UFC 245: Fights to Make Following Saturday's Event
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, December 15, 2019
UFC 245 took place last night and delivered an exciting night of fights to close out the decade on a high note. The event started with rising bantamweight contender Petr Yan made a statement with his knockout win over UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber and closed with UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman getting a late fifth round TKO victory over Colby Covington, which earned Fight of the Night honours and many even feeling that it could be Fight of the Year.
With the way each fight played out, the question now becomes what’s next and what fights could the UFC set up for 2020?
Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal
Following Usman’s impressive win of Covington in the main event, it may not take long to find his next opponent. During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said that he feels a Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal fight for the Welterweight Championship would be massive for the promotion.
Masvidal is coming off a great 2019 – he defeated Darren Till and Ben Askren by devastating knockout and last month, defeated Nate Diaz by doctor’s stoppage to win the BMF title. With those victories, Masvidal is likely next in line for a title fight against Usman.
Alex Volkanovski vs Max Holloway Rematch
Alex Volkanovski silenced the doubters on Saturday night when he defeated Max Holloway to become the new UFC Featherweight Champion.
Volkanovski did an excellent job executing his gameplan that included viscious leg kicks affecting Holloway’s natural fighting stance and made it difficult for him to shift fighting stances in between combinations, which he has led to him finishing so many opponents in the past.
Although Holloway was defeated by unanimous decision, he should get an immediate rematch considering how long he’s been champion and that he lost the title in a close fight. Dana White also mentioned that the rematch could take place in Australia, which could be huge for the UFC.
Jose Aldo vs Henry Cejudo for UFC Bantamweight Championship
Jose Aldo may’ve come up short on the judges’ scorecard against Marlon Moraes, but many including the current UFC Flyweight and Bantamweight Champion Henry Cejudo, believed that Aldo won that fight. Aldo looked great at bantamweight – he was quick, still had power, and was still able to take significant strikes following a tough weight cut.
Cejudo vs Aldo would be an interesting fight to make and the former Featherweight Champion could join the list of names to become a champion is a second weight class – a list that includes Cejudo. For Cejudo, the fight is also appealing for his legacy because he defeated Demetrius Johnson and TJ Dillashaw, who are both regarded as two of the greatest fighters to compete in their respective weight classes.
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