UFC 227: Fights to Make Following Saturday's Event
Sunday, August 5, 2018
UFC 227 lived up to the hype Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. After an entertaining night of fights and a huge upset, the UFC have many options that’ll be sure to interest fans.
UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw
The main-event saw UFC Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw once again defeat his former teammate Cody “No Love' Garbrandt in the 1st round with a vicious TKO, to retain his title. Aside from a few early strikes by Garbrandt that left swelling under his right eye, Dillashaw was able to make it out of the fight with little damage.
The UFC have plenty of options when it comes to the bantamweight champion. First, they could capitalize on the rematch with former champion Dominick Cruz, who defeated Dillashaw by split-decision in 2016. Since the loss, Dillashaw has made it known that he felt he really won the fight, so a rematch would give him a chance to even the score with Cruz. The only issue with this fight taking place is whether Cruz would be healthy enough in time. The former champion has had his fair share of injuries, so its understandable that he’d want to make sure he's one-hundred percent healthy before signing to fight Dillashaw.
Another interesting fight the UFC could make is a champion vs champion bout between Dillashaw and new flyweight champion Henry Cejudo. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist shocked the MMA world when he dethroned Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, who had been the only flyweight champion in the organization’s history, with a reign lasting six-years. Cejudo called out the winner of the Dillashaw-Garbrandt fight during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, saying that Demetrious Johnson never wanted to move up to fight the champion at 135lbs, but he wants to.
New UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo
If the fight with TJ Dillashaw doesn’t come to fruition, the fight to make would be an immediate rematch with “Mighty Mouse”. The co-main event was an entertaining back-and-forth fight that could've gone either way, which is why Dana White awarded both men with the fight of the night bonus. If the UFC decided to do the trilogy bout, it could pull in a big buyrate for the organization. “Mighty Mouse” stated in the post-fight press conference that he thought he injured himself during the fight, so depending on the severity of the injury, it may be a while before the two fight for a third time.
Renato Moicano had a very impressive showing against veteran opponent Cub Swanson. Moicano used his jabs to get the best of the his exchanges with Swanson and knocked him down, before submitting him with a rear-naked choke at 4:15 of the 1st round. This win over a top-5 ranked featherweight put Moicano in-the-mix of things in a talented weight class. For his next fight, the UFC may not put match up Moicano with Frankie Edgar or a rematch with Brian Ortega, but a fight with former #1 contender Chad “Money” Mendes looks like a realistic possibility. Mendes made his return to the octagon in July, making quick work of Myles Jury with a 1st round TKO victory. Both fighters match-up well with one another and could make for an exciting fight.
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