With 2022 about to start for the world’s largest MMA promotion, there are actually lower than two weeks to go earlier than the UFC presents its first two title bouts of the 12 months.
Discounting interim titleholders, the UFC presently has a complete of 12 champions on its roster, however which of these champions is prone to lose their titles in 2022?
2021 noticed some real shockers when it comes to who was capable of seize gold contained in the octagon, with a handful of essentially the most unlikely champions topped. Naturally, solely time will inform if they will proceed to carry onto their titles in 2022.
With that thought of, listed here are the 5 UFC champions who’re most definitely to lose their titles in 2022.
#5. Julianna Pena – UFC girls’s bantamweight champion
When Julianna Pena defeated Amanda Nunes in December, taking her UFC bantamweight title within the course of, the end result was instantly declared one of many biggest upsets in MMA historical past.
Certain, Pena had predicted precisely how the battle would go, proper right down to Nunes gassing out considerably within the second spherical, however nonetheless, only a few followers anticipated ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ to tug it off.
So can Pena maintain onto her title all through 2022? In all honesty, for as dramatic as her win over Nunes was, it feels uncertain.
Firstly, nothing that Pena had performed within the octagon previous to her win over ‘The Lioness’ instructed that she was a succesful titleholder. In truth, whereas she defeated Sara McMann to arrange her title shot, the battle earlier than that had seen her submitted by kickboxer Germaine de Randamie.
It appears extremely possible that Pena’s first title protection will are available a rematch with Nunes. Whereas she seemed improbable of their first assembly in December, the prior accomplishments of ‘The Lioness’ ought to make her a scorching favourite to regain the gold.
If Pena can defeat Nunes once more then she might effectively go onto have a surprisingly dominant title reign. Nonetheless, even when she pulls the victory off, harmful fighters like Irene Aldana and Ketlen Vieira appear able to doubtlessly dethroning her.
With that in thoughts, then, it appears possible that ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ will lose her title in 2022, even when she’s confirmed the doubters flawed earlier than.