Stipe Miocic vs Fabricio Werdum II
Stipe Miocic made sure there was no doubt that he was the baddest man on the planet when he destroyed title challenger Francis Ngannou in a five round grueling affair. Completely neutralizing Ngannou’s notoriously dangerous striking with his wrestling, Miocic utilized the perfect game plan necessary in taking out the biggest threat to his title yet. With the win, Stipe Miocic is the first heavyweight to ever defend the UFC title three times in a row, possibly cementing his status as the current all-time greatest fighter in his weight class.
What is next for the reigning champion of the UFC heavyweight division? If you’re looking for a fresh matchup, Cain Velasquez is a fight I am certain Miocic is willing to entertain. But the problem with this matchup is Velasquez has been plagued with injuries that have sidelined him for the better part of the last couple of years. So giving him that opportunity coming off of another layoff would be a risk for the UFC. The other option, which is my choice, is a rematch with the man who lost the belt to Stipe; Fabricio Werdum. Coming off back-to-back wins within the span of a month, Werdum is the highest ranked active fighter coming off of a win, and was doing well on his feet before getting recklessly KO’d by a counter punch from Stipe. It would be interesting to see if Werdum could learn from past mistakes and make it a different kind of fight.
Daniel Cormier vs Alexander Gustafsson II
When it comes to champions in MMA, few fighters carry themselves like Daniel Cormier does in and out of the cage. Taking on dangerous contender Volkan Oezdemir, Cormier constantly walked his opponent down with forward pressure as he blocked counter punches and landed some of his own. It didn’t take too long for Cormier to get Oezdemir to the ground, and once he did, the former Olympian had his way with the challenger on the ground as well, before the referee finally called the bout early in round two.
Nearing the end of his hall of fame worthy career in 2019, time is limited for Cormier, meaning every fight you make for him from now forward should have some meaning. While the UFC president believes a super fight with UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is what people would want to see, I heard far more fans calling for a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson after his win on Saturday. Cormier defended his title against Gustafsson via a split decision in a classic battle that many thought was the fight of the year. Over 2 years later, Gus is on a 2-fight win streak since that loss, and it would be interesting to see if the third time is a charm for the Swedish fighter to capture UFC gold.
Matchups for Remaining UFC 220 Fighters:
-Francis Ngannou vs Derrick Lewis
-Volkan Oezdemir vs Glover Texeira
-Calvin Kattar vs Myles Jury
-Shane Burgos vs Chas Skelly
-Gian Villante vs Tyson Pedro w/ win over Safarov
-Francimar Barrosso vs Devin Clark
-Rob Font vs Brett Johns
-Thomas Almeida vs Tom Duquesnoy
Fox Sports 1:
-Kyle Bochniak vs Gavin Tucker
-Brandon Davis vs Felipe Arantes
-Abdul Razak Alhassan vs Keita Nakamura
-Sabah Homasi vs Max Griffin
-Dustin Ortiz vs Matheus Nicolau
-Alexandre Pantoja vs Magomed Bibulatov
-Julio Arce vs Mads Burnell
-Dan Ige vs Shane Young
UFC Fight Pass:
-Enrique Barzola vs Gray Maynard
-Matt Bessette vs Sheymon Moraes
-Islam Makhachev vs Clay Guida
-Gleison Tibau vs Tony Martin