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 a thrilling night of bits that saw five of 11 bouts end inside the space. With the action now in our rear perspective, let us look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the competitors in the evening…
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexei Olinyk
Both these heavyweights were powerful in their charms at UFC 213, with Overeem trimming Fabricio Werdum via majority decision on the judges’ scorecards in a rubber match, and Oliynyk beating Travis Browne by second-round rear-naked choke entry in impressive, come-from-behind fashion. Overeem was expecting to make a second title shot with this success, but UFC president Dana White confirmed he will not be getting it. I believe a possible matchup against fellow veteran Oliynyk makes sense and would be a good match 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 want to bounce back to the win column his next time out. I believe an opponent that makes sense for his next excursion 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 potential heavyweight showdown are the ideal main occasion for October’s UFC Fight Night in Brazil, in which Werdum would figure to have the home advantage.
Rob Font vs. Matthew Lopez
Font defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade via second-round guillotine-choke entry to earn his second consecutive victory inside the Octagon. Because of his second bout, I would like to see him take on the guy ranked right below him in Matthew Lopez, who is coming off a first-round TKO of Johnny Eduardo and also enjoys a two-fight winning streak. 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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