The final 12 months in MMA have delivered a number of the greatest moments the game has seen in fairly a while.

We had spectacular fights, controversies and new retailers within the sport. 

And now that the brand new 12 months is upon us, this is what I need to see occur in blended martial arts in 2019.  

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Conor McGregor vs. Georges St-Pierre showdown has to happen

Right here you’ll have the most important draw within the historical past of blended martial arts in McGregor and the person who helped thrust the UFC into the mainstream and have become one of many largest pay-per-view sights for the corporate in St-Pierre. 

St-Pierre instructed Sporting Information again in October that he could be thinking about dealing with McGregor as a result of it could imply rather a lot for his legacy together with it being a big-money battle. McGregor has been silent on the topic, however at this stage of the sport, the unique champ-champ is simply thinking about extremely profitable bouts. St-Pierre checks that field and a battle between the 2 is with out query the one PPV the UFC may put collectively that will break the reported 2.four million buys McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov generated at UFC 229. And who does not like cash greater than McGregor?

Neither may utter a phrase and each monetary file for a UFC occasion could be shattered. St-Pierre has been going backwards and forwards on one other return and McGregor appears to be like to be staying round for some time. Park the Brink’s truck at their respective houses and provides them what they need.

Jon Jones stays out of hassle 

Followers need to see the very best fighters on this planet competing. There isn’t any one higher than Jones, however he has solely fought just one time every year since 2014 due to a litany of points that embody arrests and failed drug checks. Jones has stated he desires to be lively in 2019, and he’s off to a superb begin; he is scheduled to face Anthony Smith (pending getting a license to battle in Nevada) at UFC 235. Hopefully, “Bones” retains it collectively, as a result of the game is healthier when he is contained in the Octagon.

AJ McKee getting a world title shot

McKee is arguably essentially the most thrilling prospect in Bellator. He is undefeated in 13 fights with 9 wins coming by stoppage. The perfect half is that McKee is simply 23 and has loads of rising to do. And but, after his first-round submission win over Daniel Crawford at Bellator 212, no calls had been made for McKee getting a shot at featherweight champion Patricio Freire though he has been dominant in each efficiency. 

What extra does the “Mercenary” have to do? McKee is a man an organization can construct round, however it could actually’t do this except he is given a possibility to succeed. LetGs get this carried out, Bellator.

Extra trades

The primary commerce in MMA historical past came about in October when the UFC despatched former flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson to ONE for its welterweight titleholder, Ben Askren. The transfer made sense as a result of the UFC actually did not know the right way to market Johnson and Askren deserves to check himself in opposition to the very best guys on this planet at 170 kilos. It was a win-win for all events concerned.

Who would not need to see Michael Chandler going from Bellator to the UFC for Nick and/or Nate Diaz? The light-weight division in Bellator is not what it was once and permitting Chandler to check himself within the shark tank that’s the UFC light-weight division would present how good the three-time 155-pound champ actually is. Going to Bellator would permit one or each of the Diaz brothers to have the liberty to actually specific themselves and receives a commission handsomely within the course of. Or how about seeing ONE ship one among its largest stars, ladies’s atomweight titlist Angela Lee, to the UFC for Anderson Silva? 

The situations are limitless, and in the event that they make sense, the promotions ought to work collectively to do what isn’t just greatest for them, however for additionally the fighters, as a result of that’s what’s most necessary. They need to need them pleased, not indignant with the place they’re plying their craft.

Fewer interim title fights

It looks as if each different UFC card options an interim title being on the road. The rationale is as a result of the UFC has to have a title battle as the principle occasion of a pay-per-view and the champion has been pulled from the present for one purpose or one other. Title bouts are good and all, however creating an interim title comes off as low cost. The fighters comprehend it means nothing. Sure, it ensures a foremost occasion and extra money, however the secondary tag means nothing to them. Simply make the fights. The followers do not care if a belt is up for grabs. They simply need to see two individuals stand in the midst of the cage and placed on an thrilling contest. 

Fighters making extra money

Who would not wish to be higher compensated for what they do for a residing? For the dangers they take contained in the cage, fighters are vastly underpaid. Solely a choose few make greater than $1 million a battle and a superb chunk make lower than what would quantity $40,000 a 12 months after taxes, paying the coaching staff, managers and different bills. 

There isn’t any purpose world champions should not be making at minimal a base of $1 million per battle and the challenger $500,000 relying on their standing within the sport. Each fighter needs to be paid a wholesome wage. You do not see athletes in MLB, the NFL or the NBA having to get second jobs to help themselves and their households. It is virtually commonplace in MMA. A union or an affiliation would assist with getting that completed, however fighters needs to be standing up for themselves regardless and get what they deserve.

Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier 3

This seemed to be subsequent for each guys till Jones acquired paired with Smith. Cormier remains to be coping with a hand damage, however he may determine to bypass clashes with Jones and Brock Lesnar and stay as much as his vow of retiring on his 40th birthday on the finish of March. 

It simply would not be proper, although, if Jones and Cormier did not sq. off another time. They hate one another simply as a lot, if no more, than Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier did. Jones could have received each fights, however questions loom over whether or not Jones received these pretty since he failed a drug take a look at after their UFC 214 bout and his ranges had been irregular after they fought at UFC 182. 

It is one of many few big-money affairs for each guys. The followers need it, the media desires it and the UFC desires it. Hopefully, Jones and Cormier need it as a lot they declare they do. Who cares whether it is at heavyweight or gentle heavyweight? Combat at a catchweight. Give us what we would like.

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