UFC Fighters Who Didn’t Compete in 2020

Published 12/15/2020, 10:43 PM EST
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica stands in his corner prior to facing Rafael Dos Anjos in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The UFC has been a major success in 2020. It has been one of the very few sports to have run successfully in the year of a pandemic. After the surge of COVID-19, UFC was the first promotion to commence events. Through ups and downs, the company has successfully managed to organize its fight cards, starting from UFC 249 in May.

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Since then, UFC has kept their schedule on point and has had regular fight cards to entertain the fans in this difficult period. It has been brilliant business on their part, hands down.

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The year 2020 has seen some breakout stars in Khamzat Chimaev, Kevin holland, Deiveson Figueiredo, and more. There have been the household superstars who have performed during the pandemic. Names that come to mind are: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Israel Adesanya, Tony Ferguson, Jorge Masvidal, and Amanda Nunes.

Also, Conor McGregor, Jon Jones, and other superstars have fought before the COVID scare. But, there have been some top fighters and superstars who haven’t competed even once during the year 2020. Who are they?

List of UFC fighters who haven’t competed this year

2020 started with the UFC 246 pay-per-view headlined by Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone. The year will end at the UFC Apex with the Stephen Thompson vs Geoff Neal fight card. Here we take a look at some notable names that have been away from the octagon the whole year.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz of the United States fights against Jorge Masvidal (not pictured) of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
  1. Zabit Magomedsharipov
  2. Leon Edwards
  3. Nate Diaz
  4. Yair Rodriguez
  5. Al Iaquinta
  6. Islam Makhachev
  7. Gregor Gillespie
  8. Brad Tavares
  9. Ryan Hall
  10. Misha Cirkunov
  11. Shamil Abdurakhimov
  12. Sergei Pavlovich
  13. Nina Ansaroff
  14. Kron Gracie

The absence of these stars hasn’t affected the prime MMA organization. Rather, the prominent depth of their roster has been showcased. But, it is evident fans want to see the missing ones back in their craft soon.

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Did you enjoy the UFC in 2020? Which superstar did you miss the most?

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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.

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