Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) staged UFC 250 last night (Sat., June 6, 2020) from inside the promotion’s Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the headlining act, Amanda Nunes defended her Featherweight title to remain UFC champ-champ, brutalizing Felicia Spencer for five rounds (video replay here). Cody Garbrandt, meanwhile, scored perhaps the knockout of the year after blasting Raphael Assuncao into another dimension with a one-hitter quitter.
Winner: Amanda Nunes
Who She Should Fight Next: Megan Anderson, Valentina Shevchenko, other?
Who’s left? The women’s 145-pound weight class is pretty much non-existent, with only Megan Anderson standing out with two straight wins. After that, there aren’t enough fighters to fill out a Top 5 list ... much less Top 15. She can always face current women’s Flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko, a third time at Bantamweight, but Dana White doesn’t seem to keen on the idea. Speaking of Bantamweight, do you know who the No. 1 contender is? Germaine de Randamie, who’s last loss came to Nunes at 145 pounds. Odd times indeed. Thankfully, UFC will have time to figure it out, as “Lioness” revealed that she won’t be returning to action until 2021.
Winner: Cody Garbrandt
Who He Should Face Next: Marlon Moraes
I get the Moraes is the No. 1-ranked fighter at 135 pounds at the moment, but this fight makes sense, and it’s one fans have been wanting to see for some time. When Garbrandt was UFC champ, Moraes was leading the way for World Series of Fighting (WSOF), and a fight between the two was one many dreamed of. With Moraes coming off a win over Jose Aldo, and Garbrandt fresh off his knockout performance, it makes sense to pit them against each other. Petr Yan and Jose Aldo are in line to fight for the vacant title, with Aljamain Sterling in line to fight the winner. And Cory Sandhagen is coming off a loss; so at the end of the day, I can’t see anyone else that makes sense for either man.
Winner: Aljamain Sterling
Who He Should Face Next: Petr Yan vs Jose Aldo winner
Sterling stamped his ticket to the big dance after submitting Sandhagen in just 88 seconds. With the win, “Funkmaster” improved his win streak to five, which means all he has to do is sit back to see how Aldo vs. Yan plays out, which has yet to be officially scheduled. In the meantime, Sterling may want to stay sharp and in shape because he could be called upon to fill the void if either man bows out.
Winner: Neil Magny
Who He Should Fight Next: Vicente Luque
Magny really wants a fight against Michael Chiesa, calling him out once again after defeating Anthony Rocco Martin. The problem? Chiesa has his sights set a little bit higher at the moment. A fight that I’d rather see is Mangy against Luque, who is coming off a win over Niko Price at UFC 249. It marked his first victory since having his six-fight win streak snapped by Stephen Thompson. Luque is hanging onto the No. 13 spot, while Magny is close to breaking in, so booking them to tango seems appropriate.
Winner: Sean O’Malley
Who He Should Fight Next: John Dodson
O’Malley picked up one of the biggest wins of his young career this weekend, knocking out Eddie Wineland in the first round. It was an impressive win for “Suga,” who will now be facing stiffer competition moving forward. A fight against Dodson seems appropriate, as “The Magician” is coming off a win and has a wealth of combat experience inside the Octagon to really test O’Malley. Bantamweight is proving to be one of the most talent-rich divisions under the UFC banner, so if O’Malley wants to score bigger and better fights, getting through Dodson is a good way to keep ascending.
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