UFC Struggle Night time 148 has come to a detailed after the ESPN+ card went down from inside Bridgestone Area final Sat. evening (March 23, 2019) in Nashville, Tennessee. Within the headlining act, Anthony Pettis knocked out Stephen Thompson within the second spherical in what marked his Welterweight debut (see it once more right here). Within the heavyweight co-main occasion, Curtis Blaydes acquired again within the win column with a dominant victory over the streaking Justin Willis (recap).
Winner: Anthony Pettis
Who He Ought to Struggle Subsequent: Justin Gaethje vs Edson Barboza winner
Pettis did say he wasn’t finished competing at Welterweight following his spectacular debut towards “Wonderboy,” however he additionally mentioned he has loads of enterprise to complete at 155 kilos. Whereas he seemed nice towards Thompson, I’d actually like “Showtime” to drop again all the way down to face the winner of Gaethje vs Barboza, which takes place subsequent week at UFC Struggle Night time 149.
“Showtime” has vowed to please struggle followers by maintaining together with his “by no means again down” and “entertain in any respect prices” angle. Going through both “Spotlight” or “Junior” is certain to supply a possible ”Struggle of the Yr” candidate given every fighter’s desire to face and bang. I truthfully get goosebumps simply excited about both a type of bouts. If not, I would not thoughts if UFC revisits the thought of reserving Pettis towards Aldo.
Winner: Curtis Blaydes
Who He Ought to Struggle Subsequent: Stipe Miocic
I feel the earlier Stipe realizes rematch between he and Daniel Cormier merely isn’t going to occur, the higher for all events concerned. “DC” is holding out for Brock Lesnar, and Dana White is set to make it occur. Except Miocic plans on ready out for a yr or longer, he must struggle once more and “Razor” is an effective choice. Francis Ngannou and Junior dos Santos appear to be on a collision course, leaving Stipe as the one sensible choice. There’s all the time Derrick Lewis, however he’s going to be out of motion by the use of surgical procedure. I actually don’t see anybody else that is sensible for both man in the mean time. Possibly Cain Velasquez?
Winner: John Makdessi
Who He Ought to Struggle Subsequent: Charles Oliveira
Makdessi picked up his third straight victory after defeating Jesus Pinedo by way of unanimous determination. Oliveira, in the meantime, has gained 4 straight, all by way of submission (choke). Charles is at the moment hanging on to the No. 15 spot within the official rankings, someplace John would like to be. A matchup between the 2 could be an fascinating one and provides the victor an enormous increase within the division.
Winner: Jussier Formiga
Who He Ought to Struggle Subsequent: Henry Cejudo title struggle
After handing Deiveson Figueiredo his skilled defeat, Jussier referred to as for a shot on the title. And it’s well-deserved, as he at the moment maintain the No. 1 spot within the Flyweight division. The issue? The way forward for the division remains to be up within the air, with Dana White lately saying he desires Cejudo, the champ, to go as much as Bantamweight to compete for the vacant strap towards Marlon Moraes. If that occurs and UFC doesn’t put off the 125-pound weight class, then Jussier undoubtedly must get first dibs towards “The Messenger” as soon as he goes again down. It’s lengthy overdue.
Winner: Maycee Barber
Who She Ought to Struggle Subsequent: Randa Markos
Why not? Maycee has been speaking the speak continuous and he or she’s backed it up thus far, going 2-Zero contained in the Octagon together with her newest win over J.J. Aldrich by way of second spherical knockout. Markos, in the meantime, submitted Angela Hill in an excellent efficiency. Regardless of Randa’s 11 UFC fights to Maycee’s two, she remains to be on the Prelims whereas UFC is clearly making an attempt to get behind Maycee by placing her on the principle card. A win right here for Markos might be large, as she is not going to solely cease Barber’s momentum, but additionally earn some respect. So far as Maycee is worried, a victory over the longtime veteran will give her one other notch on her belt.
Winner: Luis Pena
Who He Ought to Struggle Subsequent: Shane Burgos
Pena’s Featherweight debut was profitable, however he missed weight by three kilos. I’m positive he can’t wait to get again into motion to show he can hit the 145-pound mark, and never lose 30-percent of his purse. A showdown towards Burgos, who lately acquired again into the win column after defeating Kurt Holobaugh at UFC 230, sounds about proper. Whereas Burgos has a bit extra expertise than “Violent Bob Ross,” Pena is greater than up for the problem in an effort to pace up the development of his UFC profession.
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