Fights to Make After UFC Vegas 8: Smith vs. Rakic

I would like to take a quick second to brag, as I went 10-0 on my predictions this week.

Afterwards, we’re stuck asking ourselves… what’s next for the victors? Well I’m here to try to play matchmaker for our main card winners and see what fights could (and should) be on the horizon!

Aleksander Rakic vs. Thiago Santos/Glover Texeira Winner (LHW)

Rakic’s first main event ended with a decisive decision win over title challenger Anthony Smith. Rakic displayed not only his always stellar kickboxing, but a more complete understanding of the grappling, withstanding Smith’s repeated takedown entries and back takes. With Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz locking horns in under a month for the vacant belt, Rakic is nicely set up at the top of the 205-pound ladder. #2 ranked Thiago Santos and #4 Glover Texeira are set to collide two weeks from now and Rakic could secure a title shot with one more big win.

Neil Magny vs. Vicente Luque (WW)

Neil Magny scored a dominant 30-27 win, stifling the former champion Robbie Lawler. Magny is nearing the record for most UFC wins and is seeking to make a title run, now looking to be in the best performing shape of his career. Eleventh-ranked Aleksander AVicente Luque is on two-fight winning streak with just one defeat, a fight of the night with Stephen Thompson, in his last nine bouts. Both Luque and Magny love to stay active and would surely love the opportunity to test their skills against fellow dangerous and well-rounded fighters.

Alexa Grasso vs. Maycee Barber (FLW)

Grasso made good on her Flyweight debut, outworking the power-punching Kim to a unanimous 30-27 decision. She will likely emerge in the FLW rankings, seeking to climb towards Shevchenko’s crown. Maycee Barber has not competed since January where she suffered his first pro loss to Roxanne Modafferi. Barber’s power striking style is perfectly suited for Grasso and makes their fight sure to be a war, through and through.

Ricardo Lamas vs. Cub Swanson 2 (FTW)

Ricardo Lamas emerged victorious with a unanimous decision over Bill Algeo, fighting back from a tough second round to score a 10-8 in the third. Lamas has been open about his doubts towards his future in the sport, but there’s plenty of solid matches left for him should he stick around. Longtime veteran and fan favorite Cub Swanson righted his losing streak with a decision win over jiu-jitsu royalty Kron Gracie. Their first meeting back in 2011 saw Lamas win with a first-round submission and with their similar career stance outside of the rankings, there couldn’t be a better time to book this fight.

 

Some last thoughts on this banger of a card:

Sean Brady scored his first UFC finish with a second round submission over Christian Aguilera, making his UFC record 3-0, now having shown his submission skills (Aguilera), position wrestling (Ismail Naurdiev), and ability to stand and bang (Court McGee). Brady is clearly one of the best prospects at Welterweight right now.

Dana White confirmed that roster cuts are going to be happening soon and it likely isn’t looking good for Hannah Cifers and Emily Whitmire, who both suffered submission defeats and now have losing UFC records.

Looking ahead, we have a pivotal Heavyweight matchup as Alistair Overeem takes on Augusto Sakai!

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