The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Anaheim, CA for the first time in promotional history Saturday (July 29, 2017) with UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones II. It was an entertaining night of action that saw half of the bouts end within the distance, and together with the scraps now in our rear view, let us look at some possible matchups featuring a few of the opponents in the day…
Daniel Cormier vs. Jimi Manuwa
Cormer lost his UFC light heavyweight title to former name holder Jon“Bones“ Jones in a rematch through third-round TKO. That marked the next official defeat of his expert MMA profession, with both coming from Jones. For his return fight following the reduction, I want to watch him shoot on Manuwa, that also came up short at UFC 214, losing to Volkan Oezdemir via knockout inside the opening minute of the very first round of activity. The Brit was on the brink of a title shot but will have to go back for one more look at the board. In case Cormier and Manuwa won, this fight would have likely gotten made, but now that they both came up short, I believe it makes sense to put it all together. 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 introduction, even though a weight class above in the UFC’s new women’s featherweight division, where she collaborated for the division’s empty title against Cris“Cyborg“ Justino. She came up short, losing the bout through third-round TKO, though she exhibited huge heart and won over many new fans. She will certainly be falling down to the UFC’s 135-pound division for her next bout, where I’d love to watch her take on Carmouche, who last saw action at UFC 205 last November in Madison Square Garden in New York City, where she conquered Katlyn Chookagian via split decision. I think a potential Evinger versus Carmouche matchup would result in an excellent match to the preliminary card to the UFC’s coming return trip to the Big Apple for UFC 217.
Jason Knight vs. Renato Moicano
Knight and Moicano both came up short last Saturday night, together with Knight suffering a first-round TKO loss to Ricardo Lamas and Moicano being submitted using a guillotine choke by Brian Ortega in the third round of the contest. After the defeats, I think it would make sense to pit both of these enjoyable. This potential contest would be a perfect match on the card to November’s UFC Fight Night in Virginia.
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