20 Bold Predictions For 2020

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To paraphrase John Lennon: another hectic year of MMA is just over, a new one has just begun. What better way to get us going than with the, now traditional, 20 bold predictions for the year from myself, Sean Sheehan.

To go along with the predictions this year myself and Graeme recorded a light-hearted podcast to preview 2020’s predictions and review the (extremely accurate and almost not all wrong) batch from 2019.

That podcast is just under here. If you don’t want the podcast spoiled, stop scrolling as I have written the predictions below. Or if you just want to read them, keep scrolling and find my 2019 predictions HERE. Happy new year to all!

20 Bold Predictions For 2020

1. Jon Jones loses a fight
2. Conor McGregor fights Khabib Nurmagomedov in Saudi Arabia
3. Daniel Cormier fights twice
4. Amanda Nunes, Valentina Shevchenko and Israel Adesanya all remain undefeated
5. Tatiana Suarez wins a UFC title
6. Stephen Thompson wins a UFC title
7. 3 or fewer UFC title fights end in a submission
8. Zabit Magomedsharipov wins the UFC featherweight title
9. Ian Garry wins the Cage Warriors welterweight title
10. Demetrious Johnson re-signs with the UFC
11. Henry Cejudo loses both titles*
12. Brock Lesnar has a UFC fight
13. Reug Reug signs with Bellator
14. Kamaru Usman fights Jorge Masvidal and wins all 5 rounds
15. An Irishman fights for a Bellator title
16. Petr Yan wins the UFC bantamweight title
17. Zhang Weili Knocks out Joanna Jedrzejczyk
18. Rory MacDonald & Brendan Loughnane win the PFL million dollar tournaments
19. Anthony Pettis signs with Bellator
20. Khabib Nurmagomedov finishes Tony Ferguson inside 3 rounds.

*Henry Cejudo was reportedly stripped of his flyweight title hours after the podcast was recorded and the predictions were locked in. We shall review this next year, if needs be.

Podcaster, lead MMA writer and analyst for SevereMMA. Host of the SevereMMA podcast, out every Sunday. Economics and Mathematics graduate from UCC. Also write for Sherdog. Previously of hov-mma and fightbooth. As heard on 2FM, Red FM, Today FM and more. Follow me on twitter for updates @SeanSheehanBA and on Facebook Facebook.com/seansheehanmma