The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Las Vegas, NV last Saturday night (July 8, 2017) using UFC 213: Romero vs. Whittaker. It had been a thrilling night of scraps that watched five of 11 bouts end inside the space. With the activity now in our rear perspective, let us take a look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the competitors in the evening…
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexei Olinyk
Both of these heavyweights were powerful in their own bouts at UFC 213, together with Overeem edging Fabricio Werdum through majority decision about the judges’ scorecards at 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 success, but UFC president Dana White verified he won’t be receiving it. I believe a potential matchup against fellow veteran Oliynyk makes sense and would be a great fit for the primary card to November’s UFC 217 in New York City.
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 second time out. I believe an opponent which is logical for his next outing within 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 think this possible heavyweight showdown are the ideal 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 through second-round guillotine-choke submission to make his second successive victory inside the Octagon. Because of his next bout, I would like to see him take on the guy rated right below him Matthew Lopez, who’s 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 at Las Vegas.
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