UFC Vegas 56 went down last night (Sat., June 4, 2022) inside UFC Apex Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event, Alexander Volkov knocked out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the first round (see it here); however, it wasn’t without some controversy. In the co-main event, Movsar Evloev dominated Dan Ige to earn a unanimous decision win (recap here), keeping his perfect record intact (16-0, 6-0 UFC).
Winner: Alexander Volkov
Who He Should Face Next: Lewis vs Pavlovich winner
After getting back in the win column thanks to a stoppage win over Rozenstruik, Volkov should face the winner of Derrick Lewis and Sergei Pavlovich, which is set to go down at UFC 277 on July 30, 2022. Lewis has a knockout win over Volkov — a fight “Drago” was winning — and a match up against Pavlovich would be fresh. Either one of these big man collisions would work well.
Winner: Movsar Evloev
Who He Should Face Next: Ilia Topuria
It’s probably not a fight I would have gone for, but Evloev called for a showdown against Arnold Allen after he picked up a dominant win over Ige in the co-main event. The problem with that is Allen is currently ranked No. 6, so he is probably looking at someone further up the ladder, though there is no denying a fight between them would be bananas. Topuria, meanwhile, bashed Evloev for avoiding a showdown between them. Topuria (No. 15) is undefeated (12-0, 4-0 UFC), so it would be a great battle of unbeatens.
Winner: Alonzo Menifield
Who He Should Face Next: Jim Crute
Menifield picked up a dominant technical knockout win over Askar Mozharov (see it here), putting him back in the win column and giving him some confidence moving forward. Up next for the powerful striker, a showdown against Crute seems logical. Yes, Crute is on a two-fight losing streak, but he is currently ranked No. 15, which is where Menifield wants to be. Crute won’t be getting anyone ranked above him because of his recent woes, so taking out “Atomic” could be what he needs to hang on to the final spot on the rankings. For Menifield, defeating Crute should finally get him where he wants to be.
Winner: Karine Silva
Who She Should Face Next: Luana Carolina
Silva made an explosive impression in her first-ever UFC fight, forcing Poliana Botelho to tap to a Brabo choke in the first round, giving her finish No. 15 in her 15 career victories, as well as her sixth straight win. Up next for the Brazilian standout, I am feeling a fight against Carolina, whose last win also came over Botelho. Carolina is coming off a loss, however, losing to Molly McCann two short months ago. She is five fights deep into her UFC career, going 3-2 so far, so she does have a tad bit of experience edge over Silva.
Winner: Lucas Almeida
Who He Should Face Next: Devonte Smith
Like Silva, Almeida also dazzled in his UFC debut, knocking out Michael Trizano in the third round. For Almeida, the road to the facing the cream of the crop will be a slow one, so a showdown against Smith seems ideal. Smith is on a two-fight losing streak, dropping consecutive fights to Ludovit Klein and Jamie Mullarky, bringing him to an even 3-3 inside the Octagon. Still, he would be a stiff test for Almeida, who is just starting out his UFC career.
Winner: Ode Osbourne
Who He Should Fight Next: Brandon Royval
Osbourne picked up his second straight win, scoring an impressive knockout win over Zarrukh Adashev in just 61 seconds, moving him to 3-2 inside the Octagon. Now $50,000 richer, Osbourne can expect a move up in competition next in a potential scrap against Brandon Royval, who has also won two straight. The scrappy 125-pounder was last seen submitting Matt Schnell with a guillotine at UFC 274 last month, so their turnaround times would be similar.
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