The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Anaheim, CA for the first time in promotional background Saturday (July 29, 2017) with UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones II. It was an entertaining night of activity that saw half of the bouts end inside the space, and with all the bits today in our rear view, let’s take a look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the opponents in the day…
Daniel Cormier vs. Jimi Manuwa
Cormer lost his UFC light heavyweight title to former title holder Jon”Bones” Jones in a rematch through third-round TKO. That marked the official defeat of his MMA career, with both against Jones. For his return struggle following the reduction, I would like to watch him take on Manuwa, that also came up short at UFC 214, dropping to Volkan Oezdemir via knockout inside the opening moment of the very first round of activity. The Brit was on the edge of a title shot but will now have to return for another look at the board. In case Cormier and Manuwa won, this struggle would have likely gotten made, but now that they came up short, I think it makes sense to put it all together. Early 2018 are a good time to pit these two from each other in what is a striker versus grappler matchup.
Tonya Evinger vs. Liz Carmouche
Evinger made her long-awaited UFC introduction, even though a weight class above from the UFC’s new women’s featherweight division, where she collaborated for the branch’s empty title against Cris”Cyborg” Justino. She came up short, losing the bout through third-round TKO, though she displayed tremendous heart and won over many new fans. She will surely be dropping down to the UFC’s 135-pound division for her next bout, where I would like to see her shoot on Carmouche, that last saw action at UFC 205 last November at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where she defeated Katlyn Chookagian via split decision. I think a possible Evinger versus Carmouche matchup would result in an superb match to the card for the UFC’s coming return visit to the Big Apple for UFC 217.
Jason Knight vs. Renato Moicano
Knight and Moicano both came up short this past Saturday night, together with Knight suffering a first-round TKO loss to Ricardo Lamas and Moicano being filed with a guillotine choke by Brian Ortega from the next round of their competition. After the beats, I think that it would make sense to pit these two fun. This potential 145-pound competition would be a perfect fit on the main card to the UFC Fight Night in Virginia of November.
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