The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Anaheim, CA for the first time in promotional history last Saturday (July 29, 2017) using UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones II. It was a fun night of action that saw half the bouts end within the distance, and together with the scraps today in our rear view, let’s take a look at some potential matchups featuring some of the opponents from the day…
Daniel Cormier vs. Jimi Manuwa
Cormer lost his UFC light heavyweight title to former title holder Jon”Bones” Jones in a rematch through third-round TKO. That marked the next official defeat of his MMA career, with both from Jones. For his return struggle following the reduction, I want to watch him shoot on Manuwa, who also came up short at UFC 214, losing to Volkan Oezdemir via knockout inside the opening moment of the very first round of activity. The Brit was on the edge of a title shot but will finally have to return for one more look at the board. In case Cormier and Manuwa won, this fight would have probably gotten produced, but now that they came up short, I believe it still makes sense to put it together. Early 2018 would be a fantastic time to pit these two against each other in what is a classic striker versus grappler matchup.
Tonya Evinger vs. Liz Carmouche
Evinger made her long-awaited UFC introduction, although a weight class above in the UFC’s new women’s featherweight division, where she collaborated for the branch’s empty title against Cris”Cyborg” Justino. She came up short, losing the bout through third-round TKO, though she displayed tremendous heart and won over many new fans. She’ll certainly be dropping down to the UFC’s 135-pound division for her next bout, in which I would like to see her shoot on Carmouche, who last saw action at UFC 205 last November at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where she defeated Katlyn Chookagian via split decision. I believe a potential Evinger versus Carmouche matchup would make for an excellent match to the card to the UFC’s coming return trip to the Big Apple for UFC 217.
Jason Knight vs. Renato Moicano
Knight and Moicano both came up short this past Saturday night, together with Knight suffering a first-round TKO loss to Ricardo Lamas and Moicano being submitted with a guillotine choke by Brian Ortega from the next round of the contest. Following the defeats, I think that it could make sense to pit these two fun featherweights against each other within the Octagon. This possible 145-pound contest would be a perfect fit on the primary card to November’s UFC Fight Night in Virginia.
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