The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the eight time in promotional history Saturday (June 3, 2017) using UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway. It turned out to be a good night of bits which found nine of 12 bouts end within the space, and with the fights now in our rear perspective, let’s take a look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the competitors from the evening…
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Holloway dethroned Jose Aldo to become to brand new king at 145 lbs, and because of his very first official name defense, I think that it would make most sense for him to take on Frankie Edgar, as that’s a matchup fight fans have been trying to watch for a while now. The other potential candidate for a title shot at Cub Swanson, but his last loss came in the hands of Holloway in a very decisive fashion. That is not a battle that peaks the interest of fight fans, as Holloway would be anticipated to be a massive favorite. The Edgar battle is one in so everyone wants to see it. I believe this potential featherweight title would would be a great match to main event UFC 216 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Rose Namajunas
Gadelha made short work of Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz, defeating her by rear-naked choke submission from the very first round of activity. She now enjoys a two-fight winning series, also for her next excursion within the Octagon, I would like to watch her take on Namajunas in a title eliminator. Both fighters earned rapid victories in their latest bouts, so I would like to see them make a fast turnaround to co-main event August’s UFC Fight Night in Mexico City.
Brian Kelleher vs. Bryan Caraway
Kelleher gained a first-round guillotine-choke submission over veteran Iuri Alcantara in what was a picture perfect promotional debut for the 30-year-old, who used his post-fight address to ask for a Top 10 ranked opponent for a quick turnaround on the upcoming Long Island card in July. I believe an opponent that makes sense is Caraway, that has not seen action as a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling only over one year ago. I believe that is a pairing which is reasonable for both fighters and are a fantastic fit anyplace on the Long Island fight card.
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