The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Anaheim, CA for the seventh time in promotional history last Saturday (July 29, 2017) with UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones II. It was a fun night of activity that saw half the bouts end within the space, and with all the bits today in our rear view, let us take a look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the competitors in the day…
Daniel Cormier vs. Jimi Manuwa
Cormer dropped his UFC light heavyweight title to former name holder Jon»Bones» Jones in a rematch via third-round TKO. That marked the official defeat of his MMA career, with both 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 the opening minute of the very first round of activity. The Brit was on the brink of a title shot but will have to go back for another look at the board. In case Cormier and Manuwa won, this fight would have likely gotten made, but now that they came up short, I believe it makes sense to put it all together. 2018 would be a fantastic time to pit these two against each other in what would be a striker versus grappler matchup.
Tonya Evinger vs. Liz Carmouche
Evinger made her long-awaited UFC debut, although a weight class above in the UFC’s new women’s featherweight division, where she competed for the division’s vacant title against Cris»Cyborg» Justino. She came up short, losing the bout through third-round TKO, though she exhibited tremendous heart and won over many new fans. She will surely be dropping down into the UFC’s 135-pound branch for her next bout, where I’d like to see her take on Carmouche, who last saw action at UFC 205 last November in Madison Square Garden in nyc, where she conquered Katlyn Chookagian via split decision. I believe a possible Evinger versus Carmouche matchup would result in an excellent fit to the preliminary card to the UFC’s coming return trip 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 filed using a guillotine choke by Brian Ortega in the third round of their contest. After the beats, I think it would make sense to pit these two fun. This potential competition would be an ideal fit on the card to November’s UFC Fight Night in Virginia.
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