the feud with a rubber match. However, fans have been calling for a third fight between flyweight queen Valentina against Nunes since a long time. It is being said that Valentina won the second fight.

Jose Aldo vs Petr Yan 2

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This fight has fireworks written all over it and Petr has already cemented himself as the best in the division. A mishap in his bout against Aljamain Sterling cost him his title, but he has climbed the ranks again. Meanwhile. Aldo has stitched together an impressive win-streak and has become a serious name in the division.

His first attempt to capture the bantamweight gold was foiled by Petr and their rematch needs to happen in 2022. Petr has to go through Sterling first, while Aldo needs another key win to stake his name as the next number one contender. This is a fan-favorite match-up that needs to happen.

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Unquestionably, the hardcore fans would love to see the king of Rio retire from the sport of mixed martial art at a career-high by winning his second UFC title. 

What fight are you looking forward to the most? Is there another fight that you wish to see in 2022? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Ayank Chourasia

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Ayank Chourasia is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. He has been writing since 2016 across various fields, having done his BBA from T.I.

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