Mar 27, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Francis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic of their UFC heavyweight championship struggle through the UFC 260 occasion at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Obligatory Credit score: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photograph through USA TODAY Sports activities
UFC 260 is formally within the books! Francis Ngannou walks away with the heavyweight belt, Vicente Luque strikes up the ladder at welterweight, and the “Suga Present” is now again on observe.
Now that the occasion is over there are a number of issues that have to occur. A type of issues is that the fighters have to know what fights are subsequent for them.
Fortunately for them, we’re right here to assist. It’s not nearly rankings, it’s about thrilling matchups too!
Asking for “whoever the UFC desires me to struggle” could be very a lot frowned upon because it’s necessary to name your shot when you have got the possibility. Right here we’re going to guide by instance and match up the winners from the principle card of UFC 260.
Francis Ngannou vs Derrick Lewis
The predictions for this struggle have been quite simple. Both Ngannou lands the large one which places Stipe Miocic out early, or Miocic dominates the Cameroonian for 5 rounds. It ended up being the previous as Ngannou put away the Ohio native with a sequence of highly effective punches.
Ngannou primarily has three choices: rematch Miocic, rematch Derrick Lewis or struggle contemporary contender Jon Jones. For this one, we’re going with the rematch that guarantees to yield a extra thrilling struggle: Derrick Lewis.
Lewis is coming off of a profitable streak full of knockouts and presently holds a win over the brand new heavyweight champion. The rematch ought to be extra thrilling than the primary, though that shouldn’t be tough, and Lewis ought to be able to return faster than Miocic who’s simply been knocked out, and Jones, who’s been trying to return nearer to the top of the yr.
Vicente Luque vs Michael Chiesa
Vicente Luque scored the largest win of his profession when he rocked and submitted former welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley. The win was particularly spectacular contemplating nobody had ever submitted Woodley earlier than.
Luque is now in a bizarre place, he’s impressively overwhelmed a former champion however the win doesn’t maintain as a lot weight since this now marks Woodley’s fourth loss in a row. It did, nevertheless, present that Luque is prepared for a step up in competitors.
The struggle to guide for the Brazilian is a surging contender and former light-weight Michael Chiesa. Chiesa is presently simply outdoors of the top-5 and he’s additionally on the lookout for a giant win that helps him enter the division’s higher echelon.
Sean O’Malley vs Dominick Cruz
The “Suga Present” is again! Sean O’Malley scored the spectacular knockout win over Brazilian striker Thomas Almeida and confirmed that he’s again the place he must be after a hiccup in opposition to Marlon Vera in his final outing.
Now “Suga” is in an thrilling place as he both will get a tricky veteran to assist his ascent up the division or one other up-and-coming prospect to assist decide the place he belongs rankings-wise. On this case, we’re going with the enjoyable veteran matchup that helps his profession.
Enter Dominick Cruz. The large-name veteran is a superb fighter with a well-rounded talent set that may assist O’Malley take a look at his expertise and supply a star-making alternative for the Montana native.
Miranda Maverick vs Talia Santos
Miranda Maverick is now on a two-fight win streak within the UFC and has simply recorded a giant victory over The Final Fighter alum Gillian Robertson. The choice win didn’t come straightforward however Maverick acquired the win and now she’s in a very great place at flyweight.
Maverick deserves somebody ranked and difficult sufficient to assist her take a look at her expertise as she seems to enter the top-10. Taila Santos is the proper opponent for her subsequent outing and he or she additionally holds a win over Robertson.
Jamie Mullarky vs Jalin Turner
Jamie Mullarky shocked lots of people when he knocked out Khama Worthy within the first spherical. The Australian now strikes to 1-2 within the UFC and will likely be protected from getting minimize for a bit of bit.
His subsequent opponent ought to be somebody with an honest title and the same talent set. He was as soon as set to struggle Jalin Turner in February 2020 and that’s the precise struggle that ought to occur subsequent for each males.