Minus any extenuating context, UFC 283 used to be a reasonably proper time. Followers obtained heaps of finishes, some large highlight KOs, upsets, dramatic account shifts, and the crowning of a brand new champion along with the changing of the guard (as soon as more) for the flyweight belt. No topic all that, though, the vibes were clearly off. Main into the PPV with Shogun getting assign out to pasture teach a bitter mood. Then both the co-essential and essential events saw fatherland favorites lose onerous in fights the put they factual weren’t terribly aggressive. Followers obtained gruesome, the building looked easiest about 2⁄3 corpulent. A queer evening for the UFC all informed.
So, is there a straight away title challenger that Jamahal Hill would be clearly appreciated to beat? Does Brandon Moreno by hook or by crook rating to develop one thing as adverse to rehash extinct fights? And does the UFC enjoy any alternate strategies as adverse to Jessica Andrade for the strawweight title?
To respond to those questions—and each other thigns—I’ll be the utilization of the classic Silva/Shelby wrestle booking methodology from the UFC of years past. That device pitting winners against winners, losers against losers, and equally tenured skills up against every other. With any luck, by following that model, a few of those bout solutions will truly assemble it off the page and into the Octagon. Now, let’s rating to the fights!
All things belief to be, this used to be a hell of a crowning efficiency from Hill. Teixeira had the entire single moments of success he could well maybe furthermore need hoped to enjoy, given five rounds to work with. He obtained takedowns, he obtained help takes, he obtained mount; the 43-twelve months-extinct even landed his portion of large bombs standing, no topic getting out-struck more than 2-to-1. For a person that has made his success in most up-to-date years returning from seemingly wrestle ending smash to extinguish essential younger opponents, his efficiency against Hill wasn’t a excellent departure. What used to be excellent used to be Hill’s output, his durability, and his skill to assign stable in the face of essential momentum shifts. The proven truth that Hill obtained taken down and mounted in spherical 5, and soundless fought his manner help up and won the spherical is a nice testament to that.
As a outcomes of his steal, there are three sure contenders searching at for Hill for his first protection: Magomed Ankalaev, Jan Blachowicz, & Jiri Prochazka. If it weren’t for the unknown dimension of his injury restoration, Prochazka would deserve to be first in line—but I’m in a position to’t imagine the UFC alive to to wager on him for a essential match in the next six months proper now. In its put, I’ll screech Hill vs. Ankalaev is the wrestle to assemble. Every he and Blachowicz deserve it, but it feels admire it makes more sense to toddle in conjunction with the younger, brisker challenger.
If there’s a large winner out of Brandon Moreno by hook or by crook slamming the door on his four wrestle series against Deiveson Figueiredo, it’s Alexandre Pantoja. ‘The Cannibal’ has been on ice since July of last twelve months when he took a hasty submission steal over Alex Perez. Genuinely though, from the moment that Moreno laid any claim to some piece of the title, Pantoja has been an glaring challenger. He beat that champ as soon as all over Moreno’s first UFC bustle, and even manner help forward of that, when the two males were both on TUF together. I’m sure Moreno’s no longer thrilled at the premise of one more rematch, but he’s obtained unfinished trade proper there searching at for him soundless. With any luck after that, some new challengers can launch to in point of fact separate themselves from the competition. Alexandre Pantoja vs. Brandon Moreno is the sure subsequent title wrestle.
Roughly a brutally gruesome wrestle for the now-mature champion. He obtained caught strolling in regularly with overhands. While he used to be in a series to galvanize masses of scrambles and hit some stable sweeps, he had no skill the least bit to manipulate Moreno on the mat. The knuckle that scratched and closed his see to dwell the wrestle felt a piece admire a mercy, with Figueiredo somewhat likely down three rounds already (except judges truly enjoy a part for strikes off a fighter’s help from guard), and seemingly unable to gain any manner to lead momentum in his desire.
After the bout, ‘Deus da Guerra’ announced that he used to be leaving flyweight for bantamweight transferring forward. So the put does that leave him? Does he proceed into title contention? The head 5? The head 10? Appears to be like admire it’d be silly to throw him decrease down the line than that. If he’s gonna be prime 10, Dominick Cruz isn’t essential older than Figueiredo; two mature champs feels admire a nice intro to 135 to me. Cruz vs. Figueiredo seems to be admire factual the welcome to a brand new division that the mature champ desires.
It’s onerous to reflect many worse matchups for Neil Magny in the head 10 at welterweight than any individual admire Gilbert Burns, who can hit onerous ample to present dwell standing, struggle effectively ample to pick out Magny off his ft, after which grapple technically ample to factual suck the entire existence out of him on the mat. That’s somewhat essential what Burns did, tapping Magny with an arm triangle with decrease than a minute left in spherical 1.
After the bout, Burns known as out Colby Covington. That wrestle, or a wrestle against Jorge Masvidal are precisely the form of bouts he deserve to be getting, but he could well maybe furthermore merely factual deserve to resolve for Muhammad or Rakhmonov as an different. If Colby Covington is coming help any time rapidly, then Burns vs. Covington is a nice wrestle. If he’s no longer, then Burns vs. Muhammad would be a nice title eliminator.
This used to be constantly going to be an uphill struggle for Lauren Murphy. She’s frequently struggled to assign tempo and self perception against prime-tier athletes. When Andrade stormed out of the gate with a bevvy of low kicks, it looked she straight obtained deep in Murphy’s head. ‘Lucky’ never did gain a manner to shield the kicks, and having to reflect them unfolded an increasing form of mixtures up prime for ‘Bate Estaca’ because the wrestle went on. By the level the last bell rang, all anybody perceived to be taking into consideration used to be “this truly will deserve to were stopped heaps of sooner.” After the bout, Andrade known as out Weili Zhang for a strawweight title wrestle. Will the UFC truly give her that coming off a flyweight steal? Infected by she’s beat Amanda Lemos and we’ve seen Namajunas against Zhang masses now, an Andrade rematch makes masses of sense. No longer sure if it’s the wrestle the UFC will book, but Andrade vs. Weili 2 is the most convenient strawweight title wrestle the UFC can assemble proper now.
This wrestle looked destined for shenanigans. Whether it used to be going to be Johnny Walker diving into Paul Craig’s guard and getting insta-tapped, or Walker touchdown the form of detonating photographs that can assign Craig away in a bustle, the premise that this could well maybe furthermore assemble it three corpulent rounds of beautiful MMA looked unimaginable—which it used to be. No sooner did Craig remove a kick for a single leg, then he started getting dinged up so badly that he had to turtle up. A temporary TKO for Walker, who’s all over as soon as more on some form of roll. I could well maybe furthermore argue for a booking against Azamat Murzakanov, but Walker hasn’t fought Volkan Oezdemir but and that seems to be admire a tragedy if we never rating to behold it. Walker vs. Oezdemir would be a proper time.
Almost certainly no fighter improved their stock so dramatically as Brunno Ferreira at UFC 283. The Brazilian got right here in as a relative whole unknown no topic his vivid 9-0 teach and hasty Contender Series KO steal. Matched up against a borderline prime-15 skills admire Gregory Rodrigues on short look for, it used to be somewhat safely assumed that he used to be headed for a rough loss in his Octagon debut—from which he could well maybe furthermore be taught from transferring forward. In its put (and no topic getting pieced up for approximately 4 minutes) he walked away with a spectacular first spherical knockout steal, and the seemingly that the UFC will throw him another severe pains subsequent day out.
In my figuring out, I’d somewhat look Ferreira rating any individual all the device thru the tempo of Denis Tiuliulin or Armen Petrosyan than an Anthony Hernandez or Roman Dolidze, but it’s anybody’s guess what the UFC will develop with a steal admire that. I’ll split the variation and screech the UFC can enjoy to book Brunno Ferreira vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan. One other unhealthy, large puncher with renowned defensive flaws to assign testing the newcomer’s mettle.
