What’s Next? UFC: Singapore Thoughts and Results
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.
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.