Fights the Fans Want to See in 2022

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2021 was, without a doubt, an amazing year for MMA and UFC fans all over the world. From great knockouts to amazing underdog stories, there was plenty worth tuning in for over the course of the year. Of course, with MMA, it can be hard to predict how an entire year will play out. There were probably few people who thought Glover Teixeira would have the light heavyweight belt at the end of the year, but here we are. 

What will the UFC be like in 12 months’ time? There is not much telling. However, that does not mean that there are not some fights that people are hoping for already. 2022 offers a lot of possibilities in terms of great matchups. But what are the main ones that people fantasize about at the moment? Here are some of the biggest fights that could take place in 2022 that fans want to see. 

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Tony Ferguson Vs. Nate Diaz 

It is not too often that a fight can have no belt on the line, no contender status behind it, or no bad blood, and still get fans excited. The idea of Tony Ferguson vs. Nate Diaz would get any MMA fan excited. To amazing fighters who are durable, entertaining, and love a good fight. There is no denying this would be a fight of the year contender off the bat. Even though both men are on losing streaks, this fight is the one to make for the fans. 

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Kamaru Usman Vs Khamzat Chimaev 

Few people have been able to burst onto the UFC scene quite like Khamzat Chimaev has. The Swedish wrestler has been nothing but perfect since making his debut in 2020. He has barely even taken a strike in four UFC bouts across two weight classes. After defeating Li Jingliang, he proved he could take on ranked fighters. Although he is yet to be tested, not many fans would complain about a match-up with champion Kamaru Usman. In what has turned into a somewhat stale division, the Swedish fighter is definitely making things interesting. 

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Sean O’Malley vs. Cody Garbrandt 

UFC 269 was a very different night for both Garbrandt and O’Malley. Both men were on either side of a first-round knockout, with O’Malley being the more fortunate. However, the two did exchange some words leading up to their respective bouts, hinting at a match-up in the future. Gardbrandt is still a ranked bantamweight and could be a great opportunity for O’Malley if he wants to climb the ladder of the division. This would be an amazing striking battle and certainly makes sense going forward.