One decision every UFC champ is thinking about – Part 1

Rose Namajunas: When will the Esparza rematch happen? As it stands Carla Esparza and Karolina Kowalkiewicz are the only 2 fighters to beat Rose that she has yet to avenge a loss to. As a champ Rose has gone 2-0 in rivalries with Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Zhang Weili, and avenged losses to Tecia Torres and Jessica Andrade. The rematch vs Carla has fallen through multiple times and this is sure to be an error Rose wants correcting.

Valentina Shevchenko: Nunes or Pena? Valentina has lived up to her moniker of “the bullet”. She has torn through everyone like a hot knife through butter. She is scheduled to face Taila Santos in her next defence, but at this point in her career, Valentina has only 1 real challenge move up in weight and face whoever the champ at 135 is. 

Juliana Pena: What comes after the Nunes fight? The former TUF winner did the seemingly impossible when she stopped the GWOAT of MMA. Juliana is scheduled to rematch Amanda after the next season of TUF, but should she retain her title what is next for the Venezuelan vixen? She has accomplished so much and has already and should she repeat her glory could we possibly see a rematch with Valentina Shevchenko? 

Deiveson Figueiredo: Moreno pt 4? No other rivalry at 125 has been as exciting and entertaining as Figgy vs Moreno 1, 2 and 3. MMA fans are impatiently awaiting word on if #4 will take place any time soon considering we are looking at a victory and tie for each fighter. Fig sounds like he wants more money and a different opponent, but only time will tell. 

Aljamain Sterling: What kind of statement does he need to make vs Petr Yan?: The funkmaster won his first major world title in the most unfortunate of ways. He was so disappointed in the result he didn’t even want his belt at first. Now that time has passed and the bad blood VS yan has amped up could we see a more aggressive or confident Aljo than the one we saw before? Many don’t consider him a champ due to the nature of his victory, but could a flash KO, submission, or dominant decision change the perspective of his “illegitimate title”? or could it lead to reckless abandonment causing his downfall?

Alexander Volknaovski: Move training to the USA permanently? While Alex has looked every bit like a champion in all of his fights there is one challenge that has put a kink in his reign. That is the fact that Covid and the restrictions of Australia and New Zealand have altered the way fighters from those areas conduct training, while they have not stopped training it has not been easy especially since they have to move in silence. Should Alex move to the US where he has access to unrestricted training as well as a slew of top tier fighters that are currently here?

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