5 Fights to make after UFC on ESPN 5

Title photo credit – MMA Junkie

We’re fresh off the bat of another UFC card at the weekend.

UFC on ESPN 5 showcased two top welterweights in Robbie Lawler vs. Colby Covington in the main event, with Covington coming out dominant on top.

What’s next for some of the Main Card fighters? Let’s put on our Sean Shelby/Mick Maynard tin foil hats and see.

Colby Covington

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Should fight – Kamaru Usman

It’s pretty much set in stone that Covington has earned himself a title shot, and then more. The 170 pound interim champion took a gamble by taking the Lawler fight – but it ultimately paid off in trumps (no pun intended). Covington has proven himself as the clear #1 contender with this win, despite some momentum behind Jorge Masvidal’s blistering knockout of Ben Askren a few weeks back. Covington and Usman got into it during the post-fight show, so the rivalry sells itself. They don’t like each other, it’s clear to say. Two of the top welterweights in the division with similar styles – it’ll make for a very intriguing matchup towards the end of the year.

Robbie Lawler 

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Should fight – Darren Till

Despite coming off on the losing end on Saturday night, Lawler’s stock hasn’t dropped by much. His ranking took a hit – finding himself outside of the Top 10 in the UFC’s Welterweight rankings for the first time in so many years. Despite this, he still is one of the best welterweight’s around, and deserves the right match up for his next fight. Darren Till is coming off a pretty devastating KO loss to Jorge Masvidal and will be looking to get back in the win column. Both strikers in their own right, it’s a matchup that makes sense for both, and provides the fans with a FOTN contender.

Jim Miller 

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Should fight – Vinc Pichel

It didn’t take UFC vet Jim Miller long to find a finish against another battle tested UFC standout in Clay Guida. Miller looked like he was on skates after taking a big punch, but turned things around relatively easily sinking in a rear-naked choke to get the victory. He’s now on a 2 fight win streak, and coming off a bad run in 2017/2018 that saw him run into the likes of Anthony Pettis and Dustin Poirier- Miller should have earned himself another crack at another vet with this win. Vinc Pichel has a career that has spanned 10+ years of fighting, and with a 5-2 record in the UFC is a good litmus test for where Miller is at right now.

Nasrat Haqparast

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Should fight – Drew Dober

Haqparast is arguably one of the more exciting prospects in the 155 pound division, coming off an electric finish of Joaquim Silva at the weekend. There’s no doubt in my eyes he’s ready for a step up in competition – whether that be a ranked opponent or someone on the fringes. Someone who is floating around that Top 20 mark at the moment is Drew Dober – also coming off an impressive knockout win. It’ll be a good test for Haqparast to see if he can outlast a heavy hitter, and show the composure that won him his last fight.

Mickey Gall 

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Should fight – David Zawada

It’s amazing to think that Gall is 5-2 in the UFC. Much hype was placed around his ‘Looking for a Fight’ selection, off the bat of the reality show that failed to produce much lasting talent. Gall had high profile fights with CM Punk and Sage Northcutt – but a loss to Diego Sanchez proved he’s still quite young in the game. Despite this, he’s an interesting fighter to watch given his birth in the UFC almost. With a win at the weekend – he’s definitely on an upward trajectory. But I don’t see the UFC throwing him to the wolves just yet. A fight against Zawada, who’s 0-2 in the UFC, could be a good test for him.

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