The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Anaheim, CA for the first time in promotional history Saturday (July 29, 2017) with UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones II. It was an entertaining night of activity that saw half of the bouts end within the space, and with all the scraps now in our rear perspective, let us take a look at some potential matchups featuring some of the opponents in the day…
Daniel Cormier vs. Jimi Manuwa
Cormer lost his UFC light heavyweight title to former title holder Jon”Bones” Jones in a rematch through third-round TKO. That marked the defeat of his expert MMA career, with both coming against Jones. For his return fight following the reduction, I want to see him take on Manuwa, who also came up short at UFC 214, dropping to Volkan Oezdemir via knockout inside of the opening minute of the very first round of action. The Brit was on the edge 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 probably gotten made, but now that they both came up short, I think it still makes sense to put it all together. 2018 are a fantastic time to pit both from each other in what is a striker versus grappler matchup.
Tonya Evinger vs. Liz Carmouche
Evinger made her long-awaited UFC introduction, although a weight class above in the UFC’s new women’s featherweight division, where she competed for the branch’s vacant title against Cris”Cyborg” Justino. She came up short, losing the bout via third-round TKO, though she exhibited tremendous heart and won over many new fans. She’ll certainly be falling down to the UFC’s 135-pound branch for her next bout, where I would love to watch her take on Carmouche, that last saw action at UFC 205 last November at Madison Square Garden in nyc, where she defeated Katlyn Chookagian via split decision. I believe a possible Evinger versus Carmouche matchup will result in an excellent fit to the preliminary card for the UFC’s coming return visit to the Big Apple to get UFC 217.
Jason Knight vs. Renato Moicano
Knight and Moicano both came up short last 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 next round of their competition. Following the defeats, I think that it could make sense to pit these two fun featherweights against each other within the Octagon. This possible 145-pound contest would be a perfect match on the card to the UFC Fight Night in Virginia of November.
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