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 a thrilling night of bits that watched five of 11 bouts end inside the space. And with the action now in our rear perspective, let’s take a look at some potential matchups featuring some of the opponents from the day…
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexei Olinyk
Both these heavyweights were powerful in their bouts at UFC 213, together with Overeem trimming Fabricio Werdum through 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 fashion. Overeem was expecting to make another name shot with this victory, but UFC president Dana White confirmed he will not be getting it. I think a possible matchup against fellow veteran Oliynyk makes sense and are a good match for the primary card to November’s UFC 217 at nyc.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis
Werdum came up short on the judges’ scorecards from Overeem and will be looking to bounce back to the win column his next time out. I think an opponent which is logical 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 believe this possible heavyweight showdown would be the perfect main occasion for October’s UFC Fight Night in Brazil, in which Werdum would figure to have the house advantage.
Rob Font vs. Matthew Lopez
Font defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade via second-round guillotine-choke entry to earn his second successive victory inside the Octagon. Because of his next bout, I want to see him take on the guy rated right below him in Matthew Lopez, who is coming off a first-round TKO of Johnny Eduardo and enjoys a two-fight winning series. I believe this possible bantamweight contest should be the featured bout on the prelims for October’s UFC 216 in Las Vegas.
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