The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the eight time in promotional background last Saturday (June 3, 2017) with UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway. It was a good night of scraps which saw nine of 12 bouts ending within the space, and with all the fights currently in our rear perspective, let’s look at some possible matchups featuring a few of the opponents in the evening…
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Holloway dethroned Jose Aldo to become to brand new king at 145 lbs, and for his first official title defense, I think it would make most sense for him to take on Frankie Edgar, as that is a matchup fight fans are trying to see for a little while today. The other possible candidate for a title shot in Cub Swanson, but his last loss came in the hands of Holloway in a really decisive fashion. That’s not a battle that peaks the interest of fight fans, as Holloway will be anticipated to be a massive favorite. The Edgar fight is one in so everybody would like to watch it. I think this potential featherweight title would would be an excellent fit to main event UFC 216 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Rose Namajunas
Gadelha made brief work of Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz, beating her from rear-naked choke submission from the very first form of action. She now enjoys a two-fight winning series, also for her next excursion inside the Octagon, I want to watch her shoot on Namajunas in a title eliminator. Both fighters earned quick victories in their most recent bouts, so I want to see them create a quick turnaround to co-main event August’s UFC Fight Night in Mexico City.
Brian Kelleher vs. Bryan Caraway
Kelleher gained a first-round guillotine-choke entry over veteran Iuri Alcantara in what had been a picture perfect promotional introduction for the 30-year-old, who employed his post-fight address to ask for a Top 10 ranked opponent for a fast turnaround on the upcoming Long Island card in July. I believe an opponent which makes sense is Caraway, who hasn’t seen action as a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling only over a year ago. I think that is a pairing that makes sense for the two fighters and would be a fantastic fit anywhere on the Long Island card.
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