MMA is a very intriguing game with lots of fun and exciting messages but just like every other sport, it has been brought to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic. Almost all sporting events worldwide, especially those scheduled for early May, have either been postponed or canceled and many more cancellations will surely be announced in the days ahead. There are a lot of exciting games to look forward to once the pandemic is over; here a few UFC matches to anticipate.
Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier 3
When the pandemic is over, should Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier meet, it will surely be one of the biggest heavyweight bouts in in the history of MMA. The UFC plans on making Cormier’s final Octagon entrance a memorable one with Miocic as they both contest for the heavyweight championship.
Before the pandemic, the UFC was allegedly working on concluding on a third and final contest between the two intimidating rivals. Miocic is considered by many to be the greatest UFC heavyweight champion of all-time considering he has the longest title reign in the history of the storied division. Miocic reclaimed the title after besting Cormier this past August via TKO to equal the score. Cormier, on the other hand, is amongst the few fighters to hold the title of “champ-champ” and still able to take over both the heavyweight and light-heavyweight divisions efficiently all through his career. The third match will prove who is better amongst the two fighters ahead of the 41-year-old Cormier’s inevitable retirement.
The “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung vs Zaibit Magomedsharipov
Just the imagination of Chan Sung Jung dashing through the cage to throw one of his signature right hands as Zabit Magomedsharipov tries to fight back with a gyrating elbow gives us goosebumps.
Since he returned to the UFC featherweight division after his three and a half years away due to mandatory military service, the Seoul native has upped his game. Although he lost in the final seconds to Yair Rodriguez back in 2018, Jung has become even more brilliant and this is evident with knockouts of Renato Moicano and Frankie Edgar that would follow soon after. Zombie has pitched himself for another big fight that could help him get another crack at UFC featherweight gold.
Magomedsharipov has unquestionably taken the UFC’s featherweight division by storm since he signed a contract with the promotion back in 2017. The Russian striker holds an 18-1 career record including a 6-0 record in the UFC which includes key victories over Jeremy Stephens and Calvin Kattar.
The unorthodox striker also ranks number 3 in the featherweight division and as of now, he has a notable average takedown of 6.23 per contest and 4.53 strikes per minute. He makes use of his eccentric moves, cunning striking skills and superb control of distance to confuse and defeat his rivals with crispy and original movement. A show between these two strong contestants will bring forward the person who most deserves the position as top contender inside the 145 lbs division.
Should both of these contests take place in a post pandemic world, expect them to lead the way as we get back on track inside of the Octagon.
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