The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Anaheim, CA for the first time in promotional background 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 inside the space, and together with the scraps now in our rear view, let’s take a look at some possible matchups featuring some of the competitors 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 official defeat of his MMA profession, with both coming against Jones. For his return fight after the reduction, I want to see him take on Manuwa, who came up short at UFC 214, losing to Volkan Oezdemir via knockout inside of the opening moment of their very first round of action. The Brit was on the brink of a title shot but will now have to go back for another look at the board. In case Cormier and Manuwa won, this struggle would have likely gotten produced, but now that they came up short, I believe it makes sense to put it all together. Early 2018 are a good time to pit these two from each other in what would be a classic striker versus grappler matchup.
Tonya Evinger vs. Liz Carmouche
Evinger made her long-awaited UFC debut, even though a weight class above from 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 via third-round TKO, though she displayed huge heart and won over many new fans. She will surely be falling down into the UFC’s 135-pound division for her next bout, in which I’d like to see her take 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 will result in an superb fit to the card to the UFC’s upcoming return trip to the Big Apple for UFC 217.
Jason Knight vs. Renato Moicano
Knight and Moicano both came up short last Saturday night, with Knight suffering a first-round TKO loss to Ricardo Lamas and Moicano being filed using a guillotine choke by Brian Ortega from the next round of the contest. Following the defeats, I think it could make sense to pit both of these enjoyable featherweights against each other within the Octagon. This possible contest would be a perfect match on the primary card to November’s UFC Fight Night in Virginia.
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