The main event at UFC 246 could not have gone better for Dana White. With Conor McGregor emerging victorious in just 40 seconds over Donald Cerrone, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has officially crashed the gates of 2020 with a ton of momentum now that their biggest star is back in business.
So, how can Dana and Co. make the best possible use of this boost in attention? It's time to propose four superfights that can set the UFC world on fire this year.
1. Israel Adesanya vs. Jon Jones
No disrespect to Izzy, but we don't know if anyone in the fighting world has the ability to beat Jon Jones. But given how impressive Adesanya has been of late, including a dismantling of Robert Whittaker at UFC 243, who's to say he can't be the one? Jones still only has one loss in his professional career, though he only won by split decision in his last fight. It's possible that he's beginning to show signs of mortality -- and even better, these two have a growing history of bad blood. The Stylebender has constantly taunted Jones on social media, including making fun of his physique after his weigh-in for UFC 239. If he's ready to move to 205 pounds for a super-fight, it simply must be made.
2. Aljamain Sterling vs. Henry Cejudo
There is no denying the entertainment value of Triple C. From props at weigh-ins to videos demanding rival fighters "bend the knee," Henry Cejudo demands attention with every move. One fighter that should worry him in the bantamweight conversation, however, is Aljamain Sterling, who has only lost once since April 2017. After winning on Cejudo's undercard at UFC 238, Sterling called out the 135-pound champ in no uncertain terms, and he could be Dana White's best shot to get rid of someone who has been a thorn in his side. Cejudo would rather fight Jose Aldo, and we don't blame him -- but Aljo presents a far more fearsome challenge.
3. GSP Unretires to Fight Khabib or Usman
It's time to get Georges St-Pierre back in the game! He may be technically retired, but GSP is far from washed at age 38. He only fought seven times in the last decade (and once since 2013) and never lost. The fight may make little sense on paper, but Khabib Nurmagomedov has identified St-Pierre as a dream opponent. And is there a better test for welterweight titlist Kamaru Usman's potential legacy than a bout with the greatest 170-pound champion of all time?
4. Conor McGregor vs. Jorge Masvidal
There's only one way Conor McGregor can break mixed martial arts pay-per-view records with his next fight: by fighting Jorge Masvidal. "Gamebred" has done nothing but impress over the last year, both in the Octagon and in the media, ever since he knocked out Ben Askren in five seconds in July. Should these two agree to fight, it would immediately become one the most memorable, hyped-up events in the history of the UFC. The pre-fight trash talk. The promos. The violence that is sure to be in store. A Conor vs. Jorge fight would be the perfect way send this new MMA decade into the stratosphere.