Colby Covington has been gunning for a bout against UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. The bout would be a rare superfight between a current titleholder and a former titleholder. However, it’s not the only fight between weight classes that the organization should currently be targeting.
A superfight is generally defined as when a champion takes on either a champion from another weight class or a former champion from a different weight class. Examples of superfights from previous years include Matt Hughes vs. Royce Gracie, Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez and Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar 1. All of those bouts were massive events that generated a lot of hype, and here are some more that might do the same thing.
ten Conor McGregor vs. Kamaru Usman
Conor McGregor has stated that upon his return, he’s expecting to get a title shot. Furthermore, he’s stated that he wants that title bout to come at welterweight against Kamaru Usman. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has also previously welcomed a fight with the former dual-weight champion.
This fight doesn’t make much sense on the surface but does under a couple of circumstances. If Usman is able to defeat Leon Edwards in July, might as well book the champion against McGregor. At this point, Usman will have defeated all the top contenders with nobody on the horizon.
nine Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko 3
This fight seemed destined to occur when both women were running through their completion. However, the fight bout has seemingly been taken off the table. That being said, the bout still makes a lot of sense if Amanda Nunes is able to defeat Julianna Pena in their rematch later this year.
In the event of Nunes securing the bantamweight title, the trilogy fight makes more sense than ever. Valentina Shevchenko is as dominant as we’ve ever seen a women’s fighter, and ‘The Lioness’ would have no other competitors if she re-wins the championship.
eight Julianna Pena vs. Valentina Shevchenko 2
In the event that Amanda Nunes can’t re-capture her UFC bantamweight gold, Julianna Pena should get her second bout against Valentina Shevchenko instead. The two fought back in January 2017, with ‘The Bullet’ picking up a second-round submission victory.
Since Pena defeated Nunes last December, she’s shown interest in fighting Shevchenko again. It gives the UFC bantamweight champion a chance at redemption and allows her challenger a chance to become a double champion.
7 Henry Cejudo vs. Alexander Volkanovski
Henry Cejudo has stated on multiple occasions that he’s dying for the chance to become a three-weight world champion. While many fans have shown an interest in seeing the former champion face Alexander Volkanovski, the UFC has shown zero interest in making it happen.
The UFC really should’ve booked this fight for UFC 273 when Max Holloway fell out of the main event. While they missed that opportunity, they should still make it in the future.
6 Stipe Miocic vs. John Jones
The UFC supposedly wants to book this fight for this summer, and it makes sense. On paper, this is one of the best bouts the promotion could possibly make, as well as one of the most accomplished.
While neither one of these guys have a title right now, the UFC could easily put a UFC interim title on the line for this one. Arguably the GOAT heavyweight vs. the GOAT light-heavyweight, book it.
5 Ronda Rousey vs. Julianna Pena
While Ronda Rousey has yet to respond to her, Julianna Pena has been targeting the former UFC bantamweight champion in the media. While no fight has enticed ‘Rowdy’ back to the octagon, this might be the one to do it.
Stylistically, this is a great matchup for Rousey. She’ll also have a fellow trash-talker with Pena to help sell the fight. Add in their history on The Ultimate Fighter, it makes sense why the champion is pushing for this one.
4 Petr Yan vs. Alexander Volkanovski
While not a fight that’s ever been discussed, this sounds like an incredible fight. Petr Yan seems to be head-and-shoulders above the current bantamweight division. While 135-pounds seems like the perfect division for him, however, if he wants to pursue greatness, a superfight with Alexander Volkanovski sounds great.
Yan is actually taller than Volkanovski, and if he puts on muscle, it would be a great matchup. The striking exchanges in this fight sound great.
3 Israel Adesanya vs. Glover Teixeira
Israel Adesanya already tried to move up to light-heavyweight in the past and failed against Jan Blachowicz. However, the UFC middleweight champion has teased that he’ll try to achieve double-champ status in the future.
A fight with Glover Teixeira sounds like a classic grappler vs. striker matchup, and one that Adesanya might even win. Both these guys have fights booked right now, but if they make it through unscathed, this one makes sense to close out the year.
2 Francis Ngannou vs. John Jones
If the UFC is able to get Francis Ngannou back for one more fight, this is the bout to make. We got close to seeing this one last year, but the promotion decided to give the title shot with Derrick Lewis instead.
Jones is moving up regardless, Ngannou is absolutely in his prime right now. There’s a short time window for this fight, and the UFC has to strike now.
one Colby Covington vs. Israel Adesanya
Following Colby Covington’s win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272, ‘Chaos’ began discussing a move up in weight. Motivated by Chael Sonnen giving him the idea, he’s been calling out Israel Adesanya for a middleweight title fight.
Adesanya’s biggest flaw has been his wrestling. While Covington will head in much smaller, he might just have the recipe to give ‘The Last Stylebender’ his first-ever loss at 185-pounds.
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