Fights to Make After UFC 212

Fights to Make After UFC 212

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After an entertaining night of fights that yours truly happened to go 3-1 on with bets (you’re welcome for those of you that took my advice) we’re gonna rattle off some of the big names that won and lost last night, and what their next moves should be.

Raphael Assuncao def. Marlon Moraes via split decision:

 

 

It wasn’t the debut Moraes was hoping for in a lackluster showing by both men in the main event of the pre-lims. For Moraes, a scrap with aging former contender and #11 ranked Eddie Wineland could be an entertaining show for the fans, as well as a good chance for Moraes to pick up his first UFC win. For Assuncao, he’s ranked #3, but hasn’t wowed anyone recently. I believe there are two options here.. one is a fight with former champ Dominick Cruz in a #1 contender bout, and option two would be facing the winner of #5 ranked Jimmie Rivera and #8 ranked Thomas Almeida.

Fights to Make:

Marlon Moraes vs #11 Eddie Wineland.

#3 Raphael Assuncao vs #1 Dominick Cruz.

 

Yancy Medeiros def Erik Silva via 2nd round TKO.

 

 

Man here come the Hawaiians… Between Holloway, Medeiros, and Brad Tavares there’s some serious Hawaiian talent rising through the UFC ranks. Meseiros now has back to back finishes at 170 pounds and has looked spectacular. A fight against #14 ranked veteran Matt Brown in Hawaii would be a great test to see what Medeiros is all about.

Fight to Make:

Yancy Medeiros vs #14 Matt Brown.

 

Paulo Borrachinha def. Oluwale Bamgbose via 2nd round TKO.

 

We may have seen a star be born last night in Borrachinha. He entered the fight 9-0 with 9 finishes, and left a perfect 10-0 with 10 finishes. He’s got everything going for him, he’s young, exciting, out spoken and a pretty good looking dude which all make him very marketable. Just two fights into his UFC career there’s no need to rush him, but a step up in competition against a veteran middleweight like #10 ranked David Branch or #13 ranked Uriah Hall would be a great next step for the rising star.

Fight to Make:

Paulo Borrachinha vs #10 David Branch.

 

Vitor Belfort def. Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision.

 

 

For both men I think it’s time to hang up the gloves. But after his win Vitor claimed he wanted 5 more fights in the UFC… Yikers. I don’t think the UFC will start feeding him to the young wolves because it’d be terrible for business if a man died in the cage. So how about we run back that classic fight Vitor had with Anderson Silva? Should be fun, and it’s the best way to market two 40 year old guys.

Fights to Make:

#11 Vitor Belfort vs #7 Anderson Silva.

Nate Marquardt, retire.

 

Claudia Gadelha def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via 1st round submission.

 

 

Man, Claudia is one hell of a fighter. I really do have a tough time running a third fight between her and Joanna though with Joanna being 2-0 against her. These are two of the toughest calls to make on this card.

Fights to Make:

#2 Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs #6 Michelle Waterson.

#1 Clauda Gadelha vs #3 Rose Namajunas (#1 contender fight).

 

Max Holloway def Jose Aldo via 3rd round TKO.

 

 

Max Holloway, at only 25 years old is officially a super-star. He stopped one of the greatest fighters of all-time in route to his 11 straight win. Holloway has all but cleared out the division during his 11 fight run, except for one man.. the man that could be his toughest test to date, Frankie Edgar. Should Max get through Frankie and rattle off a few more wins, look for clamor to start for a rematch with the last man to beat him back in 2013, Conor McGregor. For Aldo, there is no clear path. Stay at 145 and try for one more run? Move up to 155 for a fresh start? Or hang up the gloves and be remembered as the dominant champ he was? I’m leaning towards a move to 155.

Fights to Make:

(C) Max Holloway vs #2 Frankie Edgar.

#1 Jose Aldo vs #4 Edson Barboza.

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