The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Anaheim, CA for the seventh time in promotional background last Saturday (July 29, 2017) with UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones II. It was a fun night of action that saw half of the bouts end inside the space, and with all the bits today in our rear perspective, let’s look at some possible matchups featuring some of the opponents in the day…
Daniel Cormier vs. Jimi Manuwa
Cormer dropped his UFC light heavyweight title to former name holder Jon”Bones” Jones in a rematch via third-round TKO. That marked the next official defeat of his expert MMA profession, with both coming from Jones. For his return fight after the reduction, I want to see him shoot on Manuwa, who also came up short at UFC 214, dropping to Volkan Oezdemir via knockout inside the opening minute of their very first round of activity. The Brit was on the edge of a title shot but will now have to return for another look at the drawing board. If Cormier and Manuwa won, this fight would have probably gotten made, but that they came up short, I think it makes sense to put it all together. 2018 would be a fantastic time to pit both from each other in what is a traditional striker versus grappler matchup.
Tonya Evinger vs. Liz Carmouche
Evinger made her long-awaited UFC debut, although a weight class above from the UFC’s new women’s featherweight division, where she competed for the division’s vacant 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 surely be dropping down into the UFC’s 135-pound branch for her next bout, where I would love to see her shoot 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 believe a potential Evinger versus Carmouche matchup will result in an excellent match to the preliminary card to the UFC’s coming return visit to the Big Apple to get 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 filed with a guillotine choke by Brian Ortega from the next round of the contest. Following the beats, I think it would make sense to pit both of these fun, well-rounded featherweights against each other inside the Octagon. This potential 145-pound competition would be a perfect fit on the primary card to the UFC Fight Night in Virginia of November.
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