Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) staged its latest pay-per-view (PPV) event, as UFC 203 blew the roof off Quicken Loans Arena last night (Sat., Sept, 10, 2016) in Cleveland, Ohio.
In the main event of the evening, Stipe Miocic defend his Heavyweight title for the very first time after knocking out Alistair Overeem in the very first round (see it again here). Also, Fabricio Werdum took home a unanimous decision win over Travis Brown, while Mickey Gall spoiled CM Punks UFC debut by choking him out in the very first round (highlights).
Winner: Stipe Miocic.
Who He Should Fight Next: Cain Velasquez.
Sorry, Werdum, but your win over an injured "Hapa" who took the fight on short notice wasn't impressive enough to catapult you into a rematch against Stipe. And I'm not the only one who feels that way. Especially since Cain defeated "Hapa" rather swiftly at UFC 200, knocking "Hapa" out in the very first round. That's enough to give Velasquez next dibs against Miocic after the 265-pound champion made quick work of Alistair Overeem in the headlining act of UFC 203.
Winner: Fabricio Werdum.
Who He Should Fight Next: Junior dos Santos.
Things change quickly in MMA, and though I said Barnett should take on "Cigano" next, I think the fight to make now is a rematch between "Vai Cavalo" and dos Santos. Both men are coming off a win and both feel they should be at the top of the lsit when it comes to dishing out championship fights. And since I don't think Fabricio's win over Browne was good enough to warrant him a title fight, perhaps he can make a better case for himself if he can get a win back from "JDS" after his fellow countrymen knocked him silly eight years ago.
Winner: Mickey Gall.
Who He Should Fight Next: Sage Northcutt.
Mickey made good on his promise to spoiled CM Punks MMA debut by absolutely dismantling the former WWE wrestler in the very first round (see it again here). Afterward, he called for a fight against fellowe "Looking' for a Fight" alum, Sage Northcutt. While Sage normally fights at Lightweight, his loss against Bryan Barbarena was at Welterweight.
Plus, Northcutt's people have already reached out to UFC president Dana White to accept the challenge, so might as well book it, if nothing else than for sheer entertainment and bragging rights.
Winner: Jimmie Rivera
Who He Should Fight Next: Winner of John Lineker vs. Jon Dodson.
After taking out a longtime veteran like Urijah Faber, who just competed for the division title, by the way, Rivera won't be facing lower-ranked foes. With the biggest win of his career under his belt, I want to see him face the winner of the upcoming bout between John Lineker and John Dodson, which is set to go down next month at UFC Fight Night 96.
After all, one the new rankings list come out later this week, expect Rivera's stock to go way up.
Winner: Jessica Andrade:
Who She Should Fight Next: Carla Esparza.
Andrade made it two straight afte she choked out Joanne Calderwood via guillotine in the very first round of the opening bout of the pay-per-view (PPV) portion of UFC 203. With her win, Jessica assured herself a higher ranking come Monday morning, which means she could be in line to face a top contender in her next outing.
A fight against former division champion Cara Esparza makes sense to me, as "Cookie Monster" earned her first win in her last outing at UFC 197 against Julianna Lima since losing her strap to Joanna Jedrzejczyk. With both 135-pounder's on a good momentum, a clash between them could provide the next title challenger in the division; after Karolina Kowalkiewicz, of course.
For complete UFC 203 results and coverage click here.