Trilogies and rematches in MMA are quite rare when you think about it. But when the right one comes along, timing is everything. Though there are plenty to choose from at the highest of levels that were easy to select, we also wanted to offer a couple new to the list that MMA fans didn’t know about or maybe never thought of.
Check out the 3 trilogies and 2 rematches UFC fans could enjoy in the very near future.
Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 3
This one is obvious. Conor McGregor is still, and forever will be, the most popular fighter in the sport of MMA. Throw in his arch nemesis, Nate Diaz and you get one off the biggest trilogies we could possibly get today. When the two first met at UFC 196, the card sold record PPV numbers. Diaz handed McGregor his first loss in the UFC, and stunned most of the world.
The rematch came nearly six months after the first fight, at UFC 202 the duo helped sell record PPV numbers again. But this time, McGregor was victorious in a majority decision to even the score. Even though, Diaz believes he won the second fight, a third bout between these two rivals is something that MMA fans deserve to see. They are two of the best talkers in the game that want to knock the other out.
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 3
The fact that we did not get this trilogy right before an interim title came into play was a bit odd. We’re unsure how the UFC determines who gets an automatic rematch and who doesn’t. But after the reign and rise Stipe Miocic has had, why wouldn’t they give it to him if they gave it to Daniel Cormier and Zhang Weili? Shame on you MMA Politics… But aside from the point, this is a trilogy fans definitely need to see.
Francis Ngannou looked phenomenal against Stipe in the rematch, and if he continues looking as technical as he did, he’s going to be a problem for any heavyweight. Though this fight is no where near close, it’s obvious the UFC has decided to move on and will plan to unify the belts as soon as possible. Stipe deserves better though…
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko 3
If Amanda Nunes beats Julianna Pena, this trilogy seems like the only logical fight to make now that Valentina Shevchenko has no viable contenders in her division. Though Nunes has gotten the better of Valentina both times they have met, it was always super close. But one thing is for sure… It’s always a chess match.
Now that Valentina has tuned down the potential of capturing the 115lb title, it’s only right that we see her fight at her natural weight (bantamweight) once more. She deserves to have her first quest at becoming a double champion.
Calvin Kattar vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov 2
This one will forever go down as one of those what if’s in MMA. When they first met, fans were confused why a main event would only go three rounds. If it went five, things could have played out very different for Calvin Kattar who was picking up momentum as Zabit Magomedsharipov was fading.
It may not be a rematch fans think about right off the bat, but it’s one they should be talking about more. Especially with how the rankings are currently. Though Zabit has not fought since their first meeting, if Kattar wins his next fight, it’s likely they meet again before one of them fights for the title.
Jasmine Jasudavicius vs. Elise Reed 2
If you don’t watch the regional scene as often as you do UFC cards, that’s okay because we have you covered. Jasmine Jasudavicius took on Elise Reed at CFFC 83 for the vacant strawweight championship. The fight went the distance, but it was Reed who left with her hand raised after being consistently taken down throughout the fight. Could it have been a case of hometown judging? Or did Reed truly deserve the nod over the Canadian prospect?
Due to the controversial ending, it’s only right they run it back in the UFC. Now that Jasmine has signed her UFC contract, if Reed stays at 125 now after her UFC debut, this is a no-brainer for both women. This one fans deserve to see with all eyes on them and on the biggest stage possible…