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Predictions for the Champion of Every UFC Weight Class at the End of 2021

| December 20, 2020 6:15 am PDT
Predicting Every UFC Champion at the End of 2021

Will Khabib fight in 2021? Or, more to the point, will Khabib be the UFC lightweight champion in 2021?

I guess that’s the big question on the lips of fight fans as we move into another year. But there are other things to consider when bettors are looking to play Nostradamus.

I should know. In rather geekish fashion, a friend and I had a couple of cold ones and spent some time attempting to prophesize who will be the champion of all UFC divisions by the end of the year. And while our UFC betting predictions for 2021 weren’t that dissimilar, there were a couple of interesting differences.

If you want to play the same game, grab a piece of paper and a pen — or open up a notepad on your computer or device — and write down the name of every UFC champion by the end of 2021. Then, compare your answers to mine below.

Let’s get to it!

Heavyweight – Francis Ngannou

Ngannou tore through the UFC’s heavyweight division like a cyclone, blasting everything in his path.

Then, he got a shot at the champion, Stipe Miocic, and was made to look like an amateur. And you could tell by his performance against Derick Lewis in his next fight that his confidence was shot to pieces.

But since then, Ngannou has been back in business, knocking fighters out for fun. But there is only one man he wants to fight, and that’s Stipe.

Although Miocic is a great champion and an awesome human being, there is no place for sentiment in MMA.

A rematch between Stipe and Francis ends with Ngannou winning the title in 2021 and holding on to it until the end of the year.

Light Heavyweight – Israel Adesanya

2020 was another great year for Izzy.

Not only did he suggest that he could go on to be the best UFC middleweight of all time not named Anderson Silva, but he did it in style. His win over the previously unbeaten Paulo Costa was sublime.

But Adesanya has set his sights on more, with his gun locked, loaded, and pointing right at the light heavyweight division. Adesanya vs. Blachowicz will be, more than likely, the fight that makes “The Last Stylebender” the next light heavyweight champion in the UFC.

It should stay that way until 2022.

Middleweight – Robert Whittaker

Should Adesanya be successful in snatching the 205-pound strap, Whittaker will win his old middleweight title back.

There is a novelty in adding your name alongside all the two-weight world champions in the UFC. But the promotion is reluctant to allow a fighter to run the show in two divisions, as many champs don’t tend to defend in their original weight class. The exception being Amanda Nunes, of course.

Whittaker, in my mind, is the best UFC middleweight next to Israel Adesanya. I can see a Whittaker vs. Costa bout with the vacant title available and “Bobby Knuckles” outsmarting the Brazilian to reclaim the strap.

Welterweight – Kamaru Usman

If you’re betting on UFC fights or like wagering on props, the safest bet of them all is Kamaru Usman going undefeated next year.

There is no one at welterweight, other than Colby Covington, that has the style to beat “The Nigerian Nightmare.” And given Usman broke Covington’s jaw the last time they fought, he’s a big favorite to come out on top again.

Some have suggested that Conor McGregor could move up to welterweight to challenge Usman. You would bet on McGregor, win or lose at UFC 257, avoiding Usman like the plague. It ain’t gonna happen.

Usman will be UFC welterweight champion at the end of 2021.

Lightweight – Khabib Nurmagomedov

Will Khabib return to the UFC in 2021?

I believe he will. And rather excitingly, I think he’ll end 2021 as the champion of the lightweight division.

Now, I’m going to stop short of predicting that Khabib vs. McGregor 2 will happen. It could be on the cards, of course, but not if the Irishman is beaten by “The Diamond.”

Khabib vs. Charles Oliveira is, more than likely, the only fight that the UFC G.O.A.T will be interested in taking. But money talks, and if McGregor does get past Poirier, we could be looking at a rematch between Russia and Ireland’s greatest.

Khabib will not be beaten if that is the case, and he will end 2021 as a 30-0 champion. At the very least.

Featherweight – Max Holloway

Alex Volkanovski is a badass, but I believe he lost against Holloway in their rematch in 2020.

Despite it feeling like he’s been around since dinosaurs wore diapers, Holloway turned just 29 on December 4, 2020. He still has time to improve his game, which is a scary thought in itself.

