The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the eight years in promotional background last Saturday (June 3, 2017) with UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway. It was a good night of scraps which found nine of 12 bouts ending inside the distance, and with all the fights currently in our rear perspective, let us take a look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the competitors from the evening…
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Holloway dethroned Jose Aldo to become to brand new king at 145 pounds, and for his first official name defense, I think it would make most sense for him to carry on Frankie Edgar, as that’s a matchup fight fans have been trying to watch for a little while today. Another potential candidate for a title shot in Cub Swanson, but his last loss came at the hands of Holloway in a very decisive fashion. That is not a battle that peaks the interest of fight fans, as Holloway would be expected to be a massive favorite. The Edgar battle is one where anything could happen, so everybody would like to see it. I believe this possible featherweight title would would be an excellent match 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 by rear-naked choke entry in the very first form of activity. She now enjoys a two-fight winning streak, and for her next outing inside the Octagon, I want to see her shoot on Namajunas at a title eliminator. Both fighters earned rapid victories in their latest bouts, so I would like to see them create a fast 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 entry over veteran Iuri Alcantara in what was a picture perfect promotional introduction for the 30-year-old, who used his post-fight speech to request a Top 10 ranked opponent for a quick turnaround on the coming Long Island card in July. I believe an opponent that makes sense is Caraway, who hasn’t seen action as a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling just over a year ago. I think that is a pairing that is reasonable for both fighters and would be a good fit anyplace on the Long Island fight card.
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