MATCHES TO MAKE AFTER UFC 213
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Las Vegas, NV this past Saturday night (July 8, 2017) with UFC 213: Romero vs. Whittaker. It had been an exciting night of scraps that saw five of 11 bouts end inside the space. With the activity now in our rear view, let us take a look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the competitors from the day…
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexei Olinyk
Both these heavyweights were powerful in their bouts at UFC 213, together with Overeem edging Fabricio Werdum through majority decision on the judges’ scorecards at a rubber match, and Oliynyk defeating Travis Browne by second-round rear-naked choke submission in impressive, come-from-behind fashion. Overeem was expecting to earn another 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 great match 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 into the win column his next time out. I believe an opponent which makes sense for his next outing inside 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 believe this potential heavyweight showdown would be the perfect 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 entry to earn his second consecutive victory within the Octagon. For his second bout, I want to see him take on the guy ranked right below him Matthew Lopez, who is 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 Las Vegas.
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