Everyone had been treated to an entertaining night of fights. With 12 former, interim and or current champions stepping up, it was something to behold. We had seen three belts fought over, title challengers square off, and show stopping finishes across the prelims, and main card. However, as the curtain closes on UFC 300, we now look towards the future and what the rest of 2024 could bring. With all results being considered, we have come up with five matchups we’d like to see this year.

Deiveson Figueiredo vs Marlon Vera
Moving into a new division can be a difficult transition for fighters. However, Figueiredo manged to dispatch of Cody Garbrandt without too many issues. Despite having limited success in striking and grappling in round one, Figueiredo would take down Garbrandt in the second round and win via rear naked choke. This now leaves him looking for an opponent ranked highly enough to test his skillset. Despite Vera coming off a pretty tough loss against the current champion Sean O’Malley, a win would propel him back into title contention. With Figueiredo and Vera having a combined 36 finishes, giving these two a chance to square off would provide fireworks. Also, with most of the division seemingly matched up or rumoured to be, why not throw these two together.

Bobby Green vs Paddy Pimblett
After Green claimed a UD victory against Jim Miller, he would go on to call out Paddy Pimblett. As we have a UK card now on the horizon, it is certainly a bout that would capture the imagination of many. With both having loud and confident personalities, the fans would certainly be entertained. Just imagine both sitting at a press conference. Stylistically, they are creative in terms of striking. However, if the fight goes to the ground, Pimblett would hold the advantage. With each fighter looking to rise the rankings, a win would raise the winner’s stock massively in what is a stacked division.

Ilia Topuria vs Max Holloway
If there was one fight that needs to be made, it would be this one. Holloway throughout the entire duration of a five round fight had controlled the tempo and KO’d a dangerous Justin Gaethje. With Topuria seen cage side, and the call out directed his way post-fight, we should now be in for an epic showdown. Each fighter possesses elite level striking, both control the distance expertly well, and both are currently at the peak of their powers. Despite them being evenly matched, Holloway does have experience on his side, but it would be a fight where anything could happen.

Kayla Harrison vs Julianna Pena
Next, we visit the Women’s Bantamweight division for a potential clash between two fighters in title contention. Harrison became the first person to finish Holly Holm since Amanda Nunes did it in 2019 (With the exception of the overturned loss to Mayra Silva). With that happening, Harrison either receives a title shot, or should get a pop at the next in line, that being Pena. Despite Pena being inactive in recent times, she has proved her ability by being the last person to beat Nunes. The question is can she still perform to that level. The winner of this fight should almost certainly receive a shot at Raquel Pennington.

Alex Pereira vs Tom Aspinall
Hear us out, Aspinall is unlikely to receive a title shot, as the UFC are set on Miocic vs Jones. Being extremely talented and always wanting to prove his ability, Aspinall would welcome a challenge. That leaves Pereira, a man who doesn’t have another clear challenger to his throne, that is unless Magomed Ankalaev is somehow called upon. Both Pereira and Aspinall have unique attributes. Both have devastating speed, high level striking, and an eagerness to challenge themselves. With Pereira wanting to move up a division, and Aspinall showing a desire to stay active, if made, this fight could be a FOTY contender. It is certainly a match that would attract many eyes worldwide.

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