UFC Vegas 70 took place this past weekend (Sat., Feb. 25, 2023) in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring a Middleweight fight that saw Brendan Allen submit Andre Muniz (highlights). Fight fans hoping to watch Ryan Spann vs. Nikita Krylov will just have to wait a little while longer. Nevertheless, in UFC Vegas 70’s co-main event, Augusto Sakai earned a new lease on his Ultimate Fighting Chimpionship (UFC) career by defeating Don’Tale Mayes via unanimous decision, snapping his four-fight losing streak. In further action, Tatiana Suarez returned after a lengthy layoff to submit Montana De La Rosa (highlights here).
Winner: Brendan Allen
Who He Should Face Next: Jack Hermansson
After Allen won his fourth straight, he took the opportunity to call out everyone who has defeated him, including Sean Strickland and Chris Curtis. He also called out some new folks in the form of Jack Hermansson and Driccus Du Plessis. Out of all of those potential matches, one against Hermansson makes the most sense. While Hermansson is currently ranked No. 9, he hasn’t exactly been lighting it up like a Top 10 fighter. He is coming off a loss to Roman Dolidze and has been alternating wins and losses since 2019 to earn a 4-4 record in his last eight fights. I normally don’t like streaking fighters taking on one who is coming off a loss, but this one makes sense since Allen is trying to climb into the Top 15.
Winner: Augusto Sakai
Who He Should Face Next: Josh Parisian
Sakai may have earned himself another fight inside the Octagon, but he shouldn’t expect a ranked opponent in his next fight ... and not for awhile. As for his next challenge, perhaps a big man showdown against Parisian is in order. Parisian is coming off tough loss to UFC newcomer, Jamal Pogues, at UFC Vegas 69 just last week, so the turnaround times should sync up. It’s not the most intriguing match, but it’s what’s likely necessary next.
Winner: Tatiana Suarez
Who She Should Face Next: Rose Namajunas?
There is no telling where Suarez will land in the Top 15 following her big win, so who she gets will depend heavily on that. Plus, she has stated that she wants to drop down to Strawweight, so until we get a definitive weight class for her next fight, it’s all very much up in the air. Should she drop down, she has already called for a fight against Rose Namajunas. I don’t hate the fight, I actually like it. The problem is “Thug Rose” is currently ranked No. 2 in the division while Suarez is nowhere to be seen in the rankings. Her big win could get her right back into the mix, however, so if Namajunas is game, why not book the fight? Namajunas is coming off a loss to Carla Esparza, so if she can be the first to defeat Suarez it gets her right back into the championship conversation.
Winner: Mike Malott
Who He Should Face Next: Matthew Semelsberger
Malott picked up his fifth straight win, earning a first round submission win over Yohan Lainesse. He is now 2-0 since breaking in via Contender Series, and all of his wins on his current streak have come via first round stoppage (three submissions and two knockouts). A fight against Semelsberger — who is 5-2 inside the Octagon — could be a good test for Malott. Semelsberger is coming off a huge win over Jake Matthews in Dec. 2022.
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