Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back at it again, as the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organization staged UFC 208 last night (Sat., Feb. 11, 2017) live from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
In the main event of the evening, Germain de Randamie defeated Holly Holm via unanimous decision to become the promotion’s first-ever women’s Featherweight champion (see it again here).
In the co-headlining act, Anderson Silva returned to the win column for the first time in a long time, topping Derek Brunson in a three-round affair that wasn’t exactly thrilling for the eyes to see (video replay here).
There was plenty of action in Brooklyn, so let’s see what fights could be on the horizon.
Winner: Germain de Randamie
Who She Should Fight Next: Cris Cyborg
This one is easy. Cyborg was present for the historic bout, as she was personally invited by UFC president Dana White to sit front and center to see who she could possibly be facing next. Sure, she has some unsettled beef with USADA, but since that looks good at the moment, Cris could be inside the eight-walled cage pretty soon. Of course, de Randamie revealed that she’d be going under the knife after her win, which could delay the bout for a little bit.
Winner: Anderson Silva
Who He Should Fight Next: Loser of Gegard Mousasi vs Chris Weidman
Yes, I said the LOSER. Silva isn’t exactly setting the world in fire inside the cage, and despite ending his four-year long slump that saw him drop four fights and having one win overturned to a no-contest for a failed drug test, he didn’t do it in impressive fashion. In fact, many -- Dana White included — felt Brunson should’ve been awarded the victory. Giving a Silva a streaking top contender simply isn’t in the cards, for me at least. That said, if he gets Mousasi or Weidman -- who will throw down at UFC 210 on April 8, 2017 — it makes sense on many levels. A trilogy fight against Chris could be interesting and an easy sell, while Gegard has long asked for a showdown against "The Spider," so it’s safe to say he’d be up for the challenge.
Winner: Ronald Souza
Who He Should Fight Next: Michael Bisping vs. Yoel Romero winner
The anticipated Middleweight title fight between "The Count" and "Soldier of God" doesn’t have a time and a place yet, but "Jacare" firmly cemented his spot as the next title challenger. The only problem is, he could have to wait a while for his championship fight after submitting Tim Boetsch (see it), as Bisping is currently on the mend following knee surgery. A proposed timeline for Bisping vs Romero is in May, which means if Souza is willing to wait, he won’t be back in the cage until September or October of this year. That’s quite a long layoff, so don’t be surprised if the submission wizard takes yet another bout in the interim. Or, he could be a fill in for Romero should he not be able to make his date with Bisping for any reason.
Winner: Glover Teixeira
Who He Should Fight Next: Alexander Gustafsson
While this fight is a long shot, seeing as how "The Mauler" is currently recovering from a back injury, it is the fight to make. Alex is sitting at No. 2 in the rankings, while Glover is right behind him at No. 3. Matching them up against anyone else simply doesn’t make sense. The winner could have a big case to face the winner of the upcoming title fight between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson, which is set to go down at UFC 210 this April. After Jon Jones, of course.
Winner: Dustin Poirier
Who He Should Fight Next: Michael Chiesa
After pulling out of his scheduled fight against Tony Ferguson citing a back injury, last summer, nothing has been heard of from "Maverick." While back injuries can be tricky, if it isn’t too drastic of an injury, Chiesa could be gearing up for a return soon. And since he and "The Diamond" are only separated by one spot on the official rankings, I’m digging the fight.
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