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