After a monumental night of violence on Saturday, we will look ahead to see what’s next for the cards big winners.
It was a bantamweight party this weekend; we got a new #1 contender, a top prospect to break the top 15 and a former champ got back in the win column.
Not to leave out one of the best martial artists to ever step foot on earth dominating again, effortlessly.
Overall, a pretty epic night of fights.
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After nothing short of a flawless performance, including a vicious 1st round KO, the Suga Show was one of the stars of the night. As I previously stated, I’m a big believer in O’Malley being the next big MMA superstar and he checks all the boxes to do so. Without a doubt in my mind he will be in the cage with a top 15 bantamweight next; it would be disrespectful for him not to be. Some contenders I would love to see him fight would be Song Yadong, Cody Stamman and Rob Font. My explanation for this is I believe all three of these guys will stand and trade like nobody else has against O’Malley. However, I don’t think the UFC would be too fond of a fight between Yadong and O’Malley this early in their careers, due to both of them being two of the younger, more talented UFC prospects. In my opinion, the Rob Font fight makes the most sense. Font is on a two fight win streak however; he’s fought two guys that are significantly smaller than O’Malley. O’Malley is a bad matchup for a ton of bantamweights and also many featherweights in my opinion.
Following his extremely quick work of Cory Sandhagen Saturday, Aljo is now on a five fight win streak. His last lost was in 2017 to the current #1 ranked bantamweight Marlon Moraes. As much as I’d like to see Sterling try and avenge that loss, it just makes so much more sense to wait and fight for the belt. On July 11th Petr Yan and Jose Aldo are set to face off for the vacant bantamweight belt. This is the deepest division in the UFC right now and Sterling is deserving of a top spot. Realistically, Aljo has been at the top of this division for a while now; it’s good to see him finally in the spot to fight for the belt. Aljo, I feel like, would have a tougher time with Petr Yan than he would with Jose Aldo.