Photo from Facebook/ Dominick Reyes (@thedevastator24)

What’s Next? Fights to Make After UFC 247

And still, for how much longer? Two champions whose hardest challenges await in new weights.

Jon Jones

Similar to his last appearance, Jon Jones has looked like a champion, but not the dominant champion he has been before. This Jon Jones, whether from boredom or lack of conviction, is content to win 3 rounds of championship fights and coast to another successful title defense. Last night his championship mettle was on full display in rounds 4 through 5, securing takedowns and pressuring Reyes against the fence. He steals a unanimous decision, although tainted by a ridiculous 49-46 scorecard that had everyone from me to Dana White screaming in their seats. What’s next for the greatest mixed martial artist of all time? Does he continue to haunt the top of the 205 division, fighting the winner of Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz? Or does he move to heavyweight like everyone believes he will? I believe he should secure one more defense at 205, and it needs to be a finish. He has looked less and less impressive as champion, and didn’t enjoy the power coming from Thiago Santos or Dominick Reyes. I believe a finish over Jan or Corey can mute this, and put more confidence in Jon’s ability to take a heavyweight punch.

Dominick Reyes

What a performance from Dominick Reyes, pushing the GOAT into deep water and landing significant strikes against Jones’ impenetrable defenses. I was one of Reyes’ biggest doubters, believing he would get swallowed whole inside three rounds. He proved me wrong last night, and has nothing to be ashamed of. At 30 years old and only 13 fights deep in his career, I have high hopes for the young man. What’s next after a relatively successful effort against the champ? His worst performance was against Volkan Oezdemir, and a majority of the public believes he lost that fight. Volkan is on a two-fight winning streak since. With Anthony Smith tied up against Glover in April and Thiago Santos still recovering from his encounter with Jones, a rematch could make a lot of sense. Book Reyes/Oezdemir 2 and see if this one plays out differently.

 

Fights to Make After UFC 247

Valentina Shevchenko proved yet again to be on another level than the rest of the flyweight division. Book the trilogy with Amanda Nunes while Roxanne Modafferi and Joanne Calderwood fight for top contendership. It’s the only route to take.

Katlyn Chookagian just couldn’t find a way against Shevchenko, and that’s not a knock against her. Most women on Earth cannot find a way. Maybe a fight with Viviane Araujo or a rematch with Lauren Murphy could be next for the Blonde Fighter. Her future is still bright.

 

Justin Tafa // Daniel Spitz

Juan Adams should consider options outside of the UFC to gain some more experience.

Dan Ige // Bryce Mitchell

Mirsad Bektic // Charles Jourdain

Derrick Lewis // Aleksei Oleinik

Ilir Latifi // Stefan Struve for all of the heavyweight madness.

 

Trevin Giles // Tim Boetsch

James Krause // Chance Rencountre

Lauren Murphy // Jennifer Maia

Andrea Lee // Ji Yeon Kim

Khaos Williams // Siyar Bahadurzada

Alex Morono // Bryan Barbarena

Mario Bautista // Tony Gravely

Miles Johns // Anderson dos Santos

 

Journey Newson // Felipe Coralles

Domingo Pilarte // debuting bantamweight

Andre Ewell // Said Nurmagomedov

Jonathan Martinez // Cole Smith

Youssef Zalal // Alejandro Perez

Austin Lingo should return to LFA to work on cardio and grappling a bit more before retiring to the UFC.

 

There you have it. See you next week in New Mexico.

Categories
UFCWhat's Next

Leave a Reply

*

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

RELATED BY

  • MMA

    UFC Vegas weigh in results

    All but one fighter successfully made weight as UFC Vegas is all set to go on Saturday night at the UFC Apex. In the main event of the evening,...
  • UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Harris – Results

    In the final act of the Jacksonville trilogy, the UFC pieced together a card headlined by an emotional clash between veteran Alistair Overeem and the surging Walt Harris. The...
  • UFC Florida in tweets

    The third event in eight days has passed and it was a fantastic main card full of action. Opening the main card was a featherweight bout between Song Yadong...
  • MMA

    UFC Florida Weigh-In Results

    UFC Florida is set to go as the fighters made weight on Friday morning. In the main event, a heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris. Overeem tipped...