What’s Next? UFC: Singapore Thoughts and Results

by Lance Carpenter

UFC Singapore was a showcase night for young, upcoming talent and slick submissions, headlined by my favorite fight of the year in Demian Maia and Ben Askren. Here are the full results, some quick thoughts and fights to make in the future.

  • It is a true joy to see a fighter utilize a discipline so purely. I’m of two mindsets with Demian Maia. I hope he either gets a few legacy fights and retires in Brazil before he’s 43, or, if he’s up for it, gets one more title push under his belt. Book him against Diego Sanchez for legacy, or Rafael dos Anjos for title contention.
  • I believe Ben Askren can be the UFC Welterweight Champion, but he needs to improve his striking defense. I think he can win without effective striking with pressure and his relentless man-strength. A rematch with Robbie Lawler should be step one.
  • If he keeps this up, Ciryl Gane will be the UFC Heavyweight Champion within 2 years. I love everything about this guy. Book him against someone like Shamil Abdurakhimov ASAP.
  • Beneil Dariush is still a problem at lightweight.
  • Can we get Muslim Salikov vs Michel Pereira for the Absurdity Title please?
  • Evloev and Palvovich are impressive prospects with championship potential.

RESULTS:

Demian Maia def. Ben Askren via Submission (rear-naked choke), Rd 3

Stevie Ray def. Michael Johnson via Majority Decision

Beneil Dariush def. Frank Camacho via Submission (rear-naked choke), Rd 1

Ciryl Gane def. Don’tale Mayes via Submission (heel-hook), Rd 3

Muslim Salikov def. Laureano Staropoli via Unanimous Decision

Randa Markos def. Ashley Yoder via Split Decision

Rafael Fiziev def. Alex White via Unanimous Decision

Movsar Evloev def. Enrique Barzola via Unanimous Decision

Sergei Palvovich def. Maurice Greene via TKO (punches), Rd 1

Loma Lookboonmee def. Alexandra Albu via Unanimous Decision

Raphael Nunes def. Jeff Hughes via Unanimous Decision

FIGHTS TO MAKE:

Stevie Ray // Claudio Puelles

Michael Johnson // Thiago Moises

Beneil Dariush // Drakkar Klose

Frank Camacho // Don Madge

Don’tale Mayes // Justin Tafa

Laureano Staropoli // Curtis Millender

Randa Markos // Livia Renata Souza

Rafael Fiziev // Joel Alvarez

Alex White // Luis Pena

Movsar Evloev // Charles Rosa

Enrique Barzola // Nad Narimani

Sergei Palvovich // Augusto Sakai

Maurice Greene // Daniel Spitz

Loma Lookboonmee // Yanan Wu

Raphael Nunes // Juan Adams

Jeff Hughes // Todd Duffee II

*Ashley Yoder should be released from the UFC.

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