UFC 2023 : All you need to know

2023 is potentially a huge Championship bout that could be taking place on the fight card, and we’ll take a look at this and other potential bouts next year.

Numerous studies and surveys have shown that mixed martial arts have been the quickest-increasing game over the last several years, and this growth is expected to continue in a healthy trend as we advance. The success of Dana White’s Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a major contributor. The UFC has grown to become the largest combat organization in the world.

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Champion Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou takes questions in the press room after defeating French Cyril Gane in their UFC 270 championship fight in Anaheim on January 22, 2022. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

Cross-over boxing matches outside of the organizations, involving UFC top names like Conor McGregor and departed fighting star Floyd Mayweather, either between Influencer and professional combatant Jake Paul versus UFC-fighter Tyron Woodley, are also adding to MMA’s expanding reputation.

Due to the large sums of money at stake, competitors from all across the combat sports spectrum are interested in participating in crossover bouts. Most professional MMA competitors, however, aim for the UFC, Bellator, or Legacy to become winners and set the benchmark. A fighter may become a legend in the mixed martial arts world by successfully defending their titles several times or by winning championships in multiple weight classes.

The Bwin online sportsbook team has released a new infographic detailing the present UFC winners, forthcoming championship matches, and the greatest battles in UFC history for 2023. The infographic also includes a comprehensive list of double MMA champions (many organizations included). In this blog article, we compare the combat histories and physical strengths of Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones, as well as Amanda Nunes and Kayla Harrison, in a Tale of the Tape-style matchup.

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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 08: General view of the UFC 238 octagon at United Center on June 8, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Here are three instances of potential major bouts that may happen in the new year, all of which are listed in the article as possible matchups for their respective weight classes:

Female Featherweight Division: Amanda Nunes vs. Kayla Harrison

Since December 29, 2018, Amanda Nunes has been defending her featherweight championship, and the UFC has reportedly considered eliminating the division due to a lack of suitable opponents. Similarly, former Judo Olympic and world champion Kayla Harrison is experiencing difficulties inside the PFL. As Harrison has never been defeated in MMA, a transfer to UFC and a fresh challenge would be great for her career. This matchup between two undefeated champions would be one of the most anticipated mixed martial arts in 2023.

Flyweight Women’s Section: Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas

At UFC 274, on May 7, 2022, in what has been called the worst championship battle of all time, Carla Esparza defeated Rose Namajunas, who was widely expected to keep the crown for years to come. Given that this was Carla’s second win versus Rose, Esparza vs Namajunas 3 is not unlikely to happen in 2023, even if Esparza drops the title in her forthcoming bout versus Zhang Weili. As neither one of the boxers wants to repeat their previous encounter, it will develop into a conflict with a lot at stake: maybe the title and Rose finally obtaining a win over her enemy.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 02: (R-L) Thiago Santos of Brazil kicks Johnny Walker of Brazil in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 02, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Francis Ngannou takes against Jon Jones in the men’s heavyweight division.

Francis Ngannou, the current heavyweight champion, has a contract that expires in 2023, while Jon Jones, the former light heavyweight champion and number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world, is expected to return to the octagon sometime in the same year. Jones has spent the last two years training to reach the heavyweight division, and if he wins the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles simultaneously, he would be widely considered the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all time. A battle between Ngannou and Jones would be a dream matchup for UFC fans, despite the fact that Ngannou’s future in the organization is murky at best.


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