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UFC: Who Will Be Champions At the End of 2020?

UFC Future Champs

The UFC has concluded its final card of 2019 and what a year it was. Of the 12 weight divisions among the men and women, there were seven new champions, with one division, women’s strawweight, having two new champions in Jessica Andrade and the current champ, Zhang Weili. This begs the question of who will be in possession of the gold at the end of 2020.

Online sportsbook Bovada has released odds on all the weight divisions and who may be the title holders at the end of next year, including whether the BMF title will be defended. I’m going to look into a couple of divisions where I think a new champion will be crowned and who I think that may be.

Women’s Strawweight Division

This division was dominated by Joanna Jedrzejczyk for several years until she was stopped by Rose Namajunas. “Thug” held the belt for a while before she was finished by Jessica Andrade, who was stopped by Zhang Weili, all within a span of two years – what a wild division. Weili is the +250 favorite to hold on to her belt at the end of 2020. She is an extremely well-rounded fighter and very well could have a long reign as champion, with her first defense coming against Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248 in March.

However, news came out in late 2019 that Rose Namajunas will be returning to the Octagon, likely in early 2020. She has odds of +850 to reclaim her strap and that’s the wager I love. Thug Rose came up through the ranks with her incredible grappling and submission skills but her striking evolved along the way to the point that she stood toe to toe with Jedrzejczyk for five rounds, winning a decisive unanimous decision. I think if she is reinvigorated, as she claims, she could get a tune-up fight in early 2020 and a title shot later in the year.

Men’s Bantamweight Division

In 2019, Henry Cejudo (+140) made the jump from the flyweight division up to the bantamweight division and earned a third-round knockout win over Marlon Moraes to win the vacant belt. T.J. Dillashaw was the champion but was stripped after testing positive for a banned substance and was handed a two-year suspension. It is a stacked division with many worthy challengers. One of those I like is Jose Aldo, who may be getting the next shot, but he’s not on the list. So, my second option is Petr Yan at +350.

The Russian native is an absolute problem for the bantamweight division. He is relentless with great wrestling and exceptional striking, and he also can push the pace from the moment the fight starts right until the final horn goes off. He should be a bigger man than Cejudo and has all the skills to be champ. He likely has one more fight before a title shot; I’d say he will fight Marlon Moraes as a No. 1 contender bout.

Men’s Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Division

The focus for this section is mostly for the heavyweight division, but to talk about the big boys, the 205-pound champ also has to mentioned. Stipe Miocic reclaimed his title after knocking out Daniel Cormier at UFC 241 in August and it’s hard to really find a clear challenger at this point. Many would say Francis Ngannou, but we saw that in early 2018 and Miocic completely outclassed the Predator, so that fight doesn’t excite a lot of people. The Miocic-DC trilogy is on the table, but I think we get the same result as the last time.

There is a beast hiding in the shadows, though, who has expressed that there’s a high chance he makes the jump to the heavyweight division and that’s Jon “Bones” Jones. The arguably GOAT is defending his light heavyweight belt against Dominick Reyes in February 2020 and he’s already tried to get a fight with Miocic. The current heavyweight champ is dealing with an injury, though, so Jones remains at LHW at the moment. If Jones defends his belt in fine fashion, he could get a heavyweight title fight straight away so getting him at +400 is great value. With Bones leaving the light heavyweight division, a new champ would emerge for LHW and I think Anthony Smith at +850 could be an interesting wager.

Here’s a look at the full list of odds for future UFC champions:

Who will be the UFC heavyweight champion at the end of 2020?
WinnerOdds
Stipe Miocic+200
Jon Jones+400
Francis Ngannou+400
Junior dos Santos+600
Daniel Cormier+650
Curtis Blaydes+650
Jairzinho Rozenstruik+950
Derrick Lewis+1100

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada

Who will be the UFC Light heavyweight champion at the end of 2020?
WinnerOdds
Jon Jones -200
Thiago Santos+500
Dominick Reyes+700
Corey Anderson+700
Johnny Walker+800
Jan Blachowicz+850
Anthony Smith+850

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada

Who will be the UFC middleweight champion at the end of 2020?
WinnerOdds
Israel Adesanya+150
Paulo Costa+290
Jared Cannonier+550
Robert Whittaker+600
Edmen Shahbazyan+750
Darren Till+900
Yoel Romero+950
Kelvin Gastelum+1100
Anderson Silva+1800

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada

Who will be the UFC welterweight champion at the end of 2020?
WinnerOdds
Kamaru Usman+175
Jorge Masvidal+250
Leon Edwards+300
Colby Covington+800
Tyron Woodley+800
Conor McGregor+900
Nate Diaz +1000
Demian Maia+1000

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada

Who will be the UFC lightweight champion at the end of 2020?
WinnerOdds
Khabib Nurmagomedov+105
Tony Ferguson+400
Conor McGregor+400
Justin Gaethje+500
Dustin Poirier+850
Donald Cerrone+1000
Dan Hooker+1200
Islam Makhachev+1200

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada

Who will be the UFC featherweight champion at the end of 2020?
WinnerOdds
Max Holloway+250
Alex Volkanovski+300
Zabit Magomedsharipov+450
Yair Rodriguez+450
Brian Ortega+600
Shane Burgos+600
Frankie Edgar+700
Chan Sung Jung+950

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada

Who will be the UFC bantamweight champion at the end of 2020?
WinnerOdds
Henry Cejudo+140
Petr Yan+350
Aljamain Sterling+375
Cory Sandhagen+600
Marlon Moraes+700
Pedro Munhoz+800
Marlon Vera+1000
Yadong Song+1100

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada

Who will be the UFC Women’s featherweight champion at the end of 2020?
WinnerOdds
Amanda Nunes-300
Megan Anderson+375
Felicia Spencer+375
Leah Letson+550
Zarah dos Santos+1100

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada

Who will be the UFC Women’s bantamweight champion at the end of 2020?
WinnerOdds
Amanda Nunes-290
Aspen Ladd+600
Julianna Pena+700
Irene Aldana+800
Lina Lansberg+900
Ketlen Vieira+1000
Yana Kunitskaya+1000

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada

Who will be the UFC Women’s Strawweight champion at the end of 2020?
WinnerOdds
Zhang Weili+250
Joanna Jedrzejczyk+275
Tatiana Suarez+300
Jessica Andrade+750
Rose Namajunas+850
Marina Rodriguez+850
Cynthia Calvillo+1100
Nina Ansaroff+1400
Claudia Gadelha+1500
Carla Esparza+1500

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada

Who will be the UFC BMF champion at the end of 2020?
WinnerOdds
Jorge Masvidal-1000
Any Other Fighter+600

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada