UFC 279 will possess so with out complications been worse. Li Jingliang vs. Daniel Rodriguez might maybe well additionally just were a dud, Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kevin Holland might maybe well additionally just were a total and recount route, but Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson had essentially the most interesting bout that you would have the ability to additionally remember on an evening after they had been both location up to lose badly—and that’s a lawful thing.
So, does the UFC mute possess a region for Ferguson if he can’t ranking a capacity to desire a fight? Will Chimaev glean forced to middleweight, or is there mute some path to welterweight gold for the rising star? And did Julian Erosa trusty originate himself a top 15 fighter in the featherweight division?
To acknowledge to those questions—and loads of diversified things—I’ll be utilizing the classic Silva/Shelby fight booking methodology from the UFC of years previous. Which system pitting winners towards winners, losers towards losers, and equally tenured abilities up towards one one more. Confidently, by following that mannequin, a few of those bout strategies will essentially originate it off the salvage page and into the Octagon. Now, let’s glean to the fights!
There’s nothing but blue sky out sooner than Nate Diaz lawful now. He walked out of the UFC with a stout payday in a PPV headliner, with a stout correct victory over an opponent who practically indubitably would possess beaten him had they essentially fought, and he got his hand raised for trusty the second time since 2016. His fight with Tony Ferguson might maybe well additionally just were cartoonish at cases and barely ever a showcase of electrifying skill or dominance, but it used to be exactly the originate of victory to handiest originate a likely boxing bout towards Jake Paul the total more scrumptious. A reminder that desire or lose, Diaz is terribly a few enjoyable to survey and might maybe well fully direct a crowd and retain their consideration. All whereas no longer taking a scrutinize so unhealthy that he’d feel treasure too stout a step up in competition. Not regularly ever has there ever been this kind of transparent slam dunk in future fight booking, namely when the UFC isn’t enthusiastic. Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz is coming to a boxing ring in 2023.
That’s 5 straight losses for the archaic UFC intervening time gentle-weight champion. Nonetheless, if followers expected ‘El Cucuy’ to exit UFC 279 on a down imprint, that appears to be anything else diversified than the case. Despite taking a scrutinize shaky in boxing exchanges all fight, Ferguson used to be instant to picture followers that he used to be “aid” and feeling lawful—with trusty a few adjustments to originate in the wake of this loss. At 0-5 in the final two years, nonetheless, it stays to be considered trusty how a long way on this comeback toddle the UFC is bright to observe T-Ferg. I’d possess to depend on that stepping up and serving to to save this PPV will arrangement terminate him a further fight, but when he loses that then it’s laborious to mediate the put he’d skedaddle subsequent.
If Ferguson is gonna defend at welterweight, I’d treasure to verify him booked towards Robbie Lawler. That’s the originate of fable vs. fable fight I’m here to verify him bag. Nonetheless Ruthless is booked towards Santiago Ponzinibbio lawful now. In clarify a substitute I’ll skedaddle ahead and bellow book Ferguson towards Matt Brown. If he’s going aid to gentle-weight? Then I dunno? Per chance Clay Guida or Joe Lauzon? Nonetheless those don’t retain powerful right hobby.
Khamzat Chimaev trusty fully ran through Kevin Holland on a day’s survey. He hit a double leg straight off the outlet bell (with the duck underneath on the glove contact) and never let Holland possess a moment’s respiratory room after. As soon as he found his technique to the D’arce setup he hung onto that choke and readjusted it repeatedly till he got the tap. An fully venomous man on the mats and a bodily drive that few opponents seem primed to contend with. The most convenient ask essentially is, now, does the UFC likelihood him on the welterweight title shot that he had already apparently earned? If nothing else, this weight pass over made it more seemingly than ever that Usman gets that rematch with Edwards subsequent, but that doesn’t mean Chimaev can’t trusty depend on the winner of that bout. If he doesn’t are searching to lend a hand, then throw him into a bout towards Paulo Costa at 185 or towards Colby Covington at 170. If he does wait, then the UFC better originate rattling positive they’ve a bag-in title fight opponent ready and waiting in the wings. Costa vs. Chimaev is a stout subsequent bout if Chimaev is going to fight again soon.
A moderately tepid performance from both Li Jingliang and Daniel Rodriguez both here. It appears treasure the short survey nature of the bout essentially got to both men. Heaps of jabbing a full bunch low kicks, a few heavy exchanges early and then it used to be principally a probing contest of functions. I’m no longer all that convinced Rodriguez acquired it, but it used to be terminate ample that I’m no longer going to bag right umbrage with the resolution. That can per chance well possess to mute location Rodriguez up for a ranked opponent subsequent outing, even supposing this wasn’t the originate of fight that’s gonna possess followers filled with anticipation. Bookings with the likes of Neil Magny, Geoff Neal, Michel Pereira or Michael Chiesa would all be dedication. The bout towards Pereira appears treasure it’d be namely enjoyable and unpredictable. Michel Pereira vs. Daniel Rodriguez is a stout technique to verify if ‘D-Rod’ can originate a right region for himself in the rankings.
By the scrutinize of things, Macy Chiasson had one way or the opposite found her moment towards top flight competition. Despite a tough first round that had Irene Aldana showing totally dominant, Chiasson came out in the second, found herself a takedown and spent the comfort of the round crushing ‘Robles’ from top retain watch over. That dynamic gave the influence certain for repetition in the third when Chiasson got Aldana down again and postured up over her to land heavy photography. All of a sudden she used to be on the mat and it used to be Aldana getting her hand raised in victory. One of essentially the most comely KO’s I’ve ever considered. That victory has Aldana in spitting distance of title competition all over again.
That would mean the UFC goes for rematches with Ketlen Vieira or Raquel Pennington, or a fight with Pena if she’s no longer getting an on the spot title bout rematch. If the UFC desires to book Nunes vs. Aldana they’los angeles smartly. She’s as becoming a challenger as anybody. Nonetheless I’ll skedaddle ahead and bellow Aldana vs. Pena is the fight to originate. If Pena can earn off a top contender or two, the premise of her fighting for the belt again makes more sense. And if Aldana wins that, then there’s no question she can possess to mute glean an opportunity at gold.
A badly, badly wanted desire for Johnny Walker in a fight that regarded as if it would glean off to a depressing originate. Cutelaba got him down early and regarded as if it would possess Walker caught on his aid. Nonetheless the Brazilian scrambled free, became the tables and got a takedown all his get to lastly find yourself in aid retain watch over searching the RNC. Some laborious fought hand-fighting later and Walker had his first desire since 2021. That seemingly places the Brazilian lawful aid in amongst the perimeters of the head 15 attempting to search out an action battle. Fights with Jim Crute, Dustin Jacoby, or maybe Azamat Murzakanov all seem treasure they’d be enjoyable choices. Pondering his latest struggles, I’ll bellow the UFC can possess to mute skedaddle with the fighter lowest on the totem pole. Murzakanov looks treasure a that you would have the ability to additionally remember future contender, a desire over Walker might maybe well per chance be stout for him. And if Walker can pull that victory off, it’d be a stout technique to yell he’s truly aid to compete with the elite at 205. Walker vs. Murzakanov appears treasure an excellent gentle heavyweight scrap.
An unbelievably gutsy performance from Julian Erosa, who took the fight to Dawodu early and with beefy self perception in his energy. Despite eating a few photography and a total lot of low kicks, Erosa made that strategy repay with a bevy of uppercuts that had Dawodu badly rocked. Despite the indisputable truth that he didn’t glean the end, that location the tone for the comfort of the bout and drove ‘Juicy-J’ on to a sweeping unanimous resolution victory. That lines Erosa up for any of loads of featherweight wars. Bouts treasure Billy Quarantillo, Jonathan Pearce, Nathaniel Wood, or Ricardo Ramos. The acknowledge here appears apparent to me. At 6’ 1” is Erosa too well-known a assignment for the archaic bantamweight? Can Wood retain his upward push heading in the appropriate route toward the head 15 at 145 lbs? A surefire war and a stout test for the ‘Prospect’, Wood vs. Erosa is need to verify entertainment.
As expected, this used to be an fully crushing performance from Almeida. He got Anton Turkalj backing up early, shot in on him, took him down, and then spent the next four minutes surroundings him up to glean subbed. Absolute masterclass from the Brazilian. After the bout, he instructed Joe Rogan that he desires to defend at heavyweight and desires to fight again on subsequent month’s PPV. I don’t assume there’s any room for him on that card, but it presentations he’s desirous to glean aid available in the market as quickly as that you would have the ability to additionally remember. That would mean bouts with opponents treasure Sergey Spivak, Chris Daukaus, Sergei Pavlovich, and even a re-booking of his bout with Shamil Abdurakhimov—if the Dagestani can glean his Visa components solved. I’ll bellow that Spivak vs. Almedia is the fight to originate. Spivak’s stout dimension and aggressive wrestling sport can possess to mute originate for an interesting battle towards the grappling ace.
Midway during the first round of this fight it regarded treasure Chris Barnett used to be in rather a few peril. He’d been dropped, Collier used to be forcing a war on him, and he used to be starting up to scrutinize drained. By the end of round 1, things handiest regarded worse. His left scrutinize used to be closing badly, his mouth used to be inserting originate and speculation used to be running rampant that his jaw would be damaged. When Barnett’s nook instructed him, “You bought this” between rounds, it gave the influence treasure a final desperate desire for self perception in a war that used to be already lost. Before long, Barnett used to be down on the mat again, with Collier on his aid attempting to search out the RNC. A minute later, off a busted takedown, it used to be Barnett on Collier’s aid losing photography.
A excellent comeback TKO for the ‘Beast Boy’. Time to place him in one more enjoyable action fight. Poke Sherman has had rather a few latest struggles, but no longer too long ago fought his technique to a stout desire as smartly. Sherman vs. Barnett appears treasure a stout booking to bag good thing about two all-out action opponents struggling to search out constant originate.
OTHER BOUTS: Kevin Holland vs. Michael Chiesa, Li Jingliang vs. Jake Matthews 2, Macy Chiasson vs. Pannie Kianzad 2, Ion Cutelaba vs. Marcin Prachnio, Hakeem Dawodu vs. Makwan Amirkhani, Anton Turkalj vs. Ihor Potieria, Denis Tiuliuin vs. Roman Kopylov, Jamie Pickett vs. Dusko Todorovic, Jake Collier vs. William Knight, Norma Dumont vs. Ailin Perez, Danyelle Wolf vs. Vidal/Pascual loser, Alateng Heili vs. Stated Nurmagomedov, Chad Anheliger vs. Ronnie Lawrence, Elise Reed vs. Yazmin Jauregui, Melissa Martinez vs. Iasmin Lucindo, Yohan Lainesse vs. Preston Parsons, Darian Weeks vs. Evan Elder