The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Anaheim, CA for the first time in promotional history last Saturday (July 29, 2017) using UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones II. It was an entertaining night of action that saw half of the bouts end within the distance, and with the bits today in our rear view, let us look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the opponents in the evening…
Daniel Cormier vs. Jimi Manuwa
Cormer lost his UFC light heavyweight title to former title holder Jon»Bones» Jones in a rematch via third-round TKO. That marked the second defeat of his MMA career, with both from Jones. For his return struggle following the reduction, I want to watch him shoot on Manuwa, who also came up short at UFC 214, dropping to Volkan Oezdemir via knockout inside of the opening moment of their very first round of activity. The Brit was on the edge of a title shot but will finally have to go back for another look at the board. In case Cormier and Manuwa won, this fight would have probably gotten made, but now that they both came up short, I believe it still makes sense to put it together. 2018 are a good time to pit both against each other in what is a striker versus grappler matchup.
Tonya Evinger vs. Liz Carmouche
Evinger made her long-awaited UFC introduction, even though a weight class above from the UFC’s new women’s featherweight division, where she competed for the branch’s vacant title against Cris»Cyborg» Justino. She came up short, losing the bout via third-round TKO, though she exhibited tremendous heart and won over many new fans. She’ll certainly be dropping down to the UFC’s 135-pound division for her next bout, in which I’d love to see her shoot on Carmouche, that 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 possible Evinger versus Carmouche matchup would make for an superb fit to the card to the UFC’s upcoming return visit to the Big Apple for UFC 217.
Jason Knight vs. Renato Moicano
Knight and Moicano both came up short this past 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 next round of their contest. After the beats, I think it could make sense to pit these two fun. This possible 145-pound contest would be an ideal fit on the card to November’s UFC Fight Night in Virginia.
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