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 was an exciting night of bits that saw five of 11 bouts end inside the space. And with the action now in our rear view, let us look at some possible matchups featuring some of the opponents from the day…
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexei Olinyk
Both of these heavyweights were successful in their bouts at UFC 213, with Overeem trimming Fabricio Werdum via majority decision about the judges’ scorecards in a rubber game, and Oliynyk defeating Travis Browne by second-round rear-naked choke entry in striking, come-from-behind fashion. Overeem was hoping to make a second name shot with this victory, but UFC president Dana White confirmed that he won’t be receiving it. I think a potential matchup against fellow veteran Oliynyk makes sense and would be a good fit for the primary card to November’s UFC 217 in nyc.
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 next time out. I think an opponent that is logical for his next outing inside the Octagon is Lewis, who said he was retiring following a fourth-round TKO loss to Mark Hunt but has since changed his tune. I believe this possible heavyweight showdown are the ideal main 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 via second-round guillotine-choke entry to earn his second successive victory inside the Octagon. Because of his next bout, I would like to watch him take on the man rated right below him in Matthew Lopez, who is coming from a first-round TKO of Johnny Eduardo and also enjoys a two-fight winning streak. I think this potential bantamweight contest should be the featured bout on the televised prelims for October’s UFC 216 in Las Vegas.
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