The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the eight years in promotional history Saturday (June 3, 2017) using UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway. It turned out to be a good night of scraps that found nine of 12 bouts end within the distance, and with the struggles currently in our rear perspective, let us take a look at some possible matchups featuring some of the opponents from the evening…
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Holloway dethroned Jose Aldo to turn into brand new king at 145 pounds, and because of his very first official title defense, I think it would make most sense for him to carry on Frankie Edgar, as that’s a matchup fight fans are trying to watch for a while now. Another possible candidate to get a title shot in Cub Swanson, but his last loss came in the hands of Holloway at a very decisive fashion. That is not a battle that peaks the interest of fight fans, as Holloway would be expected to be a massive favorite. The Edgar battle is one in so everybody wants to see it. I believe this possible featherweight title would are an excellent fit 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 from rear-naked choke submission from the very first round of action. She enjoys a two-fight winning series, and for her next excursion inside the Octagon, I want to see her take on Namajunas at a title eliminator. Both fighters earned rapid victories in their latest 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 introduction for its 30-year-old, who employed his post-fight speech to request a Top 10 ranked opponent for a fast turnaround on the upcoming Long Island card at July. I think an opponent that makes sense is Caraway, who hasn’t seen action as a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling only over one year ago. I think this is a pairing which is reasonable for the two fighters and would be a fantastic fit anyplace on the Long Island card.
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