With all the excitement of UFC 225 there a couple things to take away from the weekend’s event. Here is me having a little fun trying to do Sean Shelby’s job for him.
Alistar Overeem- The loser of the Derrick Lewis vs Francis Ngannou should be next for Alistar. Although he didn’t put on the worst preformance, he was victim of yet another knock out. If Lewis loses its a great test for what would be a falling career for Overeem and if Ngannou loses it makes for a rematch that i do not think anybody would complain about.
Curtis Blades- Curtis should fight the winner of that same fight, Ngannou vs Lewis. Blades is on a 4 fight win streak in the UFC over elite fighter like Mark Hunt and Alistar Overeem. If he falls short of his title shot for now i think this would be 100% a title eliminator fight with the winner fighting the champion next. Although he is more likley to get the call for the title fight if Cormier beats Stipe. At this point Daniel would appear to be unstopable and the UFC would be forced to throw a elite wrestler at him.
Tai Tuivasa- This is yet another young heavyweight on the come up. With a lot of the heavyweights ahead of him already being booked for the upcoming future i would say the best prediction would be that his next fight will be against Alexander Volkov. So long as Volkov doesn’t get the next call for the title i think Tai would be the best match-up for him. Volkov is a great striker with crazy reach. Tuivasa on the other hand is a straight savage and will win at any cost. If Alexander does get the call for the title shot i think Tai should wait till closer to the end of this year and fight the winner of either JDS vs Blagoy Ivanov or Marcin Tybura vs Stefen Struve. Any one of those 4 fighters will be Tuivasa’s toughest fight to date and will be extremely exciting to see.
Andri Arlovski- Only winning 2 out of his last 5 fights, all three of his losses coming to young up and coming heavyweights, i feel as though he should challenge himself and fight another young guy. Justin Willis is the first name that comes to mind. On a 3 fight win streak in the UFC, this would be a great chance for Arlovski to redeem himself and stop the hype train that is Justin Willis.
Holly Holm- In her post fight interview in the octagon she made it clear that winning her 135 belt back was the top thing on her to-do list. With all respect to Holm 135 is her natural division. She doesn’t have a problem getting to 135 and she is more in the bantamweight body frame. I say Dana should give her what she wants and let her fight Amanda Nunez for the women’s Bantamweight title.
Rafael Dos Anjos- Coming off this loss to Covington i think he should have to fight Steven Thompson or Darren Till. My first choice would be Darren Till if i am the matchmaker because Till just beat wonder boy. On the other hand Dana might feel that the Till fight with Thompson was so close that Thompson gets the fight because of how new to the company Till is. Till has already stated that he doesn’t care who he fights next and that he is okay with Thompson getting the crack at the loser of the Interim fight.
Yoel Romero- Next fight should be either Daniel Cormier or llir Latifi at Light Heavyweight. Its not any breaking news that Romero is having a lot of trouble making 185. With the move up to 205 in the near future, a fight with elite wrestlers is the best fight to make for him in that division. He gets Cormier if he loses to Stipe, if not Dana will more then likely look to give him Latifi.
Robert Whittaker- For me this was pretty easy, his next opponent will be Chris Weidman. It was between Weidman and Gastlem for me and being as though Weidman’s last fight was a win over Gastlem it makes it pretty obvious that he should get the next crack at the belt.