MATCHES TO MAKE FOLLOWING UFC 212
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the eight time in promotional background Saturday (June 3, 2017) using UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway. It was a solid night of scraps which saw nine of 12 bouts ending inside the space, and with the struggles now in our rear view, let’s look at some possible matchups featuring a few of the competitors in the evening…
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Holloway dethroned Jose Aldo to turn into brand new king at 145 pounds, and because of his first official title defense, I think it would make most sense for him to carry on Frankie Edgar, as that’s a matchup fight fans are trying to watch for a little while now. Another potential candidate for a title shot in Cub Swanson, but his last loss came in the hands of Holloway in a really decisive fashion. That is not a fight that peaks the interest of fight fans, as Holloway will be expected to be a massive favorite. The Edgar battle is one where anything could happen, so everyone wants to watch it. I think this potential featherweight title would are an excellent fit to primary event UFC 216 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Rose Namajunas
Gadelha made short work of Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz, defeating her from rear-naked choke entry from the very first round of activity. She enjoys a two-fight winning series, and for her next outing within the Octagon, I want to watch her shoot on Namajunas in a title eliminator. Both fighters earned rapid victories in their latest bouts, so I want to see them make a quick turnaround to co-main occasion August’s UFC Fight Night in Mexico City.
Brian Kelleher vs. Bryan Caraway
Kelleher earned a first-round guillotine-choke submission over veteran Iuri Alcantara in what had been a picture perfect promotional debut for the 30-year-old, who employed his post-fight speech to ask for a Top 10 ranked opponent for a fast turnaround on the coming Long Island card at July. I think an opponent that makes sense is Caraway, that has not seen action since a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling just over a year ago. I think this is a pairing that is reasonable for both fighters and would be a fantastic fit anyplace on the Long Island card.
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