The UFC has some impressive fights lined up for February, these are just three.
The UFC has only a handful of fights announced for February, which, to be fair, is still far more than Bellator has at the moment. The company is putting its best foot forward as it prepares for the month of March, which will see several huge title fights and huge opportunities throughout the divisions.
That doesn’t mean February doesn’t have anything worth watching. Sure, March is loaded, but February has a title fight, as well as several big storylines to follow. Personally, a fighter’s natural story arc, not the one that’s promoted in pressers or interviews, but their actual life story is what sells a fight the most.
Is this a legend’s lance dance or a top prospect’s first hurtle? Those are the questions that make fights so much more compelling compared to the faked, pro wrestling drama that the sport has really leaned on. That’s why these three fights got picked because these are the fights with the best built-in story.
Alistair Overeem is 4-1 in his last five fights and despite being 40-years-old is making a run for another shot at the UFC heavyweight title. Every fight and every win he accumulates is one step closer to that fight. Very few fighters in their 40’s ever get a title shot, and if Overeem can take down the former Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov, he may even be able to get in behind Jon Jones in the pecking order. That being said, despite Overeem being the long-time favorite, Volkov is fighting for the same opportunities. Just that, at 32, no one is willing to say that this is his last shot if he doesn’t win. For Overeem, it very well may be.
When a phenom who vowed to be the youngest champion ever loses against a beloved, but streaky fighter, what does that mean for her future? That’s what Maycee Barber has to figure out. Barber hasn’t been seen since losing to Roxanne Modafferi in January 2020. Barber suffered a severe knee injury and took her first loss in the process. For Barber, being an undefeated champion younger than anyone has ever been in the UFC seems like a dashed dream. Barber’s return is a storyline worth checking out because if she can correct her course and get back on track, she’ll be an exciting fight every time out. If she can’t? Then she’ll be the biggest “What If?” this side of Gina Carano in the UFC.
Jiri Prochazka. That’s it. That’s the reason. He’s going to open a lot of eyes in 2021. He hasn’t lost in six years when he was 22 and taking on a still-prime Muhammed Lawal, in what was his third fight in three days and his second fight on the same card. He’s walking annihilation with 24-wins coming by KO/TKO and 10 of those being straight up KO’s. Only once in his entire career has ever gone to decision, period. Fighting Dominick Reyes should catapult him over everyone in the light heavyweight division and make him next in line for either Israel Adesanya or Jan Blachowicz. Anytime Prochazka fights, he’s going to be worth the price of admission.