Listed below are the opponents we predict ought to be subsequent for the winners at UFC 263.
UFC 263 was stacked from the underside up and had some wonderful fights all through the night time. The principle card lived as much as its expectations because the followers have been going loopy in Arizona. UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya left little question as he efficiently defended his belt and beat Marvin Vettori once more. All three judges scored the bout 50-45 in pure domination for Adesanya. Within the different title battle, Brandon Moreno upsets Deiveson Figueiredo for the flyweight title within the co-main occasion through submission within the third spherical.
Nate Diaz made his return again to the Octagon however he was defeated by Leon Edwards through unanimous choice. Diaz wobbled Edwards with one minute remaining within the fifth spherical because the commentary sales space and the followers began to go loopy however Edwards would go on to outlive the scare and win.
The opposite two fights on the primary card have been Belal Muhammad defeating Demian Maia through unanimous choice and Paul Craig dislocating Jamahal Hill’s arm and ending him off through TKO within the first spherical.
Now that we have now had a while to compartmentalize after UFC 263, let’s check out what’s subsequent for Adesanya, Moreno and the opposite foremost card winners from Saturday night time.
Potential subsequent opponents for the UFC 263 foremost card winners
Subsequent opponent: Robert Whittaker
Adesanya exhibits as soon as once more why he’s the king of the middleweights as he leaves little question in a dominating win over Vettori. He attacked the lead leg of Vettori and stuffed 10 takedowns. He showcased his wrestling with a little bit of his grappling as he continued to rise up from the bottom every time Vettori did have the champ on the ground. After the battle, Adesanya referred to as out his arch-nemesis in Robert Whittaker. This could be the rematch of their first battle when Adesanya KO’d Whittaker again in UFC 243 to unify the UFC middleweight championship. Dana White was requested if the subsequent battle to make is Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 and he merely stated, “Sure.” Within the submit battle presser, Adesanya was requested about when does he wish to return and the champ stated he want to come again in October. He has been a really lively champion within the UFC and it appears to be like like he’ll proceed to do this as he continues on his run within the middleweight division.
Subsequent opponent: Askar Askarov
Because the betting underdog, Moreno shocks the world and turns into the brand new flyweight champion of the world. He submits Figueiredo within the third spherical through rear bare choke. Moreno was in management from the start of the battle all the best way till the tip. His putting appeared very sharp and his wrestling too. Figueiredo didn’t appear like himself that night time and that’s to a credit score of two issues. Moreno’s abilities and the problem of chopping weight. The trilogy battle will probably be wonderful if it occurs, however I consider Figueiredo can have his subsequent battle at bantamweight so he can have a neater weight lower. So this leaves Askarov in an ideal place to battle for the title subsequent. Moreno will like this match loads as a result of this may be a rematch from 2019 when the battle resulted in a draw. The primary Mexican-born UFC champion is a fan favourite to all and can have an thrilling battle forward of him for his first title protection.
Subsequent opponent: Winner of Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington
Edwards dominated the entire battle versus fan favourite Nate Diaz, till the final minute of the fifth spherical. Diaz caught Edwards with a Stockton slap following a left cross that wobbled him. Edwards survived the final minute of the battle as he was making an attempt to recuperate as Diaz stored pressuring him. Nonetheless, Edwards was in management 24 of the 25 minutes within the octagon. His putting appeared very sharp and he hit him with some onerous photographs however Diaz wouldn’t go down. With this win, Edwards makes it 9 straight fights since shedding to the present welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman.
In line with White, Covington is subsequent in line for the title versus Usman. Edwards will more than likely maintain out and await the winner of that battle. If Covington doesn’t get the shot on the title subsequent for some odd purpose, Edwards will then get a crack on the belt. However he’ll await the winner of Usman and Covington since White already stated that that is the subsequent battle for the title.
Subsequent opponent: Neil Magny
Muhammad showcased his takedown protection as he stuffed 20 of 21 takedowns from Maia. He totaled 92 strikes and appeared composed in there with a real veteran of the sport. This was a giant win as this places him in the precise route within the welterweight division. Since many of the battle was him defending the takedown, the subsequent opponent he ought to face is Neil Magny. Stylistically this can be a enjoyable matchup for each males as each males will look to out-strike one another. This will probably be one hell of a battle because the winner can place themself as a severe contender on this stacked division. Magny is at present ranked quantity eight within the division. Muhammad will transfer up from his present rating (12) and more than likely transfer into the highest 10. They each will probably be comparable within the rankings and might present an important battle sooner or later.
Subsequent opponent: Nikita Krylov
After a efficiency of the night time bonus, Craig deserves somebody within the high ten for his subsequent battle. In a really anticipated battle in opposition to Hill, he delivered. He had Hill in an armbar submission throughout the first spherical. As Craig retains pulling the arm again, he then goes to maneuver it to the opposite aspect and dislocated the arm of Hill. You possibly can clearly see the underside half of his arm dangling as Craig proceeded to go on and win through TKO. The referee didn’t discover the harm and let the battle proceed however it ended shortly as he have been to go on a ship strikes from the armbar place.
After the battle, Craig talked about he needs a high ten opponent subsequent. Who higher for him to battle then Krylov. Krylov is at present ranked quantity 9 and doesn’t have a battle scheduled. He loss his earlier battle in opposition to Magomed Ankalaev. A win on this potential battle can direct Craig in the precise place as he can proceed to be the most effective contenders within the gentle heavyweight division.