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 distance. And with the activity now in our rear view, let’s take a look at some possible matchups featuring some of the opponents in the day…
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexei Olinyk
Both of these heavyweights were powerful in their own charms at UFC 213, together with Overeem edging Fabricio Werdum via majority decision on the judges’ scorecards at a rubber match, and Oliynyk defeating Travis Browne by second-round rear-naked choke submission in striking, come-from-behind fashion. Overeem was expecting to earn a second name shot with this success, but UFC president Dana White confirmed that he will not be getting 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 in nyc.
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 think an opponent which is logical for his next excursion within 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, 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 submission to make his second consecutive victory within the Octagon. Because of his second bout, I want to watch him take on the man ranked right below him Matthew Lopez, who is coming from a first-round TKO of Johnny Eduardo and enjoys a two-fight winning streak. I believe this potential bantamweight contest should be the featured bout on the televised prelims for October’s UFC 216 at vegas.
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