The query with a temporary-look for opponent admire Melquizael Costa wasn’t so essential whether or no longer this used to be a wrestle Moises could well maybe furthermore steal, as essential because it used to be, how effectively fascinating would he be for Costa’s aggression and scrambling. The respond used to be: very fascinating. Moises obtained in on his takedowns early, and started working over Costa from prime management because the 26 twelve months extinct’s cardio started to go. heaps of heavy GnP, and an aggressive guard passing game did effectively to power Costa to assign transferring and burn energy. The tip outcome used to be a 2nd spherical submission for the mature LFA champ.
That could well maybe furthermore outcome in fights with Drakkar Klose, Nasrat Haqparast, Drew Dober, or Mark O. Madsen. I are privy to it’s winner-loser, but given Madsen’s hopes to assemble a trace up the division, and his wrestling credentials, that feels admire the most attention-grabbing matchup right here. Madsen vs. Moises would be a nice chance for the mature Olympian to behold if he can jump help into prime competition.
Jailton Almeida’s introduction to the head 15 at heavyweight couldn’t were simpler. He breezed by Shamil Abdourakhimov, who had nothing ready for Almeida’s wrestling assault. The steal can enjoy to teach the Brazilian up for a real, excessive profile heavyweight contest. Fights with the Ivanov/Tybura winner, Alexandr Romanov, or Jairzinho Rozenstruik all seem admire cheap subsequent steps. The glaring respond for me of that bunch is Romanov. The fridge-admire Moldovan has built a stable popularity for physical dominance in the cage and seems to be admire he’d be a mountainous pains for a smaller heavyweight admire Almeida. Given, as effectively, how essential Romanov struggled with any individual who could well maybe furthermore wrestle off his grappling in Tybura last time around, Almeida could well maybe furthermore query questions he desires to respond to. Almeida vs. Romanov is a nice step up at heavyweight.
For so many combatants, the most convenient part they are able to develop for their very long timeframe success is to pick out their time getting to the UFC. Ismael Bonfim is another nice example of what that form of longer run can develop for a fighter, hitting the arena’s biggest MMA promotion with an 18-3 teach, accumulated over more than 10 years of fighting on the regionals. Standing a heavy underdog against Terrance McKinney, Bonfim outclassed ‘T-Wrecks’ somewhat essential all around the put from the hole bell the entire manner to an electrical soar-knee 2nd spherical KO. With any luck that form of steal rockets him up into greater wrestle conversations. No less than, action bouts against Matt Frevola, Mike Davis, or Nasrat Haqparast deserve to be on offer. If ‘Beast Boy’ is going to be help in action anytime rapidly, I’d deserve to behold Bonfim vs. Davis asap.
OTHER BOUTS: Lauren Murphy vs. O’Neil/Maia loser, Paul Craig vs. Dominick Reyes, Ihor Potieria vs. Tafon Nchukwi,Gregory Rodrigues vs. Phil Hawes, Melquizael Costa vs. Michal Figlak, Garbriel Bonfim vs. Rinat Fakhretdinov, Mounir Lazzez vs. Gabriel Green, Shamil Abdourakhimov vs. Tanner Boser, Terrance McKinney vs. Ottman Azaitar, Nicolas Dalby vs. Alex Morono, Warlley Alves vs. Jake Matthews, Josiane Nunes vs. Julia Avila, Zarah Fairn vs. Danyelle Wolf, Daniel Marcos vs. Mana Martinez, Saimon Oliveira vs. Liudvik Sholinian
Concerning the author: Zane Simon is a senior editor, author and podcaster for Bloody Elbow. Host of the MMA Vivisection and sixth Spherical, he has covered MMA and the UFC since 2013.(corpulent bio)