No fights have yet been confirmed for October 6’s blockbuster UFC 229 in Las Vegas so with that in mind, we had a crack at forming the perfect lineup.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs. Conor McGregor (#1) – UFC lightweight title
No surprises with this one, of course. There isn’t a fight in history that could relegate this scintillating lightweight clash to second-place and while it’s still early days, the anticipation levels for this contest are already reaching ridiculous heights.
Cris Cyborg (c) vs. Amanda Nunes (c) – UFC women’s featherweight title
This is a super-fight that simply has to happen. Both women have effectively cleared out their respective divisions and both could easily be considered the biggest threat to one another. It would be an all-Brazilian showdown for the ages and a worthy co-main event for UFC 229.
Brian Ortega (#1) vs. José Aldo (#2) – UFC interim-featherweight title
Finally, an interim title fight that makes sense! With the champion Max Holloway still recovering following his unfortunate withdrawal from UFC 226 – why not match up the division’s two top-contenders and single out one of them as the next-in-line for when ‘Blessed’ finally returns.
Jeremy Stephens (#4) vs. Chad Mendes (#6) – featherweight contest
This would be a bout that would stand as a fantastic featherweight eliminator. Not only would we be all-but-guaranteed a knockout, but it would also bring to the table two fighters who some of the events more casual viewers would be familiar with – and it just so happens to be a potentially volatile pairing of two of the hardest hitters in the division.
Jorge Masvidal (#9) vs. Gunnar Nelson (#13) – welterweight contest
If he’s healthy and fit to fight then you gotta throw Gunni in there. Not seen since his controversial first-round TKO loss to Santiago Ponzinnibio last July, the pressure is well and truly on Nelson to kickstart his welterweight title-run and with a dance partner like Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal, the stage would be set for a fantastic stylistic matchup.