The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Las Vegas, NV last Saturday night (July 8, 2017) using UFC 213: Romero vs. Whittaker. It was an exciting night of scraps that saw five of 11 bouts end within the distance. With the activity now in our rear view, let’s take a look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the opponents from the day…
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexei Olinyk
Both these heavyweights were successful in their own charms at UFC 213, together with Overeem edging Fabricio Werdum through majority decision about the judges’ scorecards in a rubber match, and Oliynyk beating Travis Browne by second-round rear-naked choke entry in striking, come-from-behind fashion. Overeem was expecting to earn a second name shot with this success, but UFC president Dana White verified he will not be getting it. I think a possible matchup against fellow veteran Oliynyk makes sense and are a good fit for the main card to November’s UFC 217 at New York City.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis
Werdum came up short on the judges’ scorecards from Overeem and will want to bounce back to the win column his next time out. I think an opponent which makes sense for his next outing within the Octagon is Lewis, who said that he was retiring after having a fourth-round TKO loss to Mark Hunt but has since changed his tune. I think this possible heavyweight showdown would be the ideal principal 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 earn his second successive victory within the Octagon. For his second bout, I want to watch him take on the guy ranked right below him Matthew Lopez, who’s coming from a first-round TKO of Johnny Eduardo and also enjoys a two-fight winning streak. I believe this potential bantamweight contest should be the featured bout on the prelims for October’s UFC 216 in vegas.
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