The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Las Vegas, NV this past Saturday night (July 8, 2017) using UFC 213: Romero vs. Whittaker. It had been an exciting night of bits that saw five of 11 bouts end within the space. With the action now in our rear perspective, let’s take a look at some possible matchups featuring a few of the competitors in the evening…
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexei Olinyk
Both these heavyweights were successful in their bouts at UFC 213, together with Overeem edging Fabricio Werdum via majority decision about 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 name shot with this success, but UFC president Dana White verified that he won’t be receiving it. I believe 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 against Overeem and will be looking to bounce back to the win column his second time out. I believe an opponent which makes sense for his next outing within the Octagon is Lewis, who said 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 are the ideal principal event for October’s UFC Fight Night in Brazil, in which Werdum would figure to have the home advantage.
Rob Font vs. Matthew Lopez
Font defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade via second-round guillotine-choke submission to make his second successive victory within the Octagon. Because of his second bout, I would like to see him take on the man rated right below him in Matthew Lopez, who’s coming from a first-round TKO of Johnny Eduardo and enjoys a two-fight winning series. I think this potential bantamweight contest should be the featured bout on the televised prelims for October’s UFC 216 at vegas.
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