Though this card was brutalized with late cancellations, resulting in a mere nine bout fight card, it still delivered with great finishes and a killer main event! I for one am never complaining about a Fight Night during these times.
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!
Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Dan Hooker (LW)
Rafael Dos Anjos made a successful reentry to the division which he formerly ruled over, delivering a technical scrap opposite Paul Felder. His usual gameplay of mixing his wrestling in with crisp kickboxing and nearly no leads paid clear dividends as he disposed of the #7 ranked contender with a unanimous decision. Dan Hooker is coming off of a loss to Dustin Poirier in a Fight of the Year contender, and currently occupies the #5 spot in the immensely top-heavy Lightweight division. This clash is sure to provide a great show for the fans that will test both fighters well.
Khaos Williams vs. Alexey Kunchenko (WW)
Khaos Williams came into this bout against KO artist Abdul Razak Alhassan following a 30-second knockout in his last showing. He looked even better this go-around, dusting Alhassan with a single punch that saw Alhassan unable to regain consciousness for several minutes. “The Oxfighter” has displayed ungodly fight-changing ability and furious speed, adding another solid prospect to the stacked Welterweight division. I think a bout with Alexey Kunchenko would be absolute fireworks. After two wins in the UFC that saw him amass a 20-0 record, Kunchenko has lost two straight. His composed striking and well mixed-in wrestling offer a fantastic bout that we could all look forward to.
Ashley Yoder vs. Mizuki Inoue (SW)
Ashley Yoder got back on the winning track with a decision over Miranda Granger, using her scrambling and grappling prowess to control her opponent on the mat. This was Yoder’s eight UFC fight but just her third win. She proved her skillset when she needed it with her back up against the wall, doing quite well against a quality opponent. A fun fight for her next one would be a match against Mizuki Inoue, who was last seen on the wrong side of a decision against Amanda Lemos.
Sean Strickland vs. Omari Akhmedov (MW)
Sean Strickland came through in a big way, finishing top prospect Brendan Allen with a second round knockout. “Tarzan”‘s win here should launch him up the rankings, as he scored a decision victory just a mere two weeks ago. His clean and crisp striking was once again on full display, as he was easily piecing Allen up from the starting bell. For his next bout, I like a match with Omari Akhmedov. Akhmedov’s last bout was a close decision loss to former champion Chris Weidman and gives Strickland a chance at a ranking.
Cory McKenna vs. Randa Markos (SW)
Cory McKenna narrowly earned a decision win over Kay Hansen, improving her record to 7-1 with her first UFC fight and win. At just 21 years old, McKenna has a lot of room for growth and I hope the UFC does not try to rush her into the rankings in the most stacked women’s division. I think a bout with veteran Randa Markos is in order. Markos is off three straight losses, including a decision to Kanako Murata on the prelims, and her grappling heavy approach and experience edge present a great challenge for the budding Welsh star.
There you have it, Freaks.
We keep things going next weekend with UFC 255, featuring both the men’s and women’s Flyweight titles on the line!