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UFC on FOX 26 results: Next matches to make for ‘Lawler vs Dos Anjos’ main card winners

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Winnipeg-Ponzinibbio vs Perry Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Dec. 16, 2017) for UFC on FOX 26, which took place inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

In the main event of the evening, Rafael dos Anjos picked up his third straight win since moving up to Welterweight by schooling former division champion Robbie Lawler (highlights). Also, Santiago Ponzinibbio lit Mike Perry up like a Christmas tree for three rounds to earn his sixth straight win (see it again here).

Winner: Rafael dos Anjos

Who He Should fight Next: Tyron Woodley

UFC president Dana White stated prior to the bout the winner between Lawler and dos Anjos would get the next title shot against Tyron Woodley. So, despite “The Chosen One” recently going under the knife, “RDA” can expect a title fight sometime in 2018. Woodley, who has been a very busy champion, defended his title three times since knocking Lawler out. While there is no exact timetable for Woodley’s return, I don’t see dos Anjos taking another fight in the interim. Unless he wants to dance with Colby Covington while Tyron heals up. Nevetheless, “RDA” has looked great since making the jump up to 170-pounds.

Winner: Santiago Ponzinibbio

Who He Should Fight Next: Darren Till

Mike Perry was calling for a fight against Till prior to his bout against Santiago, but now that “Platinum” has suffered a loss to Ponzinibbio, that interesting 170-pound matchup will go to the Argentinean. It will make for an exciting an interesting bout, as both men like to let their fists fly and rarely like going to the ground. If you like that sort of stuff. Till is undefeated at 16-0, 5-0 inside the Octagon, while Santiago is scorching hot with six straight wins of his own inside the eight-sided cage. The winner will set himself up nicely for a No. 1 contenders bout down the road.

Winner: Josh Emmett

Who He Should Fight Next: Yair Rodriguez

Emmett picked up the biggest win of his career by upsetting Ricard Lamas with a vicious first-round knockout. Thanks to his win, Emmett can look forward to bigger fights, as beating the No. 3 ranked 145-pound fighter in the world is no joke. Up next for Emmett, I’d like to see him face off against Yair Rodriguez. Yair has his momentum halted by Frankie Edgar at UFC 211. Not much has been heard from him since, so a comeback should be around the corner. I like the fight a lot, as both men like to bang it out on the feet, and the styles are tailor-made for one another. Josh wanted to dance with the big boys, and “Pantera” sounds like a good fit next.

Winner: Glover Teixeira

Who He Should Fight Next: Jimi Manuwa

Glover got back to his winning ways by defeating Misha Cirkunov with some violent ground-and-pound in Canada (see it), giving him his first win in over a year and a half after getting knocked out by Alexander Gustafsson in his last outing. Still, “Hands of Stone” has a long way to go before he cant start eying a title shot despite his No. 3 ranking. That’ why i would love to see 205-pound throw down between Glover and Jimi Manuwa next. “Posterboy” was last seen getting his clock cleaned by Volkan Oezdemir, so he is in need of a win in the worst way. Glover and Jimi are two of the hardest-hitting 205-pound fighters in the world, so the fight won’t disappoint, as far as entertainment value goes.

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