In most cases, the only thing better than a rematch in the UFC is a trilogy. Here are three that deserve a trilogy sooner than later:
Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko
These two women are some of the best to ever enter the octagon. Nunes took the first two wins, but since then, both women have dominated the UFC. After two great performances, it may be time to consider a female trilogy fight.
For Nunes, she has defended the Bantamweight title against Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Raquel Pennington, and Shevchenko. With a fifth scheduled defense for UFC 245 against Germaine De Randamie, Nunes could win and put one of her titles on the line against Shevchenko.
Both women have beat the very best, and considering Schevchenko lost in a split-decision in their rematch, the outcome the third time around could be different.
Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier
The feud between Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier has kept fans on the edge of their seats. For a rivalry that began to form in 2015, it still remains just as relevant four years later.
After Jones was suspended, Cormier was granted back the Light Heavyweight title. He then moved up a weight class to fight the Heavyweight Champion, Stipe Miocic. Cormier became a “double-champ” in the UFC, but after losing to Miocic at UFC 241, he is currently deciding what is best for his future.
Jones doesn’t have a scheduled opponent and Cormier is coming off a loss. After resolving what weight class the bout would be held at, this is a must-have fight before Cormier walks away from the sport.
Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz
In 2016, McGregor’s first loss in the UFC was to Diaz via submission. Their rematch saw McGregor win via majority decision. Since then, three years have passed, and it’s time we settle the score.
Since their encounter at UFC 202, McGregor joined the boxing world temporarily and lost via TKO to Floyd Mayweather. He later returned to the UFC, where he proceeded to lose via submission to Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
As for Diaz, he returned after three years to fight Anthony Pettis and won via unanimous decision. Both Diaz and McGregor currently fight at different weight classes, but if they made it work before, they could do it again.
With Diaz looking to fight Jorge Masvidal in December, McGregor may have to wait on a trilogy bout. Based on their first two fights though, the wait is certainly worth it.
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