The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the eight time in promotional background last Saturday (June 3, 2017) with UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway. It was a solid night of scraps that found nine of 12 bouts ending within the distance, and with all the struggles currently in our rear view, let’s look at some possible matchups featuring a few of the competitors in the evening…
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Holloway dethroned Jose Aldo to become to new king at 145 pounds, and for his very first official name 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 today. Another possible candidate for a title shot in Cub Swanson, but his last loss came at the hands of Holloway at a very decisive fashion. That is not a fight that peaks the interest of fight fans, as Holloway would be expected to be a massive favorite. The Edgar fight is one in which anything could happen, so everyone would like to watch it. I believe this possible featherweight title would are an excellent match to primary event UFC 216 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Rose Namajunas
Gadelha made short work of Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz, defeating her by rear-naked choke entry in the very first round of action. She enjoys a two-fight winning series, and for her next outing inside the Octagon, I want to see her shoot on Namajunas at a title eliminator. Both fighters earned quick victories in their most recent bouts, so I would like to see them create a fast turnaround to co-main occasion August’s UFC Fight Night in Mexico City.
Brian Kelleher vs. Bryan Caraway
Kelleher gained a first-round guillotine-choke submission over veteran Iuri Alcantara in what was a picture perfect promotional introduction for the 30-year-old, who used his post-fight address to ask for a Top 10 ranked opponent for a fast turnaround on the coming Long Island card in July. I think an opponent which makes sense is Caraway, that hasn’t seen action since a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling just over one year ago. I think this is a pairing that is reasonable for both fighters and would be a good fit anywhere on the Long Island fight card.
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