The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Las Vegas, NV last Saturday night (July 8, 2017) with UFC 213: Romero vs. Whittaker. It had been an exciting night of bits that watched five of 11 bouts end within the distance. And with the action now in our rear view, let us take a look at some possible matchups featuring a few of the competitors from the evening…
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexei Olinyk
Both of these heavyweights were successful in their charms at UFC 213, together with Overeem edging Fabricio Werdum through majority decision about the judges’ scorecards at a rubber game, and Oliynyk defeating Travis Browne by second-round rear-naked choke entry in striking, come-from-behind style. Overeem was hoping to earn a second name shot with this victory, but UFC president Dana White verified he won’t be getting it. I think a potential matchup against fellow veteran Oliynyk makes sense and would be a good match 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 to the win column his second time out. I believe an opponent that is logical for his next excursion inside 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 believe this potential heavyweight showdown would be the ideal principal occasion for October’s UFC Fight Night in Brazil, where Werdum would figure to have the house advantage.
Rob Font vs. Matthew Lopez
Font defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade through second-round guillotine-choke submission to make his second successive victory within the Octagon. Because of his next bout, I would like to see him take on the man ranked right below him Matthew Lopez, who is coming from a first-round TKO of Johnny Eduardo and also enjoys a two-fight winning streak. I believe this potential bantamweight contest ought to be the featured bout on the prelims for October’s UFC 216 at vegas.
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