Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Sept. 8, 2018) as it staged UFC 228 from inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. And of course, after earning a low score on my preview prior to fight night, the event delivered with nine finishes, including four on the main card such as Tyron Woodley’s impressive submission victory over Darren Till (see it again here).
Winner: Tyron Woodley
Who He Should Fight Next: Colby Covington
Let’s now screw this one up UFC, as this is the fight to make. While I didn’t have a big problem with the promotion pegging Darren Till as “Chaos’s” replacement against Tyron, I would’ve preferred UFC wait a month for Colby to get ready.
Just to avoid a potential upset and ruin this potential matchup. While it’s not one that will shatter box office records, it’s one that needs to happen bases on their history and Colby’s non-stop chatter. It’s the chance for Woodley to shut him up once and for all, or for Covington to say, “told you so.”
Winner: Jessica Andrade
Who She Should Fight Next: Title shot vs Rose Namajunas
Jessica deserves it without a doubt, which won’t be what Joanna Jedrzejczyk wants to hear, but tough cookies. No way on earth does “JJ” deserve it after getting stomped twice by “Thug Rose” and winning one fight since. Jessica is on a three fight win streak and put a stamp on it by knocking out Karolina Kowalkiewicz. I really don’t have to make a strong argument for Andrade, she did that last night herself.
Winner: Zabit Magomedsharipov
Who He Should Face Next: Yair Rodriguez
I just want to see this fight, and since Zabit defeated Brandon Davis to secure his win streak (see it), I’d like to see the promotion re-book this fight, possibly for UFC 230 in New York. “ZaBeast” wants Jose Aldo or Chad Mendes next, and though I’d like to see those fights, too, I don’t seem them happening anytime soon. Match him up against Yair, and if he defeats him, then give him Mendes or Aldo.
Winner: Jimmie Rivera
Who He Should Face Next: Dominick Cruz
No, Cruz shouldn’t be in the title conversation, as he is coming off a loss and an extended hiatus due to injury. While it’s a tough break for Dominick, he needs to win another fight in order to earn shot at the title. Call me crazy, but it’s getting kind of old seeing the same three fighters take one another in Cruz, T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt. Rivera was on the cusp of a title shot before Marlon Moraes cleaned his clock, so a win over Dominick after taking out John Dodson, will put him back in the picture. For Dominick, handing Rivera another defeat definitely puts him at the top of the list.
Winner: Abdul Razak Alhassan
Who He Should Face Next: Geoff Neal
Both men scored impressive knockouts in Dallas, and this fight just screams “fun.” Geoff and Abdul are riding a four an three fight win streaks, respectively, and are looking to take the leap into the top 15. While they have plenty of work to get there, this matchup will help their case. Both like to bang it out, and I honestly don’t see a reason for this fight to happen.
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