It’s going to be very hard to top the crazy year we had in 2016, both in and out of the octagon. However, here at Fight Life, we always look toward the future possibilities. So we have compiled a list of the top 5 title fights that cold make 2017 the UFC’s best year to date.
1. Stipe Miocic vs Jon Jones
Cleveland’s Stipe Miocic has shown all the potential to finally bring some consistency to the Heavyweight title. Jon Jones has expressed interest in moving to uo and even went as far to say he would like to fight Miocic. For us this is a win-win. If Jones wins, he cements his status as a pound for pound great. If Miocic wins he instantly becomes the Heavyweight start the UFC desperately needs.
2. Tyron Woodley vs Conor McGregor
This would undoubtedly be the biggest fight in the history of MMA. UFC Welterweight Champion Woodley has power that can drop anyone within two divisions, let alone a guy who fights at Featherweight and Middleweight. Yet Conor McGregor has made a career in defying odds and proving detractors wrong at every turn. While Woodley would hold never every measurable advantage, it’s hard to count out McGregor’s pristine movement, range management, and the special pressure bubble Conor often creates for his oppnents.
3. Cody Garbrandt vs TJ Dillashaw
This is a fight Dana White has already said will likely be Cody Garbrandt’s first title defense. There is no doubt about the feelings Team Alpha Male’s Garbrandt and former teammate Dillashaw have for each other. This fight will be way more personal that either’s fights with former champ Dominick Cruz. No Love will see this is a chance to right the perceived wrongs by Team Elevation’s Dillashaw during his turbulent departure from Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male. This fight has all that makings of an instant classic and with Garbrandt’s Bantamweight belt on the line, it should be all the more intense.
4. Michael Bisping vs Yoel Romero
Anther title defense for the surprise king Michael Bisping. This time against the dangerous Cuban Yoel Romero. Bisping admittedly routed against Romero in his number one contender fight with ex-champ Chris Weidman due to Romero’s past positive drug test. Romero however finished Weidman with a brutal flying knee. Romero the same widely criticized for his controversial at best between round tactics and you can be assured Bisping will create quite a war or words.
5. Amanda Nunes vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk
This fight currently has little chance of happening this year, but the fan in me is hoping that changes. Over that last couple years two women have stood out above the rest. Assuming Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s power translates to the Bantamweight division, this would be a battle of the top two womens strikers in the UFC. Joanna also brings a brutal clinch game to the table while Amanda Nunes compliments her power with great BJJ. This is by far the best match up available in the women’s divisions currently.