The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Anaheim, CA for the seventh time in promotional history Saturday (July 29, 2017) using UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones II. It was a fun night of action that saw half the bouts end within the space, and together with all the scraps now in our rear view, let’s look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the competitors in the day…
Daniel Cormier vs. Jimi Manuwa
Cormer dropped his UFC light heavyweight title to former title holder Jon”Bones” Jones in a rematch through third-round TKO. That marked the next official defeat of his pro MMA career, with both against Jones. For his return fight following the reduction, I want to watch him take on Manuwa, who came up short at UFC 214, dropping to Volkan Oezdemir via knockout inside of the opening moment of the very first round of activity. The Brit was on the brink of a title shot but will now have to return for another look at the board. In case Cormier and Manuwa won, this struggle would have likely gotten made, but now that they came up short, I believe it still makes sense to put it together. 2018 would be a fantastic time to pit these two against each other in what would be a striker versus grappler matchup.
Tonya Evinger vs. Liz Carmouche
Evinger made her long-awaited UFC introduction, although a weight class above from the UFC’s new women’s featherweight division, where she collaborated for the branch’s empty title against Cris”Cyborg” Justino. She came up short, losing the bout via third-round TKO, though she displayed tremendous heart and won over many new fans. She’ll certainly be dropping down to the UFC’s 135-pound division for her next bout, in which I would love to see her shoot on Carmouche, who last saw action at UFC 205 last November in Madison Square Garden in nyc, where she defeated Katlyn Chookagian via split decision. I think a possible Evinger versus Carmouche matchup would make for an superb match to the card to the UFC’s coming return trip to the Big Apple for UFC 217.
Jason Knight vs. Renato Moicano
Knight and Moicano both came up short this past Saturday night, together with Knight suffering a first-round TKO loss to Ricardo Lamas and Moicano being submitted using a guillotine choke by Brian Ortega in the third round of their contest. Following the defeats, I think that it would make sense to pit these two fun. This potential 145-pound competition would be an ideal fit on the card to the UFC Fight Night in Virginia of November.
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