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UFC 226 results: Next matches to make for ‘Miocic vs Cormier’ main card winners

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., July 7, 2018) for UFC 226 from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, which was headlined by a Heavyweight title fight between division champion Stipe Miocic and Light Heavyweight king Daniel Cormier that saw “DC” knock out Miocic to become a two-division champion (recap). In the co-main event, Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis plotted around the Octagon for 15 minutes and delivered one of the most lackluster fights in the history of the sport, which Lewis ultimately won via decision.

Winner: Daniel Cormier
Who He Should Fight Next: Brock Lensar

It’s not so much who he should fight next, it’s who he will fight. After Cormier made history by knocking out Stipe Miocic in the very first round, “DC” called Brock into the cage and all hell nearly broke loose after the towering Heavyweight shoved the double champion. Obviously, Dana brought Brock into the T-Mobile Arena to challenge the winner, so why people were hating on “DC” calling him out and Brock’s over the top theatrics, is beyond me. It’s Lesnar, you know what you're getting with him. He’s done it time and time again, and will continue to do so.

That said, Dana did say Cormier vs Lesnar is the fight to make, like it or not. And I for one am not too disappointed, as “DC” deserves to cash in on his way out for always being a good ambassador for the sport. And sorry, Curtis, but Cormier vs Blaydes doesn’t exactly have the ring that Cormier vs Lesnar does. But don’t worry, you are still firmly in the mix. As for what this means to the Light Heavyweight division, don’t be surprised if the 205-pound showdown between Alexander Gustafsson and Volkan Oezdemir — which is set for UFC 227 on Aug 4 — gets turned into an interim title fight.

Winner: Derrick Lewis
Who He Should Fight Next: Alexander Volkov

Lewis kissed any hopes of a title fight goodbye after his dreadful performance against Francis Ngannou. Plus, “DC” will only partake in big money fights with his career coming to an end soon. Volkov, meanwhile, has won his first five fights inside the Octagon, including knocking out Fabricio Werdum in his previous outing last March. Lewis knows he needs a few more wins to get into the title picture, and who better to face than a former Heavyweight champion who’s on a roll and ready to stake his own claim in the UFC’s big man division.

Winner: Anthony Pettis
Who He Should Fight Next: Al Iaquinta

Ideally, I would love to see Pettis face Nate Diaz, but the Stockton slugger suddenly thinks he’s above fights like this after Conor McGregor fell into his lap, twice. And I’m willing to bet anything that he will never, ever accept a fight against “Showtime.”

That said, a fight that is more likely to happen is one against Al Iaquinta. Al was set to face Justin Gaethje in a couple of months but pulled out due to nagging injuries. With Pettis a few spots behind him on the rankings list, it’s a fight that makes sens on many levels. Pettis looked good against “Maverick,” and if he can keep it going against a man like “Ragin,” he could find himself moving up the ladder and one step closer to reclaiming the gold belt.

Winner: Mike Perry
Who He Should Fight Next: Yancy Medeiros

Perry was originally set to face Yancy at this event but Medeiros was forced out with an unfortunate injury a few weeks prior to fight night. After Mike took care of Felder in an all-out bloody brawl, it only makes sens to re-book this fight for a future event.

Winner: Khalil Rountree
Who He Should Fight Next: Dominick Reyes

After knocking out — Gokhan Saki — one of the greatest strikers in combat sports, it’s time for Rountree ranked opponent. And while Dominick doesn’t exactly have the name of a Saki, in the MMA world, he is more accomplished than “The Turkish Tyson,” winning his first three UFC fights, going undefeated (9-0) in his combat career. While Reyes is far from a household name, he has done enough to warrant a top 15 ranking, something Khalil doesn’t have.

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