The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Las Vegas, NV last Saturday night (July 8, 2017) with UFC 213: Romero vs. Whittaker. It was a thrilling night of scraps that saw five of 11 bouts end within the distance. And with the action now in our rear view, let’s take a look at some possible matchups featuring some of the opponents from the day…
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexei Olinyk
Both of these heavyweights were successful in their charms at UFC 213, together with Overeem edging Fabricio Werdum via majority decision on the judges‘ scorecards at a rubber match, and Oliynyk defeating Travis Browne by second-round rear-naked choke entry in striking, come-from-behind style. Overeem was expecting to earn a second title shot with this victory, but UFC president Dana White confirmed that he will not be receiving it. I think a potential matchup against fellow veteran Oliynyk makes sense and would be a great fit for the main card to November’s UFC 217 at nyc.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis
Werdum came up short on the judges‘ scorecards against Overeem and will want to bounce back into the win column his second time out. I think an opponent which is logical for his next excursion inside the Octagon is Lewis, who said he was retiring following a fourth-round TKO loss to Mark Hunt but has since changed his tune. I believe this possible heavyweight showdown are the perfect main occasion for October’s UFC Fight Night in Brazil, where Werdum would like to have the house advantage.
Rob Font vs. Matthew Lopez
Font defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade via second-round guillotine-choke submission to make his second consecutive victory inside the Octagon. Because of his second bout, I want to see him take on the man rated right below him Matthew Lopez, who is coming off a first-round TKO of Johnny Eduardo and also enjoys a two-fight winning streak. I think this possible bantamweight contest ought to be the featured bout on the prelims for October’s UFC 216 in Las Vegas.
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