The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the eight years in promotional history last Saturday (June 3, 2017) using UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway. It turned out to be a solid night of scraps that found nine of 12 bouts end inside the distance, and with all the fights currently in our rear perspective, let’s take a look at some possible matchups featuring some of the competitors in the evening…
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Holloway dethroned Jose Aldo to turn into brand new king at 145 pounds, and for his first official title defense, I think that it would make most sense for him to carry on Frankie Edgar, as that is a matchup fight fans are trying to watch for a little while now. The other potential candidate for a title shot in Cub Swanson, but his last loss came at the hands of Holloway at a really decisive fashion. That’s not a fight that peaks the interest of fight fans, as Holloway would be anticipated to be a massive favorite. The Edgar fight is one where anything can happen, so everyone would like to see it. I think this potential featherweight title would would be a great 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 entry from the very first form of action. She enjoys a two-fight winning streak, and for her next outing within the Octagon, I want to watch her shoot on Namajunas at a title eliminator. Both fighters earned rapid victories in their most recent bouts, so I would like to see them make a fast turnaround to co-main occasion August’s UFC Fight Night in Mexico City.
Brian Kelleher vs. Bryan Caraway
Kelleher earned a first-round guillotine-choke submission over veteran Iuri Alcantara in what was a picture perfect promotional debut for its 30-year-old, who used his post-fight address to ask for a Top 10 ranked opponent for a quick turnaround on the coming Long Island card at July. I think an opponent which makes sense is Caraway, who hasn’t seen action since a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling just over a year ago. I believe this is a pairing that makes sense for the two fighters and are a good fit anywhere on the Long Island fight card.
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