What’s Next? UFC: Boston Thoughts and Results

Lance Carpenter

It was a highlight-night for young talent as Boston and the TD Garden hosted the UFC once again on a special Friday night event, where former middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Dominick Reyes met in the semi-anticipated main event. The night also saw the fiery rematch between Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens, the return of Greg Hardy, and the continued ascension of Maycee Barber. Here are the full results, some thoughts for the winners, and fights to make in the near-future.

 

RESULTS:

Dominick Reyes def. Chris Weidman via KO (left cross to ground and pound), Rd 1

Yair Rodriguez def. Jeremy Stephens via Unanimous Decision

Greg Hardy vs. Ben Sosoli ends in a No Contest

Joe Lauzon def. Jonathan Pearce via TKO (ground and pound), Rd 1

Maycee Barber def. Gillian Robertson via TKO (punches), Rd 1

Darren Stewart def. Deron Winn via Split Decision

Charles Rosa def. Manny Bermudez via Submission (armbar), Rd 1

Molly McCann def. Diana Belbita via Unanimous Decision

Sean Woodson def. Kyle Bochniak via Unanimous Decision

Randy Costa def. Boston Salmon via TKO (punches), Rd 1

Sean Brady def. Court McGee via Unanimous Decision

Brendan Allen def. Kevin Holland via Submission (rear-naked choke), Rd 2

Tanner Boser def. Daniel Spitz via Unanimous Decision

 

Dominick Reyes: Now 12-0 and 6-0 in the UFC, Dominick Reyes has looked more impressive each time out, save a controversial decision victory over Volkan Oezdemir. I didn’t love this headliner against Weidman when it was announced. I thought Reyes should have taken a step back after a lackluster performance and fought someone like Corey Anderson, but here we landed, shipped out to Boston against a former champion moving up a weight class. This was a hard test for Reyes, and he passed. Things went about how I, and most people, expected. Granted, Weidman is not who he used to be, and it was upsetting seeing him ended this way, but props to Reyes and his team. As much as people want to make the case for a fight against Jon Jones, the greatest MMA fighter of all time, I think that is still premature. Jon has been teasing a fight announcement, and I highly doubt at 205. Book Reyes against Anthony Smith early next year.

Yair Rodriguez: I loved seeing the forward aggression from Rodriguez, regardless of the personal beef that started it. If he can fill the holes in his takedown defense and fan the killer instinct in his submissions, Yair will be a bigger problem than he already is. Let’s see Rodriguez against the winner of Zabit and Calvin Kattar.

 

FIGHTS TO MAKE:

Jeremy Stephens // Mirsad Bektic

Greg Hardy // Todd Duffee

Ben Sosoli // Allen Crowder

Jonathan Pierce // Thiago Moises

Maycee Barber // Paige VanZant

Gillian Robertson // Montana De La Rosa

Darren Stewart // Makhmud Muradov

Deron Winn // Trevin Giles

Charles Rosa // Chas Skelly

Manny Bermudez // Alex Caceres

Molly McCann // Mara Romero Borella

Diana Belbita // Nadia Kassem

Sean Woodson // Daniel Teymur

Kyle Bochniak // Vince Murdock or debuting Featherweight

Randy Costa // Mario Bautista

Boston Salmon // Domingo Pilarte

Sean Brady // Zak Ottow

Court McGee // James Vick

Brendan Allen // Eryk Anders

Kevin Holland // Eric Spicely

Tanner Boser // Serghei Spivac

Daniel Spits // Juan Adams

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