This is Dan Bakley bringing you his daily dose of sports and today I hit you with my MMA knowledge (See what I did there)?!?!! With the summer of 2020 approaching and a lot of uncertainty around fight cards and where to hold them now is a good time to look at 5 UFC fights that Dana White needs to book.
Francis Ngannou vs Daniel Cormier
With Stipe Miocic not fighting until the pandemic ends, we will need to see a heavyweight interim title fight. What better fight to book then Cormier vs Ngannou. Cormier is open to a fight like this since he’s been waiting for his trilogy fight with Stipe since February. Cormier is on a 2 fight losing streak which showcased his low stamina. Lately, Ngannou has gotten in better shape and has demolished his competition in easy fashion. This would be a matchup of knockout power vs wrestling. This division needs a big fight for the interim title and this fight meets that need.
Jorge Masvidal vs Kamaru Usman
After beating Colby Covington back in 2019 we haven’t heard about a potential fight for Usman. I think everyone would agree that his next fight should be against Jorge Masvidal. What a fight that would be with both having knockout power and the aggression to flip the script on their fight style. Each is on a winning streak and if you are a fan of a barnstormer type of fight then this fight needs to be booked.
Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk 2
Arguably the best fight of the year and one that everyone can agree was great to watch. This sequel needs to happen and needs to happen soon. Their first fight went the distance and Zhang won by decision. But knowing how she fought the first time Joanna could change her strategy and get revenge. However, it’s likely that Zhang would be too much for her adversary again. After seeing Joannas face after their fight I can’t imagine her not wanting a rematch. These two are great for the business and another fight would bring in money for the UFC.
Justin Gaethje vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
After embarrassing Tony Ferguson last week in Jacksonville and taking the interim title, it essentially booked this fight. Khabib and Gaethje in a unification bout would tear the house down. With Khabib being inactive for quite a while and Gaethje showing his ability to win dominantly this fight’s winner could surprise people Gaethje has the perfect ground and pound game to counter Khabib. Vegas will have Khabib as the early favorite in their fight but don’t be surprised if he comes into the fight rusty and Gaethje takes it to him early. Too bad we will never know how the Khabib vs Ferguson fight would have ended had it finally happened.
Jon Jones vs Dominick Reyes 2
These two took their first fight to the distance and even though the judges awarded it to Jones there were a lot of people who felt Reyes won the fight. Fans have been clamoring for a rematch ever since. I could see Bones trying to fight Adesanya or Ngannou but the logical choice first is to fight Reyes again and try to fix the cloud around the first fight. Reyes took it to Jones early and then Jones returned the favor later. Jones couldn’t get into a rhythm with Reyes pace so if this rematch is booked it would be interesting to see how each fighter would prepare the second time around. One thing to keep an eye on is when Jones will be able to fight and how his distractions will affect his training .
All in all, I want UFC to start booking some star-studded fights and the best way to do that is to schedule title fights with big names. What are your thoughts on my 5 UFC fights that Dana White needs to book?
I Would also like to wish UFC future Hall of Famer GSP a Happy Birthday!