The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Las Vegas, NV this past Saturday night (July 8, 2017) using UFC 213: Romero vs. Whittaker. It had been a thrilling night of bits that saw five of 11 bouts end inside the distance. And with the action now in our rear view, let us look at some possible matchups featuring some of the opponents in the day…
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexei Olinyk
Both of these heavyweights were successful in their charms at UFC 213, together with Overeem edging Fabricio Werdum via majority decision on the judges’ scorecards in a rubber game, and Oliynyk beating Travis Browne by second-round rear-naked choke entry in impressive, come-from-behind style. Overeem was hoping to make a second name shot with this success, but UFC president Dana White verified that he won’t be getting it. I think a potential matchup against fellow veteran Oliynyk makes sense and are a great fit for the primary card to November’s UFC 217 at nyc.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis
Werdum came up short on the judges’ scorecards from Overeem and will be looking to bounce back into the win column his next time out. I believe an opponent that is logical for his next outing within the Octagon is Lewis, who said he was retiring after having a fourth-round TKO loss to Mark Hunt but has since changed his tune. I think this potential heavyweight showdown would be the ideal principal occasion for October’s UFC Fight Night in Brazil, where Werdum would figure to have the house advantage.
Rob Font vs. Matthew Lopez
Font defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade through second-round guillotine-choke submission to earn his second successive victory within the Octagon. For his second bout, I would like to watch him take on the guy rated right below him in Matthew Lopez, who is coming from a first-round TKO of Johnny Eduardo and enjoys a two-fight winning streak. I think this potential bantamweight contest ought to be the featured bout on the televised prelims for October’s UFC 216 in vegas.
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