UFC Vegas 80 stormed UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, last night (Sat., Oct. 7, 2023), which saw Bobby Green stun Grant Dawson in the first round, stopping him via strikes in just 33 seconds. In the co-main event, Joe Pyfer submitted Abdul Razak Alhassan in round two (watch it here).
Winner: Bobby Green
Who He Should Face Next: Dan Hooker
Callouts sometimes makes things easier, especially when the one being challenged is down to scrap. That’s just what happened after Green called for a fight against Dan Hooker following his first-round drubbing of “KGD.” Hooker is currently ranked No. 9 and, like Green, is on a two-fight win streak. Green could expect to crack the Top 15 after beating the No. 10-seeded fighter in the division, so this fight makes sense.
Winner: Joe Pyfer
Who He Should Face Next: Roman Kopylov
Pyfer improved his win streak to five and increased his perfect record inside the Octagon (3-0) after disposing of Razak Alhassan in two rounds. The Contender Series alum has made the most of his time inside the eight-walled cage, and looks to build off his streaking momentum. I like a fight against Kopylov next because like Pyfer, he is on a nice little run. Indeed, Kopylov has won four straight after starting off his UFC career with two straight defeats. He knocked out Josh Fremd just last month, so he and Pyfer’s turnaround times could sync up perfectly.
Winner: Drew Dober
Who He Should Face Next: Renato Moicano
Dober’s last seven wins have come via (technical) knockout, so the man is no joke when it comes to handling his business on the feet. He does, after all, hold the record for most knockouts in the 155-pound weight class (9). And he proved it again last night, wiping out Ricky Glenn to improve to 4-1 over his last five fights. After his win, Dober called out Michael Chandler, but that simply isn’t in the cards at the moment. A fight against Moicano may not be as appealing to Dober, but it’s one that is more likely. Moicano is currently ranked No. 13 and is 3-1 in his last four fights. Let’s see what’s what between these two and if Dober can pull off an impressive win, then he can start looking ahead to higher-ranked foes.
Winner: Joaquin Buckley
Who He Should Face Next: Bryan Battle
Buckley had himself a great night, taking it to Alex Morono to earn a clear-cut unanimous decision to score his second straight win since dropping down to Welterweight. A fight against Battle is an interesting one that could deliver the goods. Battle is 5-1 so far in his young UFC career, while Buckley is 5-2 in his last seven. It’s a matchup that may not appeal to many, but it’s one that I am not opposed to at this stage of their respective UFC careers.
Winner: Bill Algeo
Who He Should Face Next: William Gomis
Algeo has quietly won four of his last five fights, including his unanimous decision win over a game Alexander Hernandez last night in “Sin City.” As for Gomis, he is undefeated so far inside the Octagon, winning his first three fights, including his most recent stoppage win over Yanis Ghemmouri last month. Gomis is currently on a highly-impressive 11-fight win streak spanning five years.
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