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Farewell to Wolf with Emelianenko and Makhachev: 5 of the coolest fights of 2023

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We’re talking about encounters that could delight mixed martial arts fans in the coming year.

Covington vs. Chimaev

  • Situation: developing.

Currently, the main UFC star Khamzat Chimaev is waiting for the most important fight in his career. According to several sources, the UFC was working on a heavyweight contender at the end of the year between Swede of Chechen descent and controversial American Colby Covington.

While the promotion still awaits to provoke real hostilities in the octagon, it is very difficult to negotiate with Donald Trump’s favorite. Rumor has it that Kaos refuses to fight undefeated Chimaev, hoping to secure a “title” against Leon Edwards, while Khamzat faces the top of the middleweight division. There it will be easier to lose weight, and new champion Alex Pereira is in no trouble in the fight.

But we still count on the Covington-Chimaev duel!

Nunes – Shevchenko III

  • Situation: — .

Double champion Amanda Nunez and flyweight belt holder Valentina Shevchenko were left without worthy rivals. Their dominance in the cage (other than Amanda’s sensational loss to Julianne Peña in late 2021) is the new standard in female MMA that female fighters will measure for years to come. But the legends still need to put an end to the face-to-face conflict: two fights that resulted in close victories for Nunes (one of the victories – a separate decision – seem very controversial), but more than five years have passed since the last meeting.

Completion of the trilogy will be a great main event for one of the number one tournaments in mid-2023. Moreover, if the plan is implemented, for the first time in history, two-man three (!) arched fighters will enter the octagon.

Valentina Shevchenko - RIA Novosti, 1920, 01/02/2023
Valentina Shevchenko

Ngannou vs. Jones

  • Situation: developing.

Jon Jones is a unique phenomenon in MMA. The youngest champion in UFC history, with eleven successful title defenses and just one disqualification loss. And also a sea of ​​scandals, arrests and pauses in his career … At the moment, the break lasts three years: Kostlyavy is massing for his first heavyweight debut. And it looks like the sweet dream of Jones’ fans will soon come true – as insiders write, the American’s superfight with the formidable puncher Francis Ngannou, who holds the belt in the “strands”, will take place at the March event. Las Vegas.

UFC fighter Jon Jones - RIA Novosti, 1920, 01/02/2023
UFC fighter Jon Jones

Makhachev vs. Volkanovsky

  • Situation: announced.

Just over a month away from the many UFC tournaments in Australia. Promotion in Perth on February 12 could achieve the fifth “double champion” in his history… Or maybe not: the question is, will Islam Makhachev be able to defend his lightweight title from attacks for the first time? Alexandra Volkanovski from Australia, featherweight champion and top UFC fighter (Р4Р) out there depending on weight categories. By the way, abroad he is simply referred to as Volk.

The Russian opens up as a serious favorite: Everyone is talking about the serious size difference and incredible struggle of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s friend. But the house stands, and the possibility of being photographed with two arches does not allow the confident Alex to doubt his success.

Bader – Emelianenko II

  • Situation: announced.

The development of the farewell fight of Fedor Emelianenko was disastrously delayed. Throughout the year 2022, we expected the revenge of Ryan Bader and the Last Emperor, but the long-awaited fight was delayed and postponed due to events in Ukraine and Bellator’s uncertain policy.

Fortunately, at the end of the year, we received an announcement as a Christmas present from Scott Cocker. The domestic MMA legend’s second encounter with the champion of the heavyweight league will lead the promotion’s 290th tournament, which will take place on February 4 in Los Angeles.

In the co-main match of the evening, our light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov was supposed to fight Cuban Yoel Romero, but the Russian athlete withdrew from the fight for an unknown reason. But domestic fans should not be too upset, because one more championship fight with the participation of a Russian has been added to the card. Fighting for the Bellator Middleweight Championship is Team Fedor’s Anatoly Tokov. The opponent is the current title holder, the undefeated American Johnny Eblin.

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Source: Ria

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