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UFC Orlando results: Matches to make for ‘Thompson vs. Holland’ main card winners

UFC Fight Night: Thompson v Holland Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

UFC Orlando went down last night (Sat., Dec. 3, 2022) from inside Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., with Stephen Thompson defeating Kevin Holland via fourth round technical knockout after “Trailblazer’s” corner threw in the towel in what truly was an exciting bout (highlights). In further action, Rafael dos Anjos submitted Bryan Barberena, while Sergei Pavlovich stopped Tai Tuivasa via strikes in the first round.

UFC Fight Night: Thompson v Holland Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Winner: Stephen Thompson
Who He Should Face Next: Michel Pereira

Thompson got back into the win column after picking up a huge win over Holland, snapping his two-fight skid. Thompson looked as good as he ever has thanks in large part to his opponent’s willingness to let the entire fight play out on the feet, which is “Wonderboy’s” specialty. In a perfect world, Thompson would always face a striker, but grappling is part of the game and he will eventually have to face that again. For now, a fight against Pereira makes sense if the promotion wants to pair him up against another stand up specialist. Pereira is on a five-fight win streak and is ranked No. 14.

UFC Fight Night: Thompson v Holland Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

Winner: Rafael dos Anjos
Who He Should Face Next: Sean Brady

This is the only issue I have with fighters moving up and down in divisions: they gain no traction. dos Anjos defeated Barberena in 170-pound match up after going 2-1 at Lightweight since dropping back down where he is currently ranked No. 7. Winning this fight does nothing for him at any weight class because Barberena isn’t close to a Top 15 fighter. As for his post-fight call out, he isn’t ever going to get a fight against Conor McGregor because he needs to get it through his head the only reason “Notorious” wanted anything to do with him in the first place was because he had the title at the time. If he decides to stay at Welterweight, then a fight against Brady sounds legit. Brady is coming off a tough loss to Belal Muhammad at UFC 280, so a win over “RDA” helps him get back on track.

UFC Fight Night: Thompson v Holland Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

Winner: Matheus Nicolau
Who He Should Face Next: Brandon Royval

Nicolau picked up his sixth straight win after dominating Matt Schnell and scoring a second round technical knockout win. This will go a long way in helping him crack the Top 5. If not, then perhaps a win over Royval — who is ranked No. 4 — will be enough to do the trick. Royval has won two straight, but was forced out of a fight this month because of a bum wrist. Perhaps he’ll be ready in early 2023 to face Nicolau.

UFC Fight Night: Thompson v Holland Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

Winner: Sergei Pavlovich
Who He Should Face Next: Curtis Blaydes

The Heavyweight division has another big man making moves in Pavlovich, who has now won five in a row (all five first-round knockout). The only man who makes sense for him at the moment is Blaydes, who is currently ranked No. 3. Blaydes has won three in a row and is looking to fight his way into a title shot, but with the futures of Francis Ngannou, Jon Jones and Stipe Miococ rather muddy at the moment, these two big men can stay busy fighting each other.

UFC Fight Night: Thompson v Holland Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

Winner: Roman Dolidze
Who He Should Face Next: Gastelum vs Imavov winner

Dolidze is currently on a strong surge, having won four in a row, including his latest conquest over Jack Hermansson. He is inching closer to a Top 15, but if he doesn’t get in this week he will likely need one more win to put him over the edge. A fight versus the winner of the upcoming fight between Kelvin Gastelum and Nassourdine Imavov — which takes place on Jan. 14 — makes sense. Granted, both men are ranked, while Dolidze is not at this moment, but it would be a great test for all men involved regardless of how the chips fall. Gastelum hasn’t exactly been lighting it up over the last few years, but he is still holding on to a Top 15 ranking for his overall body of work. As for Imavov, he has was three straight and is ranked No. 12.

UFC Fight Night: Thompson v Holland Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

Winner: Eryk Anders
Who He Should Face Next: Rodolfo Vieira

Anders snapped his two-fight losing streak by stopping Kyle Daukaus, pounding him out in the second round after two rounds of punishment. Up next, a fight against Vieira sounds appealing. Vieira is coming off a loss to Chris Curtis, but is 3-2 overall inside the Octagon. He was set to face Cody Brundage last month, but was forced to pull out of the event. This would be a good test for both men to see who’s style, stand up (Anders) or ground game (Vieira) proves superior.

UFC Fight Night: Thompson v Holland Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

Winner: Phil Rowe
Who He Should Face Next: Daniel Rodriguez

Rowe picked up his third straight win, all via technical knockout, by stopping Niko Price in the third round of their hard-fought battle. Rodriguez, meanwhile, recently has his four-fight win streak snapped by Neil Magny earlier this month. This is a good test for Rowe because it let’s us know just where he is at because Rodriguez will be a huge step up in competition. For Rodriguez, stopping Rowe’s momentum gives him some much-needed, newfound confidence.


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