The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the eight years in promotional background Saturday (June 3, 2017) using UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway. It was a good night of scraps which saw nine of 12 bouts end within the space, and with all the fights currently in our rear view, let’s take a look at some possible matchups featuring a few of the opponents in the evening…
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Holloway dethroned Jose Aldo to become to new king at 145 pounds, and because of his first official name defense, I think it would make most sense for him to carry on Frankie Edgar, as that’s a matchup fight fans have been wanting to see for a while today. The other possible candidate to get a title shot in Cub Swanson, but his last loss came at the hands of Holloway in a very critical fashion. That’s not a battle that peaks the interest of fight fans, as Holloway would be expected to be a huge favorite. The Edgar fight is one in so everybody wants to see it. I think this possible featherweight title would are an excellent fit to main event UFC 216 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Rose Namajunas
Gadelha made short work of Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz, beating her by rear-naked choke submission from the very first round of activity. She enjoys a two-fight winning streak, and for her next outing within the Octagon, I want to see her shoot on Namajunas at a title eliminator. Both fighters earned quick victories in their most recent bouts, so I want to see them create a quick turnaround to co-main event August’s UFC Fight Night in Mexico City.
Brian Kelleher vs. Bryan Caraway
Kelleher gained a first-round guillotine-choke entry over veteran Iuri Alcantara in what was a picture perfect promotional debut for the 30-year-old, who employed his post-fight speech to request a Top 10 ranked opponent for a fast turnaround on the upcoming Long Island card in July. I believe an opponent which makes sense is Caraway, who hasn’t seen action as a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling only over a year ago. I believe this is a pairing which makes sense for both fighters and would be a good fit anywhere on the Long Island fight card.
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