Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to action for UFC 213: “Romero vs. Whittaker” which went down yesterday (Sat., July 8, 2017) inside inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada airing live on pay-per-view (PPV). The promotion's latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card was headlined by an interim Middleweight title fight that saw Robert Whittaker edge out Yoel Romero to claim the strap and secure himself a showdown against division champion Michael Bisping (see it here). In the co-main event, Alistair Overeem defeated Fabricio Werdum in a heavyweight trilogy bout (recap here).
Winner: Robert Whittaker
Who He Should Fight Next: Michael Bisping
The possibility that a fight between “The Count” and former UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is no more, which means Bisping will have no other option but to defend his belt against the rightful No. 1 contender. In this case, it’s the interim champion, as “The Reaper” put on a great performance to edge out Yoel Romero in the revamped headlining bout in “Sin City.” The trash talk has already begun, so this bout should be bananas. And judging by Robert’s performance against “Soldier of God -- who suffered his first defeat -- “The Count” needs to be on his “A” game if he wants to hold on to his belt a bit longer.
Winner: Alistair Overeem
Who He Should Fight Next: Cain Velasquez
While the victory was impressive, I don’t think it warrants another shot at the title just yet. Plus, UFC presdient Dana White wasn’t too thrilled with the fight during the post-fight presser. That’s why I’d love nothing more than to see “The Reem” square off against former division champion Cain Velasquez. Despite his hiatus from fighting, Cain should be nearing a return soon, as soon as October or November according to White. And while he himself wants another shot at the strap, I’d rather see these two hard-hitting Heavyweights go at it for the right to face Stipe Miocic.
Winner: Curtis Blaydes
Who He Should Fight Next: Derrick Lewis
Other than his loss to Francis Ngannou, Blaydes has looked sharp so far in his UFC career. And after taking out Daniel Omielańczuk at UFC 213, the challenges will only get bigger for Curtis. And now that Derrick Lewis has ended his short-lived retirement, I’d like to see “Black Beast” throw down against “Razor.” While it may not be a popular bout for many, I personally like it, as Lewis needs a win coming off a loss to Mark Hunt, and Blaydes could catapult up the Heavyweight tier with a win.
Winner: Anthony Pettis
Who He Should Fight Next: Dustin Poirier
There is a strong possibility that “The Diamond” gets a rematch against Eddie Alvarez after their initial bout ended in a no-contest at UFC 211 (see why here). If it doesn’t see the light of day, for whatever reason, I really would like to see Pettis take on Poirier. “Showtime” looked like his normal self during his dominant win over Jim Miller (see it) -- who lost to Dustin in his previous fight — signaling that the Pettis of old was re-emerging after a brutal streak that saw him cough up four of his previous fight fights. Poirier has proven he likes to stand-and-bang, and since that is Anthony’s specialty, this fight could be a showstealer. Book it, please.
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