Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) staged its latest event last night (Sat., Dec. 3, 2016) as The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24 Finale went down from "The Pearl" inside Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Headlining the event was Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson simply outclassing and dominating Tim Elliott for five rounds, though Elliott proved to be game (see it again here).
Also, Joseph Benavidez settled his beef with Henry Cejudo, winning a controversial split decision over the powerhouse wrestler (recap here).
Winner: Demetrious Johnson
Who He Should Fight Next: Joseph Benavidez
Okay, so this one is pretty clear cut. It’s logical step to give Joseph yet another championship fight against "Mighty Mouse." Sure, Demetrious edged out "Joe Jitsu" to claim the title back in 2012, and then starched him in one round the following year to defend the strap, but there isn’t anyone else at 125 pounds deserving of a title fight. Joseph is on a six-fight win streak and is the No. 1 ranked fighter in the division. Pretty simply. Unless, of course, UFC gives "Mighty Mouse" a chance to move up to Bantamweight and fight for that title
Winner: Joseph Benavidez
Who He Should Fight Next: Demetrious Johnson
I don’t need to say much else that I didn’t say above. Benavidez just took out the No. 2 flyweight in the world and has a win streak to prove his worth of getting another crack at dethroning Johnson.
Winner: Jorge Masvidal
Who He Should Fight Next: Donald Cerrone vs Matt Brown winner
After picking up a bizarre victory over Jake Ellenberger (see how here), Masvidal proceeded to call out "Cowboy" to a showdown inside the Octagon. While that would make for a pretty nice bout, Cerrone has business to handle against Matt Brown at next weekend’s (Sat., Dec. 10, 2016) UFC 206 event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Should he get the "W," then a bout against Masvidal would please all fight fans. On the flip side, should "Immortal" get the victory, pitting him against "Gamebred" doesn’t sound too shabby, either.
Winner: Jared Cannonier
Who He Should Fight Next: Ed Herman
In what was his 205-pound debut, Jared proved to be as tough as they come, at one point putting his hands down and letting Ion Cutelba tag him with his best shots. While not exactly the best technique, it was a part of the crazy three-round war that had everyone beaming with excitement. But, as Jared starts moving up the ladder, antics like that won’t fly. That said, I’d like to see him take on Ed Herman. Sure, Herman is coming off a loss, but he is a longtime veteran that could give Jared some fits and give us an idea at how the up-and-comer can deal with a someone who has a wealth of experience.
Winner: Brandon Moreno
Who He Should Fight Next: John Moraga
Moreno is quickly becoming a fan favorite thanks to his outgoing personality and willingness to dazzle inside the cage by putting it all on the line inside the Octagon. After picking up his second straight win inside the eight-walled cage -- his 10th in a row overall -- Moreno’s foes will just keep getting tougher. And as he looks to place himself in the top 10. That said, facing an experience Octagon veteran like Moraga — who is on a two fight skid -- could be a good matchup for him. He is currently ranked above Moreno, so if Brandon can get a win over him, he’ll find himself in the top 10.
Winner: Sara McMann
Who He Should Fight Next: Holly Holm
Granted, McMann is on a two-fight win streak while Holm is on a two-fight skid, but I highly doubt Sara would turn down the fight if presented to her. A win over the former women’s Bantamweight champion will catapult her to the top of the rankings and incher her closer to another championship fight.
For complete TUF 24 results and coverage click here.