Ultimate Combating Championship (UFC) staged its very first shell out-for each-watch (PPV) occasion of 2021 with UFC 257 likely down within Etihad Arena on “Fight Island” yesterday (Sat., Jan. 23) in Abu Dhabi. In the headlining act, Dustin Poirier stopped Conor McGregor in the second spherical by way of strikes (see it all over again here). In the co-headlining act, Michael Chandler created an explosive Octagon debut, knocking out Dan Hooker in the first spherical with a vicious still left hook (recap in this article).
Winner: Dustin Poirier
Who He Really should Encounter Up coming: Charles Oliveira for the Lightweight title
Khabib Nurmagomedov is not heading to wander as a result of that door, so it’s higher time for Dana White and Co. to forget about that concept. And even though White did insinuate that it makes feeling to reserve Poirier vs. Michael Chandler for the title next, that would be a big slap in the confront to Oliveira, who has been putting in get the job done for the promotion for a ten years now and is at present using an impressive 8-fight gain streak. This is the title fight to make, there is no other matchup that makes sense at the second for either gentleman.
Winner: Michael Chandler
Who He Should Encounter Following: Justin Gaethje
Chandler had most likely the most effective UFC debut of a former champion coming in from another marketing immediately after knocking out Dan Hooker in the really initial round. Afterward, an psyched Chandler termed out the product of the crop of at 155 lbs, leaving out 1 essential name in the kind of Gaethje. And that’s the combat that should be created up coming. As I pointed out previously, White direct quite a few to feel that the former Bellator MMA winner would be fighting for the title future, but Oliveira must get that honor 1st. In the meantime, Chandler can keep fast paced versus Gaethje. A probable clash among these two guys would be as even as it gets because both equally have outstanding wrestling and hit like Mack vehicles.
Winner: Joanne Calderwood
Who She Must Deal with Future: Lauren Murphy
Joanne Calderwood acquired back again on keep track of and back into the championship race immediately after defeating Jessica Eye on “Fight Island.” When the win was impressive, she even now has some perform to do right before she can rating a date against Valentina Shevchenko. A battle against Murphy helps make perception considering that she is at present rated No. 3 and is on a 4-fight acquire streak. She was established to facial area Cynthia Calvillo but was pressured out of the fight as a end result of a good COVID-19 examination. The winner right here could make a major situation for the upcoming shot at the strap.
Winner: Marina Rodriguez
Who She Should Deal with Future: Michelle Waterson
Rodriguez spoiled Amanda Ribas’ remarkable undefeated run within the Octagon (4-) by putting it on her, knocking her out in the next spherical…on two events. In fact, Marina appeared to have the gain in hand immediately after brutalizing Ribas with a person shot soon after one more. Upon celebrating, Herb Dean educated her that he experienced not place an finish to the bout. No difficulty, Rodriguez regrouped and as soon as towards tagged the Brazilian sensation with horrible strikes, this time putting an close to the struggle for good. Given that Rodriguez stepped in for Waterson just after she bowed out of the Ribas struggle, it only will make sense to award her with that matchup. A earn more than “Karate Hottie” would definitely elevate her inventory.
Winner: Makhmud Muradov
Who He Need to Experience Following: Dalcha Lungiambula
Muradov acquired his fourteenth straight win after knocking out Andrew Sanchez in the third and final spherical. With a few straight wins within the Octagon, Muradov is starting to make some waves at Middleweight and a handful of additional wins will get him closer to the rankings faster, rathe than later. A struggle versus Lungiambula up coming appears pleasing. Lungiambula was final observed earning a acquire about Markus Perez at UFC Fight Island 8 just final 7 days, so their respective turnaround periods need to line up. Dalcha has won 7 of his very last 8 fights, so equally gentlemen are scorching incredibly hot at the second.
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