Fresh off the back of the UFC’s return to Sacramento, we saw big moves made by the likes of Urijah Faber, Germaine De Randamie but to name a few.
But what’s next for some of the fighters we just saw from the past weekend? Let’s put on our Sean Shelby/Mick Maynard hats and find out.
Germaine de Randamie
Next fight – vs. Amanda Nunes
Whether you believed de Randamie got lucky or not on Saturday night, you can’t take away from her resume. She could be the most fluid striker in the women’s bantamweight division not named Amanda Nunes. Her kickboxing experience has stood her well so far in the UFC, and it seems like the right timing to pit her against the champion. The UFC are crying out for a contender to face Nunes, who is at the height of her starpower, and a former UFC champ, albeit an underwhelming one, is very marketable.
Next fight – vs. Cat Zingano
It was a forgettable week overall for Aspen Ladd. Despite the result of the main event, her weight was hard to watch as she was visibly shaking on the scale. Ladd will have to go back to the drawing board not only to dissect the fight, but also address her cut going forward. Having said that, she’s got a bright future ahead of her at just 24 years old. The 135 pound division is far from stacked so it won’t take her long to get back in the mix. She needs a good win under her belt, and no better test than Cat Zingano, who’s also fell out of luck recently.
Next fight – vs. Dominick Cruz
I hear you calling for the Henry Cejudo title shot/love story. I get it. It’s very marketable. Barry claimed on the podcast that it was ‘Hollywood’ esque and he’s right. You have the 40-year-old past his prime vet making his comeback against the Olympic champion. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I wrote about how impressive Faber’s win was but this seems like the perfect time for revenge. Dominick Cruz is coming off another devastating injury, but reports suggest he should be good to fight at the end of 2019. It makes sense for both fighters. The build-up will be fun, as there’s no love lost between these two.
Next fight – vs. Arnold Allen
Josh Emmett has quietly put himself back on the map in the 145 pound division with another brutal knockout. After falling to Jeremy Stephens, it looked like his rise may have been haulted for good. But now with two big KO wins over Michael Johnson and Mirsad Bektic – Emmett is here to stay. I like the Arnold Allen fight as a fresh matchup. Allen is also on a tear as of late. It’s a big test for Allen, and gives Emmett the opportunity to establish himself as more of a gatekeeper, and take out one of the young guns of the division.
Next fight – vs. Kron Gracie
Grappling coma inception jiu jitsu drooling froth in the mouth stuff. That is all. (Shoutout to PK for this one)