Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sun., Feb. 18, 2018) for UFC Fight Night 126 inside Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, featuring a welterweight scrap that saw Donald Cerrone knockout Yancy Medeiros in a highly-entertaining bout... for as long as it lasted (see it again here).
In the co-main event, Derrick Lewis got back into the win column by absolutely obliterating Marcin Tybura via devastating knockout (see it again here).
Winner: Donald Cerrone
Who He Should Fight Next: Neil Magny
Cowboy got back into the winner’s circle after breaking his three-fight skid with his knockout win over Medeiros. It was a much-needed “W” for the striker, as four losses in a row would’ve been disastrous for the fan-favorite. Up next for “Cowboy” should be a bout against Neil Magny. Neil got back on the winning track himself in his last outing at UFC 219, taking out Carlos Condit via domination. It’s a good fight all-around for both men, especially now that they’ve remembered how good victory tastes. And you know Cerrone wouldn’t mind getting some revenge for his Jackson-Winkeljohn stablemate.
Winner: Derrick Lewis
Who He Should fight Next: Alistair Overeem
I would’ve initially liked to book him against Francis Ngannou, but “The Predator” is fresh of a shellacking at the hands of Stipe Miocic at UFC 220, proclaiming he was going to take a break from fighting for a bit to regroup. Meanwhile, Overeem hasn’t competed since getting knocked out by the aforementioned Ngannou, and judging by this pic, is eager to get back into the swing of things. Both men hit like trucks, so this fight could end early but it will definitely be fun while it lasts. And while “Black Beast” doesn’t necessarily care about titles, a win over “The Reem” could get him closer to this big payday. That said, if Ngannou wants to cut his break short, I would love to finally see him square up against Lewis, first.
Winner: Sage Northcutt
Who He Should Fight Next: ???
I don’t know what to do with Sage, as one day he’s a Lightweight, the next his fight at 170 pounds, and then he drops back down. Some advice for you kid: Pick a division and stick with it, or your goals of wanting to be the youngest UFC champion ever will never become a reality. On the bright side, he has youth on his side to figure it all out, but hopefully he’ll settle in somewhere soon so he can get his momentum going. You made this big decision, time to make another and stick to it. One thing is certain, he is not quite ready for a top 15 foe in either division for his next challenge.
Winner: James Vick
Who He Should Fight Next: Anthony Pettis vs Michael Chiesa winner
Vick continues to impress, which means his goal of headlining a UFC event is inching closer and closer. Up next for James should be the winner of the upcoming 155-pound scrap between Anthony Pettis and Michael Chiesa, which is set to go down on April 7 at UFC 223. Both men will provided James with the “big name” he needs to put himself in the UFC big wigs cross-hairs; more-so Pettis. Still, a showdown against either man will put James under a brighter spotlight, especially if he manages to take either of them out.
Winner: Curtis Millender
Who He Should Fight Next: Ryan LaFlare
Millender impressed in his Octagon debut, knocking out Thiago Alves to score a “Performance of the Night” bonus worth $50k, as well as racking up his seventh straight win. Sure, Alves had been struggling as of late, but the win is a big one for Curtis, as “Pitbull’s” name alone gets him that much more attention.
Up next, I’d like to see “Curtious” take on Ryan LaFlare. Like Alves, Ryan carries with him plenty of Octagon experience, so he can prove to be a legit test for Curtis. If Millender can manage to take out two veterans back-to-back, he could be in line for some bigger fights in a hurry.
What say you?
For full UFC Fight Night 126: “Cowboy vs Medeiros” play-by-play updates and results click here.