The UFC is an ever-changing landscape, with things changing on a weekly basis revolving around the weight classes.
It has been a big year for the UFC in 2020, as they have shown the world how to continue to host events during the pandemic, but already fight fans are counting down the days until they are able to attend a UFC event again.
Counting on that, which fights are they most likely to see next year when, hopefully, fans will be admitted back into arenas again?
Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje
It always looked as though a re-match between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje was going to be a likely scenario, but the recent retirement of Khabib now means that it is almost a certainty.
There is no lightweight champion in the UFC following the Russians retirement, which means that a title fight could be on the cards between Ferguson and Gaethje. Ferguson will still need to overcome a stern challenge this weekend as he comes up against Charles Oliveira, but should he win that fight, then we expect the re-match to be book with raised stakes.
Gaethje shocked MMA fans around the world earlier this year by defeating Ferguson and earning a shot at Khabib, and since then Ferguson has been urging for a re-match between the pair.
The initial fight was a huge event, but a re-match between the stars could possibly be the biggest fight that UFC can make in 2021.
Alexander Volkanovski vs Henry Cejudo
When Henry Cejudo announced his retirement from MMA in May this year there was huge disappointment. Fans were surprised to see him announce his retirement as they believed that he could continue to fight at the highest level.
We have been hearing constant rumours that the retirement will not last, and it could take an interesting fight with mega-money for the former flyweight champion to return to the octagon.
There may not be many bigger fights for Cejudo than a fight against the current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.
The Australian has an excellent record as a professional, as he has lost just once, with that defeat coming back in 2013 during his days in the Australian Fighting Championship. However, since moving to the UFC, his record is impressive, as he has won all nine bouts that he has been involved in. He won the featherweight title from Max Holloway in December last year, before he successfully regained the gold in a controversial split decision victory.
Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou
There could be another re-match set for next year in the form of Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou. The two MMA stars last fought in January 2018, before Miocic went on to beat Daniel Cormier twice in their prestigious trilogy fights.
The most recent of those came in August this year, as Miocic successfully defended the heavyweight championship via decision in Cormier’s last fight. That win brought down a curtain on their rivalry for the title, but that could bring fresh challenges for the current champion next year.
Ngannou is still the second-best heavyweight according to the rankings, which means that the current champion may be faced with defending his title against the same opponent one again.
Since that defeat, Ngannou has won four of his five fights, which includes a win in the first round against former heavyweight champion Cain Valasquez.
All four victories have come by KO in the opening round, and he has won the Performance of the Night accolade in three of the four fights.
Here you have our top 3 predictions for UFC fights in 2021. If you want to take your guess, check out the current MMA odds and see who is coming as favorite: https://extra.betamerica.com/mma/odds/