2021 has actually been a wild journey for the UFC. From new champions corresponding to Francis Ngannou and Charles Oliveira to the stunning downfall of Conor McGregor, it has been unpredictable.
Now, almost three quarters into the 12 months, talks of what’s to return in 2022 are already stirring. A number of massive fights are arising earlier than 2021 closes, together with Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington II in addition to Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira.
A number of contenders have made their presence felt in 2021. These fighters have been rising by the ranks of their respective divisions. For now, there seems to be no ceiling in sight. As an alternative, the prospect of thrilling new champions and bouts is on the horizon.
There’s additionally a sure veteran star set to debut at a brand new weight class to stay up for in 2022. With all of this in thoughts, let’s check out 5 UFC fighters who might win gold subsequent 12 months:
#5. Former UFC interim light-weight champion Dustin Poirier
‘The Diamond’ is on the run of his profession due to his weird feud with Conor McGregor. After handing the Irishman his first ever knockout loss at UFC 257, Poirier remained the cool within the face of relentless trash speak. Heading into UFC 264, it was clear the hot-tempered Poirier who’d fallen at UFC 178 was no extra.
Bettering in all areas, Poirier has misplaced simply twice up to now 5 years. Outdoors of his defeats to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Michael Johnson, Poirier has proven nice energy in all areas.
On the toes, Poirier’s leg kicks are debilitating and his punches have netted him a number of knockouts. On the bottom, Poirier is an environment friendly grappler with a various arsenal of submission holds at his disposal.
Racking up a number of ‘Struggle of the Night time’ and ‘Efficiency of the Night time’ honors, Poirier is all set for a title combat with Charles Oliveira. That’s, after all, if he needs it. The Louisiana star opted out of a title combat earlier this 12 months for a trilogy bout with McGregor.
Rumors are additionally now swirling of a Poirier vs. Nate Diaz conflict. It’s clear ‘The Diamond’ has his eyes on massive cash fights. Ought to he choose to face Diaz or perhaps a fourth McGregor bout subsequent, his title chances are high non-existent. If, nevertheless, he commits to combating Oliveira for the highest prize, he might grow to be light-weight champion.
Oliveira is among the best submission artists of his era. As harmful as ‘do Bronx’ is, Poirier has all of the instruments to get the job executed. 2022 could be his 12 months if he focuses on the gold over the money. After all, even when he does win the UFC light-weight title, his reign could also be shortlived contemplating one other entry on this checklist…