The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Anaheim, CA for the seventh time in promotional history Saturday (July 29, 2017) using UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones II. It was a fun night of action that saw half the bouts end within the space, and together with the scraps today in our rear view, let’s look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the competitors from the evening…
Daniel Cormier vs. Jimi Manuwa
Cormer dropped his UFC light heavyweight title to former name holder Jon“Bones“ Jones in a rematch via third-round TKO. That marked the official defeat of his expert MMA profession, with both coming against Jones. For his return struggle after the reduction, I want to see him take on Manuwa, that came up short at UFC 214, losing to Volkan Oezdemir via knockout inside of the opening minute of their very first round of action. The Brit was on the brink of a title shot but will have to return for another look at the board. If Cormier and Manuwa won, this struggle would have likely gotten made, but that they both came up short, I think it still makes sense to put it all together. Early 2018 would be a fantastic time to pit these two against each other in what is a classic 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 huge heart and won over many new fans. She will certainly be dropping down into the UFC’s 135-pound branch for her next bout, where I’d love to see her take on Carmouche, who last saw action at UFC 205 last November in Madison Square Garden in New York City, where she conquered Katlyn Chookagian via split decision. I think a possible Evinger versus Carmouche matchup will result in an excellent match to the card to the UFC’s coming return trip to the Big Apple to get 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 submitted with a guillotine choke by Brian Ortega from the third round of the contest. Following the defeats, I think that it could make sense to pit both of these enjoyable. This possible contest would be a perfect match on the primary card to November’s UFC Fight Night in Virginia.
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