The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the eight time in promotional background Saturday (June 3, 2017) with UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway. It turned out to be a good night of bits which found nine of 12 bouts ending within the space, and with the fights now in our rear perspective, let us take a look at some potential matchups featuring some of the opponents from the evening…
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Holloway dethroned Jose Aldo to become to brand new king at 145 pounds, and because of his very first official name defense, I think it would make most sense for him to carry on Frankie Edgar, as that is a matchup fight fans have been wanting to see for a while today. The other possible candidate for a title shot in Cub Swanson, but his last loss came at the hands of Holloway in a really critical fashion. That’s not a battle that peaks the interest of fight fans, as Holloway would be expected 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 main event UFC 216 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Rose Namajunas
Gadelha made short work of Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz, beating her from rear-naked choke entry from the very first round of action. She now enjoys a two-fight winning series, and for her next outing inside the Octagon, I would like to see her shoot on Namajunas in a title eliminator. Both fighters earned quick victories in their latest bouts, so I want 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 entry over veteran Iuri Alcantara in what was a picture perfect promotional introduction for its 30-year-old, who employed his post-fight speech to ask for a Top 10 ranked opponent for a quick turnaround on the upcoming Long Island card in July. I believe an opponent that makes sense is Caraway, that hasn’t seen action since a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling just over a year ago. I believe this is a pairing that is reasonable for the two fighters and are a fantastic fit anywhere on the Long Island fight card.
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