MMA – Marked by an unprecedented well being disaster, the year 2020 was nonetheless wealthy in feelings for the UFC, with nice sporting performances. The sweat recapitulates the most excellent moments of the 2020 classic. Overview.
The Notorious Comeback
January 19, 2020. A protracted-awaited date at the begin of the year, which marked the return with fanfare of the former light-weight champion, after lengthy months of inactivity. An illustration in a number of seconds in entrance of Donald cerrone, with sequences, clinch shoulder strikes, a smashing kick, and an infernal floor & pound: the comeback was signed. A efficiency that would not be improved throughout the remainder of the year, particularly due to the international pandemic. Note the date of January 24, 2021, and fasten your seatbelts, as a result of the Irishman returns for the revenge towards Dustin Poirier. War in anticipation? Either manner, it’ll set off.
The mega hype Khamzat
196 hits towards solely 2 receipts, a submission and two knockouts… All this in three fights. The Swede of Chechen origin has notably distinguished himself this year at the UFC by validating two victories in 10 days, a report in the group. Now with a stability sheet of 9-0 in profession (for 9 finishes) amongst professionals, Khamzat Chimaev is making use of for a title shot in the coming months, in a minimum of two completely different classes (welterweight and middleweight). Quickly got here to the fore, he had an appointment with the quantity 3 in the class Leon edwards subsequent January, earlier than having to forfeit due to an damage. In any case, 2021 may open the doorways to a title-shot for him if he may verify the hopes positioned in him… Especially since Alexander Gustafsson’s teammate is in Dana White’s little papers. Just that, when he was nonetheless an illustrious stranger final spring. Creepy.
The mountains provoke one another
Since his spectacular victory over Paulo costa, Israel Adesanya desires to broaden. And not simply any, since he’s in the higher class (mild heavyweight), to face the defending champion Jan Blachowicz. A shock that guarantees to be brutal in view of the putting qualities of the two males. But his ambition doesn’t cease there, since he additionally appears to need to face Jon jones in a roughly close to future …
Bones has cleaned up the total mild heavyweight class and can be trying to the higher echelon. He may face the champion Stipe Miocic, and even the terrifying Francis Ngannou in 2021. As a end result, he begins a physical transformation appropriate for the class. Yes, when Jones does one thing, he does it effectively … or very effectively.
Fight Island, a brand new attraction
A “combat island” dreamed of by Dana White, which he managed to obtain this summer time close to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. This undertaking was launched onYas Island during which, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the place the president of the UFC managed to arrange distinctive fights, away from contamination zones, and with a ultra strict sanitary system. An octagon on a abandoned sandy seaside by the water … Yes, you could have the picture in thoughts of this unique and intriguing setting. And this undertaking was an actual success since the Fight Island returns for UFC 257 subsequent January, the place Conor McGregor will face Dustin Poirier. That is to say.
Undefeated to date, Edmen shahbazyan fell to Derek Brunson final August. A TKO in the third spherical broke the dynamic of the 23-year-old American, who remained on three victories in 2019. A brutal state of affairs additionally skilled by Sean O’Malley, in the class of bantamweights. After two speedy victories in January and June, Sugar fell to Chito Vera, following a injury early arrival in a combat that he dominated till then.
Another prospect crushed for the first time in his skilled profession this year: Chase Hooper. The (very) younger 21-year-old featherweight misplaced by unanimous choice in June to Alex Caceres. Three hopes who’ve due to this fact found defeat, however who can dream of a high-flying profession. Business to comply with …
Tyron Woodley, the (sluggish) decline
He had to bounce again from his loss to Kamaru Usman in March 2019, however failed to recuperate in 2020. Two fights for as many defeats ; definitely in the face of enormous prospects (Burns and Covington); however with worrying content material for the future. T-Wood noticed his title-shot possibilities soar as the welterweight class is bursting with potential expertise. Now ranked sixth in the UFC rating amongst welterweights, the American has actually plummeted. To see if he can be in a position to bounce again subsequent year, earlier than probably withdrawing his bow.
Kevin Holland, the field full for an ideal year
Covid or not Covid, the Californian didn’t ask himself any questions and went on to masterclasses in 2020, with 5 victories in as many fights amongst the middleweights! We can inform, he broke all the things. What’s extra dealing with names: Joaquin Buckley, Darren stewart and the newest, Jacaré Souza, whom he severely knocked out in the first spherical. Still not labeled in his class, Kevin Holland has a profession report of 21-5, and desires to proceed his momentum towards the greatest. He lately talked about the identify of a sure Khamzat Chimaev …
Figueiredo, who says higher?
A double demonstration towards Joseph Benavidez (TKO then submission), one other specific submission towards Alex Perez in November, a anonymous struggle towards Brandon moreno in December, and a belt round the waist. It’s arduous to beat Deiveson Figueiredo. The Brazilian, flyweight champion with an nearly impeccable report (20-1-1), has actually thrilled us this year since the departure ofHenry cejudo. He climbed to ninth place in the pound-for-pound ranking, and should now deal with the very probably revenge towards Brandon Moreno, with whom he lately drew … Captivating.
Joaquin Buckley, KO of the story?
A jumped and opportunistic spinning again kick to clearly clinch the knockout of the year over the undefeated Impa Kasangany. In the span of a handful of thousandths of a second, he extinguished all of his rival’s lights. A gesture that would effectively be a part of the ranking of the most beautiful knockouts Of the historical past.
And the least we are able to say is that Joaquin Buckley loves to break the invincibility of his opponents. Latest instance: his KO towards Jordan Wright in the second spherical at the finish of November. A busy year with 3 successes in 4 fights… The solely draw back was his loss by TKO towards the insatiable Kevin Holland in August.
Three legends go away the octagon (a priori)
They are three. Probably all equally tall, and may very clearly climb to the prime of the MMA GOATS rating… They have introduced their retirement from the sport and may due to this fact not return to the cage.
The first to have finished so this year: a sure Daniel Cormier. Expected for his farewell combat (already introduced for months), the American bowed out after a five-round struggle towards his final rival, the champion Stipe Miocic. An opposition synonymous with a trilogy, occurring in the center of August, during which DC could have gone by hellish moments, earlier than dropping by unanimous choice. But don’t worry: his dwell feedback and his in-depth analyzes will nonetheless be in the recreation in 2021.
The world of MMA fell from excessive on studying it. Fans in shock, and surprised purists. An announcement from Khabib and the world fell aside: ” (My mother) did not need me to combat with out my dad by my aspect, and I advised him this could be my final combat »Let unfastened the Dagestanais after his masterclass towards Justin gaethje. However, doubts persist about his actual retirement, he who would secretly goal the 30-0 profession report. A dream ardently cultivated by his father, who died this year, which may make him come again one final time in the cage. GSP, Conor?
Regarding the third, he didn’t announce his retirement, far from it … On the opposite, he could be inclined to return to the octagon, regardless of the reluctance of the UFC. But the impression he gave us throughout his final outing, nonetheless suggests the starting of the finish. And for a last clap, he clearly deserves higher than a loss by TKO towards Uriah Hall. Yes, legendary Anderson Silva could have fought for the final time in his profession on November 1st. But 2021 will inform us if the Brazilian can be in a position to come again and win earlier than an exit by the entrance door, he who has not received since February 2017 …