UFC London went down yesterday (Sat., March 19, 2022) from inside O2 Arena in London, England, featuring several stoppages, including Tom Aspinall defeating Alexander Volkov via a straight armbar (see it here). In the co-main event, Arnold Allen remained perfect (9-0) inside the Octagon, taking Dan Hooker out via technical knockout, also in the first round (highlights).
Biggest Winner: Tom Aspinall
Who He Should Face Next: Tybura vs Rozenstruik winner
After extending his win streak to eight straight, Aspinall can expect to crash the Top 10 later this week. He can also expect to face the winner of the upcoming Heavyweight fight between Marcin Tybura and Jairzinho Rozenstruik, which is expected to go down at UFC 273 on April 9. Both big men are currently ranked ahead of Apsinall, but I expect a lot of things to change. On that note, the 265-pound landscape could be different in the coming months, but for now that’s what I would like to see for Aspinall after scoring a huge win in his home country.
Winner: Arnold Allen
Who He Should Fight Next: Josh Emmett
Allen picked up his eleventh straight win — ninth inside the Octagon — by steamrolling Dan Hooker in the first round. I would love to see Allen take on Emmett next. The scrappy 145-pounder is currently ranked at No. 6, which is one spot ahead of Allen, who sits at No. 7. Emmett is coming off a big win over Dan Ige at UFC 269 in Dec. 2021. Both men love to stand-and-bang and it would be one of Allen’s stiffest tests to date. The winner of this fight moves into the Top 5 and his championship dreams get that much closer.
Winner: Paddy Pimblett
Who He Should Face Next: Ilia Topuria
Why not? The two got into a scuffle prior to their respective fights in London, so the built-in animosity is already there. Granted, Topuria is a Featherweight, but if he decides to make 155 pounds a permanent stay, then putting him up against Pimblett would be bananas. But, UFC is a business and the promotion is obviously banking on “Baddy” to be be its next cash cow, and a fight against Topuria isn’t exactly easing him in, though it’s not like he needs it. Topuria is undefeated (12-0), but he is just four fights deep into his UFC career to Pimblett’s two, so on paper it just seems like the logical fight to make. Whether or not UFC is willing to roll the dice on that, is another story. And yes, I know this is wishful thinking.
Winner: Gunnar Nelson
Who He Should Face Next: Claudio Silva
Nelson picked up a much-needed win to stop the bleeding of his two-fight skid in his long-awaited return to action, defeating Takashi Sato after 15 minutes of action. Up next for “Gunni,” I’d still like him to face Claudio Silva. The two were initially set to throw down at this event before Silva was forced out with a knee injury. Depending on his timeline to return, it’s the logical match up to make, and it would be a grappler’s delight to boot. There is no reason to overthink this one, or allow the opportunity to slip away.
Winner: Molly McCann
Who She Should Face Next: Jinh Yu Frey
McCann picked up her second straight win, knocking out Luana Carolina via devastating spinning back elbow (see it here). A fight against Frey — who has also won two in a row — would be a pretty decent match up to make. Frey is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ashley Yoder, and I’m sure she’d love nothing more than to get back into the swing of things since she last competed in mid-2021. For McCann, a quick turnaround — if required — would be great to keep her momentum going.
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