THE UFC has been an unstoppable force in recent months – managing to preserve their hectic fight schedule.
Even during the coronavirus pandemic, they have powered on behind closed doors, staging FOUR pay-per-view events.
And while boxing promoters have warned their biggest stars could be made to wait until paying fans can boost finances – the UFC have no plans to do the same.
With the momentum truly in their hands, here SunSport takes a look at seven fights fans want to see within the next 12 months.
Conor McGregor vs Khabib 2
The moment Nurmagomedov jumped over the cage after beating McGregor in 2018, sparking a mass brawl, it fuelled demand for a rematch.
And having set a pay-per-view record after 2.4million sold, Dana White planned to have his two biggest stars face off once more.
Before McGregor retired in June, White promised him the winner between Khabib and interim champion Justin Gaethje, who unify their belts in October.
And Nurmagomedov has since opened the door for a rematch, telling his rival to beat Dustin Poirier to earn a crack at redemption.
It leaves McGregor needing just to come out of retirement to set up the biggest fight in MMA history.
Jorge Masvidal vs Colby Covington
In a classic tale of friends turned foes, the UFC has one of the most genuine and bitter rivalries between Masvidal and Covington.
Once inseparable room mates, training partners and best pals, the welterweights are now sworn enemies.
It started after Covington turned UFC bad boy and began to foul-mouth anyone in his way – including Masvidal.
They no longer train together and their storied past mixed in with a new found hatred for each other makes for a grudge match with the bragging rights on the line.
Masvidal shot to stardom last year and has emerged as one of the UFC's biggest stars – meaning the fight promises to produce fireworks in and out of the octagon.
Khabib vs Georges St-Pierre
After the death of Nurmagomedov's father Abdulmanap in July, the 28-0 Russian announced plans to retire after 30 fights.
He then revealed his dad – who passed away after contracting Covid-19 – wished for him to face St-Pierre in his final bout.
GSP, who retired last year but has not fought since 2017, confirmed his interest in the super-fight and is waiting for an offer from the UFC.
Their similar grappling styles make for a fearsomely competitive contest with Khabib's undefeated streak facing possibly its greatest test.
It is sure to entice their hugely loyal and passionate set of fans and guarantees one of the best match-ups the UFC has ever seen.
McGregor vs Diaz 3
Since McGregor avenged his first UFC defeat by outpointing Diaz in August 2016, fans have been clamouring for a rematch.
But The Notorious would go on to move back down to lightweight while also boxing Floyd Mayweather.
Diaz made a triumphant return in 2019 beating Anthony Pettis but a gruesome cut saw him pulled out of his mega-fight with Masvidal.
With both McGregor and Diaz needing an opponent to get their hot streaks going again, the time would be now to finally complete the trilogy.
The series decider gives the pair the perfect chance to come back and pick up momentum and with no weight restrictions or belts on the line the fight is made easier to make.
Jon Jones vs Stipe Miocic
After Jones was forced to deny claims made by White that he wanted £25m to move up to heavyweight, the American legend threatened to walk out on the UFC.
He appeared to have no interest in fighting any time soon – that was until Miocic beat his great rival Daniel Cormier in their trilogy bout.
Jones then vacated the light-heavyweight crown to move up to heavyweight and vowed to become a two-division champion.
Due to his size and physical advantages the question has long been asked how he would fare in the blue ribbon division.
And with Miocic holding the record for most title defences, there is not a better fight to determine Jones' legacy.
Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko 3
Featherweight and bantamweight champion Nunes well and truly looks to have run out of highly touted challengers.
Meaning a third fight with flyweight queen Shevchenko has been discussed.
Nunes is already 2-0 up against the Pole, but many believe she was fortunate to emerge the victor in the rematch.
Shevchenko has since dropped down in weight and won five straight while picking up UFC gold.
With both improving since their last fight, and each a champion, a third meeting between the two appears a viable option for White.
Jones vs Israel Adesanya
Before Jones announced plans to move up in weight, a champion vs champion clash against middleweight king Adesanya was picking up interest.
The pair had been trading words and their unique striking styles and opposing physical frames made for an interesting clash.
Adesanya had warned his business at middleweight would need to be completely finished before he could step up and challenge Jones.
But the unbeaten New Zealander said he would even be willing to fight the pound-for-pound great at HEAVYWEIGHT.
Adesanya fought that high during his kickboxing career, but has only campaigned in the 185lb division in the UFC.
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