UFC 228: Fights to Make Following Saturday's Event
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Dallas– UFC 228 exceeded expectations on Saturday night from the fight pass prelims up until the main card. UFC veterans Jim Miller and Diego Sanchez turned back the clock and won their fight pass prelim fights in dominating fashion and in total, nine-out-of-thirteen fights ended with finishes (2 TKOs, 3 KOs, and 4 submissions). After that fun card, the UFC have some great fights they can set up for future cards.
UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley (c) vs Colby Covington
Tyron Woodley made a statement with his 2nd round submission victory over Darren Till. The fight started with a much more aggressive Woodley closing the distance and landing big shots to the challenger.
In the 2nd round, the champion dropped Till with strikes and immediately went in for the finish by hitting him with vicious elbows. Till was staying active on the ground in defending himself, which is why the referee didn’t stop the fight, but Woodley found an opening and submitted the challenger with a D'Arce choke to secure a rare submission win and fourth title defense.
In my opinion, Woodley missed a great opportunity by not calling out former welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan,which could’ve been a huge pay-day for the champion. St.Pierre has constantly stated that he’s only looking for fights that would be a high-risk high-reward situation and judging by Woodley’s entertaining performance against an undefeated challenger in Darren Till, the time was right to issue the challenge.
Even though Rogan alluded to Woodley moving up to middleweight, I feel that the only other realistic fight to make is Tyron Woodley vs Colby Covington. The former interim welterweight champion is 9-1 in the UFC and is coming off two impressive victories over Damien Maia and Rafael Dos Anjos.
With the back-and-forth smack talk and recent performances in mind, a fight between Woodley and Covington could be a great business decision for all involved.
Jessica Andrade vs UFC Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas
Jessica Andrade made quick work of Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the co-main event. At 1:58 of the 1st round, Andrade levelled Karolina with a perfectly timed right hand that ended up knocking her mouthpiece out and will surely be used in many UFC highlight packages in the future.
Andrade came into this fight ranked #2 in the women’s strawweight rankings, so a title shot against the champion Rose Namajunas would be the ideal fight in a division that has seen plenty of rematches.
The champion Namajunas is coming off back-to-back wins over former champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk, so a fight with Andrade would be a fun and refreshing fight in the strawweight division since the two are at the top of their game and haven’t fought before.
Since Andrade barley took any damage in her fight, the UFC could perhaps set up the Andrade vs Namajunas title fight before the end of the year.
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