The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the eight years in promotional background last Saturday (June 3, 2017) using UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway. It was a good night of bits that saw nine of 12 bouts end within the space, and with the struggles now in our rear perspective, let’s take a look at some potential matchups featuring some 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 take on Frankie Edgar, as that’s a matchup fight fans are wanting to see for a while today. Another possible candidate for a title shot at Cub Swanson, but his last loss came at the hands of Holloway in a really critical fashion. That is not a battle that peaks the interest of fight fans, as Holloway will be anticipated to be a huge favorite. The Edgar battle is one in so everyone wants to see it. I think this potential featherweight title would would be an excellent fit to primary event UFC 216 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Rose Namajunas
Gadelha made brief work of Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz, defeating her from rear-naked choke submission from the very first form of activity. She enjoys a two-fight winning series, also for her next outing within the Octagon, I want to see her shoot on Namajunas at a title eliminator. Both fighters earned quick victories in their latest bouts, so I would like to see them make a quick 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 had been a picture perfect promotional debut for its 30-year-old, who used his post-fight address to ask for a Top 10 ranked opponent for a fast turnaround on the upcoming Long Island card in July. I believe an opponent which makes sense is Caraway, that hasn’t seen action as a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling just over a year ago. I think that is a pairing that is reasonable for both fighters and would be a fantastic fit anywhere on the Long Island fight card.
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