In the UFC’s fourth exhibit at the APEX in Vegas, four remarkable women’s bouts highlighted the card.
On the prelims, Lauren Murphy (13-4) scored a massive get in the flyweight division when she defeated Roxanne Modafferi (24-17) via unanimous determination.
Also in the flyweight division, Gillian Robertson (8-4) scored her fifth UFC end with a third-round submission of Cortney Casey (9-8).
In the strawweight division, “The Tiny Tornado” Tecia Torres (11-5) snapped a four-combat skid when she defeated previous Invicta champ Brianna Van Buren (9-3) by unanimous choice.
Finally, on the most important card, former bantamweight title challenger Raquel Pennington (11-8) scored an critical victory in excess of the birthday lady, Marion Reneau (9-6-1).
Now that the fights have concluded, what’s next for the women of all ages of UFC Vegas 4?
Since coming off TUF 26 in 2017, “The Content Warrior” has alternated wins and losses in her previous seven fights. The final decision decline to Murphy surely stumps her momentum adhering to a big January earn in excess of Maycee Barber, even so, it should not send out her much too considerably back again in the rankings. There are two fights that could make feeling for Roxy up coming: Montana De La Rosa or Gillian Robertson. The two fights would element a seasoned veteran as opposed to a promising up-and-comer and both bouts would almost unquestionably contain some exciting, large-degree grappling exchanges.
The UD acquire around Roxy extends Murphy’s gain streak to a few and must established her up for a superior-profile prospect in the flyweight division. Just after the combat, “Lucky” identified as for Cynthia Calvillo. Why not? Murphy now retains a single of the longest energetic acquire streaks in the division powering the winner and Calvillo jumped to thirteen spots to No. 2 in the official rankings with her victory last 7 days. If Calvillo is not readily available due to health-related suspensions, the UFC should glimpse to capitalize on the serious-lifestyle beef between Murphy and Jessica Eye by scheduling a battle among the two. Additionally, Murphy vs. Eye would make feeling from a rankings point of view.
“Cast Iron” shed to Robertson in what was her next UFC flyweight visual appearance. Although she has not shut the doorway on a return to 115 lbs, Casey is probably to stick around in the flyweight division for a small bit. Really should she do so, Casey ought to facial area Mayra Bueno Silva in her following outing. Silva is coming off to the very first pro reduction of her vocation to Maryna Moroz and like Casey, Silva have a rather properly-rounded assault. For included story, Silva retains a submission earn over Robertson.
Robertson has proven to be just one of the division’s finest finishers— particularly with her submission competencies. Having efficiently rebounded from a TKO reduction to Maycee Barber, Robertson really should established her sights on Roxanne Modafferi. The UFC likes to matchup fighters who share common opponents and Modafferi and Robertson have that in the aforementioned Barber. It’d be a excellent grappling matchup and offers “The Savage” the option to climb the rankings.
BRIANNA VAN BUREN
Despite shedding to Tecia Torres in her sophomore UFC physical appearance, BVB still possesses a whole lot of opportunity. Matchmakers must established up Van Buren vs. the fighter who will come out on the getting rid of stop of the scheduled Felice Herrig/Virna Jandiroba matchup. If it’s Jandiroba, it would be a matchup of previous Invicta strawweight champions who under no circumstances crossed paths. If it’s Herrig, it would be an appealing take a look at vs . a veteran competitor with a diverse design than Tecia.
The “Tiny Tornado” secured a crucial win at Vegas 4, snapping a 4-combat skid and wanting amazing in executing so. In a stacked strawweight division, TT will have her function minimize out for her as she looks to climb again up the rankings. A matchup with Yan Xiaonan would make for an fascinating stylistic firefight— it would give Torres an opportunity to break back again into the leading ten and take out a soaring up-and-comer, and it would give Yan the prospect to incorporate an additional massive name to her resume.
Reneau was on the incorrect side of a choice after a grueling 3-round affair with Pennington. It is a tough loss for Reneau who is now on a 3-struggle skid. “The Belizean Bruiser” is very well-rounded and athletic plenty of to give any bantamweight problems but will have to have to make some adjustments in her next out. She ought to experience Lina Lansberg, who is coming off a reduction to Sara McMann, a popular opponent for the two. A further possibility for Reneau is prime fifteen ranked Macy Chiasson.
“Rocky” bounced again from a January reduction to Holm with a person of her most spectacular performances in latest memory. Pennington is now 2-2 because hard Nunes for the title in 2018. She ought to get on the winner of Yana Kunitskaya/Ketlen Vieira scheduled for August 1. They are all in the exact bracket of the rankings and equally fighters possess a distinctive problem for Rocky— Kunitskaya with her placing and dimensions and Vieira for her sizing and grappling. Yet another solution for Pennington— Julianna Pena. They have a historical past from both equally being on TUF 18 and are near to one an additional in the rankings.
What do you believe of these matchups? What would you like to see upcoming for the females of UFC Vegas 4?