I like Holloway to beat Volkanovski and hold the belt to finish 2021 as the UFC featherweight champion.

If you are wagering on UFC fights that will be close in terms of odds in 2021, I predict this fight will be the closest of them all.

Bantamweight – Petr Yan

The bantamweight division of the UFC is absolutely stacked.

How different it looks from just a few years ago, when T.J. Dillashaw, Cody Garbrandt, Dominick Cruz, and Jimmie Rivera occupied the champion and top contenders spots.

Now, you have Petr Yan as champ, with Aljamain Sterling, Cory Sandhagen, and Marlon Moraes making up a dynamic band of killers at the top.

But the man who will end 2021 as the bantamweight champion of the UFC? I would bet on Petr Yan being the guy.

Flyweight – Deiveson Figueiredo

The UFC fighter of the year for 2020, Deiveson Figueiredo, has resurrected the UFC flyweight division.

The only hiccup for the Brazilian was his draw with Brandon Moreno, but what a fight that was.

We will see Figueiredo vs. Moreno 2 in 2021, but I believe the “God of War” will win with a much more convincing performance next time out. You’re bound to see the best UFC betting sites make him a steady favorite for that fight, too.

Figueiredo will be champion of the UFC flyweight division at the end of 2021.

Women’s Featherweight – Amanda Nunes

No one beats Amanda Nunes at featherweight. You can quote me on that.

There is also no other situation that parts Nunes with her belt that I find realistic.

Nunes will be the UFC women’s featherweight champion at the end of 2021 because the gulf between her and the other fighters at 145 is even larger than it is at bantamweight.

It’s scary how good this woman is.

Women’s Bantamweight – Amanda Nunes

There are some awesome women’s bantamweight fighters right now.

The only problem is that all of the best of them have been beaten by Nunes. Even Valentina Shevchenko, who bosses the division ten pounds below, has two losses to the female G.O.A.T.

Everyone knows the strengths and weaknesses of Amanda Nunes. And they still can’t, and won’t stop her, in 2021.

Women’s Flyweight – Valentina Shevchenko

If you’re betting on UFC women’s flyweight fights, and they involve Valentina Shevchenko, you’re probably not going to see shorter odds for any fighter in any fight in the promotion.

She is simply miles ahead of everyone else in her weight class.

If Shevchenko doesn’t end 2021 as the UFC flyweight champion, I will eat my hat.

Women’s Strawweight – Zhang Weili

In 2020, she was pushed by Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a contender for the greatest UFC fight of all time.

But the former champion’s face told you everything you need to know about the power of Weili. It’s scary how good this woman is, and I don’t see anyone in the strawweight division having the tools to beat her.

Zhang Weili will end 2021 as the champion of the UFC’s strawweight division.

All UFC Champions Predictions for 2021

Weight Class Current Champion Predicted Champion in 2021
Heavyweight Stipe Miocic Francis Ngannou
Light Heavyweight Jan Blachowicz Israel Adesanya
Middleweight Israel Adesanya Robert Whittaker
Welterweight Kamaru Usman Kamaru Usman
Lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov Khabib Nurmagomedov
Featherweight Alexander Volkanovski Max Holloway
Bantamweight Petr Yan Petr Yan
Flyweight Deiveson Figueiredo Deiveson Figueiredo
Women’s Featherweight Amanda Nunes Amanda Nunes
Women’s Bantamweight Amanda Nunes Amanda Nunes
Women’s Flyweight Valentina Shevchenko Valentina Shevchenko
Women’s Strawweight Weili Zhang Weili Zhang


 So there you have it. My predictions for all champions in the UFC at the end of 2021.

There will be more movement in the heavier weight classes, with pretty much no movement at all in the women’s divisions.

Will my prognostications come true?

More UFC Predictions for 2021

2021 should be a huge year for MMA, so making any end of year predictions in the UFC for the following 12 months is going to be more fun than ever.

You can find everything 2021 UFC-related in our MMA betting blog, so check in with us to see what’s on the cards.

Oh, and be sure to check out the latest UFC betting predictions in our UFC picks and betting tips section throughout 2021. There will be some huge championship fights going down in the new year and beyond, so don’t miss out.

So, how similar were your predictions to mine? Feel free to let me know in the comments section below.

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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