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.
It was nothing short of awesome seeing Cody get back in the win column. After three straight losses, two being title fights, and being winless for four years, Garbrandt couldn’t have been more ecstatic to be back. Not to mention the insane fashion he got the KO in. With everyone, aside from Moraes, having a fight or just finishing fighting, it makes the most sense for Garbrandt to step in with Moraes. To be completely honest I was pretty certain the winner of Saturdays bout between Garbrandt and Assuncao would end up fighting Moraes following. I think Moraes will be an extremely tough test for Garbrandt, but he held the belt a one point for a reason and he’s clearly worthy of the challenge. Overall, I look forward to how this bantamweight division plays out of the next couple of years.
The Goat. The best woman to ever do it. This girl beats the brakes off everyone with ease and its absolutely brutal. Fair play to Felicia Spencer for surviving 25 minutes in the cage with the Lioness. This fight proved nothing to anyone about Nunes that we didn’t already know. To me every fight she takes, at featherweight especially, is pointless from now on, unless Cyborg mans up. For example, a ton of people are saying she should fight Megan Anderson. No offense to Megan Anderson, but Amanda would wipe the floor with her in under a round. As stated by UFC analyst and former two division UFC champ, Daniel Cormier, the fight that makes the most sense for Mandy is a trilogy with Valentina Shevchenko. In Amanda’s two bouts with the Women’s flyweight champ she was challenged like no other during the win streak she’s on; these have by far been Amanda’s closest fights since 2014. If this fight happens, I still think Mandy is too good. After that, I’m not really sure there’s going to be anyone to fight Amanda Nunes ever again.