From berserkers to precision punchers to an OnlyFans model, Suspect Chin has put together its top 5 fight list for January 2022. There are less freak show bouts and more legitimate contests for the first month of 2022, so slam your face into this hit list.
No. 1: Francis Ngannou vs Cyril Gane at UFC 270 on Jan. 22 to unify the UFC heavyweight title. No-brainer and top-spot grabber as Alistair Overeem’s butcher, Ngannou takes on the 10-0 Gane for the baddest motherfucker in the UFC.
SC picks Ngannou to win.
Side note: This card also features OnlyFans model Kay Hansen vs Jasmine Jasudavicius at flyweight.
No. 2: Tyrone Spong vs Sergei Kharitonov at Eagle Fighting Championship on Jan. 28. Spong, one of the top kickboxers ever, takes on the tough-as-nails Russian in MMA. This fight packs a big fucking punch.
SC picks Spong to win.
Side note: This card is scheduled to feature former UFC champion Rashad Evans after a three-and-a-half year layoff.
No. 3: Ryan Bader (c) vs Valentin Moldavsky at Bellator 273 on Jan. 29 for the Bellator heavyweight title. Fedor Emelianenko said if Bader wins he wants a rematch, according to Bellator president, Scott Coker.
SC picks Moldavsky to win.
Side note: I watched Bader destroy Fedor live at The Forum and it was a soul-crushing experience.
No. 4: Alesha Zappitella (c) vs. Jéssica Delboni at Invicta FC 45 on Jan. 12 in a rematch for the atomweight title. The first fight tested their limits and could have gone either way, but Half Pint pulled out the split decision.
SC picks Zappitella to win.
Side note: Zappitella has a YouTube channel where she used to do eating challenges and it should make a comeback.
No. 5: Quentin Henry vs Chris Sarro at BKFC Jackson on Jan. 29. I’m expecting these two snarling cavemen to put on a fan-friendly slugfest.
SC picks Henry to win.
Side note: I support any fighter who wears the U.S. stars and stripes trunks because it reminds me of Don Frye and PrideFC.
Other notable bouts
Bare Knuckle Boxing
Jan. 29: Former UFC contender Alan Belcher vs Bobo O’Bannon at BKFC Jackson.
Jan. 29: Two-sport fighter Claressa Shields (c) vs Ema Kozin for the WBC, WBA and IBF women’s middleweight titles.
Jan. 22: Evan Holyfield (Evander’s son) vs. Chris Rollins on Showtime.
Mixed Martial Arts
Jan. 14: Former UFC contender Yushin Okami vs Leandro Ataides at ONE Championship.
Jan. 29: Bellator 273 sees the returns of former UFC champion Benson Henderson in a lightweight bout and former Bellator champion Darrion Caldwell in a bantamweight bout.