Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-4): The boogiewoman has been living her best life. According to Joanna champion, she is making a lot of money outside of fighting and gets to do more of what she likes. The former champ is still young at only 34 years old but has been competing her whole life. Joanna could easily come back at 115 or 125 and have tremendous success before landing a rematch with either champ. Joanna has only ever lost to champions (Rose, Valentina, Weili). As one of the most exciting female fighters ever, fans would love to see her rematch Weili who has lost twice to Rose and fought Joanna to one of the wildest fights in women’s MMA history.
Henry Cejudo (16-2): Tripple C, The king of Cringe or whatever you want to call him has yet to announce an official return. With each passing day, it seems less likely as that former FW/BW champ will make his return as he is asking for big money or an immediate title fight. All of which the UFC seems unwilling to meet. The former Olympic gold medalist is 35 years of age and last competed in 2020 when he stopped Dominick Cruz, Henry has been capitalizing on his name/glory and has been a big hit with Mike Tyson’s podcast as well as being an announcer, it would be great to see him come back to some rematches or handle some of the rivalries he’s created through social media.
Jon Jones 26-1: One never knows what to expect from “Bones”. One minute he is being celebrated the other… well you know what I’m talking about. Jon has ruled the LHW division ever since he won the title from Shogun and has been unbeatable since. We have heard rumblings of a move to HW and seen a body transformation through social media but nothing official yet. Seeing Jon fight the likes of Francis, Stipe, or Gane would break the bank for the UFC.
Albert Tumenov (22-4): At only 30 years of age, Tumenov is still relatively young and a comeback is not out of the question. He is currently riding a 5 fight win streak ever since leaving the UFC (5-3), Albert is typically stereotyped with all the other Russian wrestlers, but has developed a mean streak with striking and has 14 career KO/TKO. While he may never return to the UFC, seeing Albert compete at a high level would be great.
Kron Gracie (5-1): The son of legendary Rickson Gracie, has been MIA since his first-ever career loss to Cub Swanson. Kron has not competed since 2019 and there is an eerie amount of radio silence in regards to his possible return to MMA. As a fan, I would love to see Kron keep building on his resume as well as his striking, but in the end, only time will tell.
Urijah Faber (35-11): Now hear me out real quick. I’m not saying I want Faber for a full-blown career comeback or run at the title. No, why I want Faber back is so we can see him take on old rival Cub Swanson. A beef that dates back to the WEC and supremacy and what they call settling who was California’s best fighter. The matchup would be a great nostalgia fight for long time fans as well as pairing 2 fighters who are in the same stage of their careers, and let’s not forget Faber is 1-1 in his last fights winning a 46 second KO victory and losing to Petr Yan.
Tatiana Suarez (8-0): Former TUF winner/Alumni Tatiana Suarez was on the fast track to being one of MMA’s brightest prospects and future contenders, she has been out of commission since 2019 due to some severe injuries, in her last fight she beat Nina Nunes. The standout fighter is also a prominent wrestler and has been evolving with each fight, it will be interesting to see who she gets in her comeback fight and how will the UFC build her up, whether she gets thrown to the lions or eased back into contention.
Alexander Gustafsson (18-7): “The Mauler” never achieved his goal of becoming an undisputed champion, but the man did come close on several occasions. If put in any other era Alex would’ve been the Jon Jones of the LHW division. We last saw him in action when he moved up to HW but was submitted by Fabricio Werdum. Alex was unfortunately on a 3 fight skid, but seeing as he’s taken 2 years off and constantly trains with the likes of Khamzat Chimaev and his camp, it could be interesting to see how the former #1 contender bounces back against a young up and comer or another seasoned vet in the twilight of his career.