Jon Jones vs Stipe Miocic
The long-anticipated showdown between Stipe Miocic, who holds the UFC record for heavyweight title defenses, and Jon Jones, who holds the same record in the light heavyweight division, is reportedly expected to take place in early 2023.
At the time of this writing, neither the UFC nor the involved athletes had formally confirmed the contest or its precise date. But the promotion and fans have long clamored to see the greatest heavyweight in UFC history take on the greatest light heavyweight in UFC history, and Jones has indicated that he's training for Miocic.
Adding to the fight's intrigue and appeal is the weight class at which it will be contested. Jones, who dominated the 205-pound division for many years and hasn't suffered a genuine loss in his career, will challenge himself by moving to heavyweight.
Diehard MMA followers cannot wait for the Jones-Miocic showdown, and it's easy to see why that's the case.
Leon Edwards vs Kamaru Usman
Kamaru Usman was less than one minute away from defending his UFC welterweight crown at UFC 278 when Leon Edwards sent him crashing to the canvas with a perfectly timed head kick. The stunning victory sent shockwaves through the MMA community and send up a rubber match for the ages. (Usman had defeated Edwards via decision back in 2015.)
Now, on the heels of the dramatic comeback triumph, which many observers believe saved him from a clean sweep on the judges' scorecards, Edwards is preparing to defend the title in his native United Kingdom. Usman has said that he'll adjust and reclaim the belt, Edwards has insisted that the last match wasn't a fluke, and both men will have the eyes of the world on them as they look to get their hand raised sometime within 2023's first few months.
Henry Cejudo vs Aljamain Sterling
Reigning champion Aljamain Sterling defended his UFC bantamweight title in impressive fashion at UFC 280, when he dispatched former champion T.J. Dillashaw with strikes in the second round.
Sterling absorbed virtually no damage in the contest and promptly made clear his desire to get back in the octagon. Henry Cejudo, the only man to hold both the UFC flyweight and bantamweight belts, has stepped up to the plate as Sterling's next challenger, and the UFC brass is reportedly putting the match together presently.
Stylistically, both men are grappling specialists - a point that could well lead to fireworks inside the cage. Additionally, both athletes have been incredibly dominant; Cejudo voluntarily relinquished the title that Sterling now holds in order to spend more time with his family.