In some ways, the primary half of 2020 felt prefer it took three years to get by. Combined martial arts, identical to the remainder of the world, encountered unprecedented issues — issues which finally led to the shutdown of your complete sport. However now the battle sport is off and working once more.

With worldwide athletes set to return to the fold on the UFC’s Struggle Island, and a full slate of occasions already lining the schedule, there’s loads to stay up for over the subsequent six months. So what battle is catching your eye essentially the most? And what potential matchup can be the best choice in your year-end wishlist?

The Athletic’s MMA employees — Shaheen Al-Shatti, Ben Fowlkes and Greg Rosenstein — regarded forward to sort out these questions beneath. Bounce within the feedback part and tell us what you suppose.

Set battle I’m most wanting ahead to

Al-Shatti: Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier 3

I do know we’ve had method too many…