Quick 2019 Predictions
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2019 is HERE. While we have two weeks until the first card of the year, now is a great time to look at the UFC roster and make a few predictions for this upcoming calendar year. Also, now that I put these in writing, I am almost certain that none of these will hold to be true at the end of the year.
Prediction #1: Jon Jones DOES fight 3 times this year (Including a DC trilogy)
Jon Jones has said that he has to catch up for lost time following his reclaiming of the 205 belt this past weekend. He makes a very good point: he has only fought 5 times in the last four years following Jon Jones messing with Jon Jones. If he truly is at a good place in his life, I believe whatever he says he can do. He is likely the most talented fighter in UFC history, and I do not see any Light Heavyweights challenging him. Along with a lack of competition, I believe by the time the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, 2019, I think Jon Jones will have fought Daniel Cormier at Heavyweight. I don’t see DC coming back down to 205 since he got thicc for the Stipe fight, but, as I wrote about here, I think Jones wants the DC fight more than DC does. While it doesn’t make sense logically for him, it is the most intriguing way to fight DC a third time. I think Cormier is better at Heavyweight, and nobody has seen Jones fight north of 205 lbs. Whether he stays at Heavyweight beyond a Cormier fight, however, I am not sure.
Prediction #2: Max Holloway STAYS at 145
After his demolition of the true #1 contender of Brian Ortega in Toronto, Max Holloway is a hot commodity. There is a lot of talk, especially coming from guys that make decisions like Dana White, about him going up to fight Khabib for the 155 belt. While it would be an interesting matchup, one that almost happened, there’s just too many fights for both guys to make first. Max has only defended against Aldo and Ortega. There’s still guys like Edgar, Volkanovski, Moicano in the rafters. For Khabib, Conor may get a rematch, there is Tony Ferguson waiting for a crack at the belt along with Dustin Poirier and other killers waiting to go for gold. Maybe if these guys both clean out the top of the division and are still champion in, say, two years time, book it, but not until then.
Prediction #3: Tyron Woodley ends 2019 as Champion
I need to say that I am not a fan of Tyron Woodley. I feel he complains a lot, and a lot of it is unjustified. Lately, however, he has gotten the shaft by the UFC, with Dana White blasting him about inactivity when there are guys like Conor who take over a year off and get a title shot without batting an eye. He also doesn’t get respect for his reign, as he has beaten whoever the UFC puts in front of him, generally the top contender. He may not always be the most interesting guy to watch (cough cough Demain Maia fight cough cough), but he gets the job done. Again, although I am not a fan, I can respect him for beating the best guys in his division. Woodley has two fights that will likely happen, that being Usman and Covington. I think he can beat those two, partly because a lot of what they do well is what he also does well, that being wrestling, and also because Woodley’s gameplans have been nearly perfect in his win streak, which currently stands at 6 wins and a draw.
Prediction #4: Khabib-Ferguson FINALLY HAPPENS
This is more of a wish rather than actually believing it, but now is the time to make this fight. Ferguson is the rightful #1 contender to Khabib’s throne, and this is coming from a HUGE Conor McGregor fan (Don’t believe me? Listen to this week’s podcast). While the Conor fight makes sense from a business perspective, the sport needs to have Khabib fight Ferguson, especially now that they both are still at their best. Please please please please PLEASE do this, UFC. Please.
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