The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the eight time in promotional history Saturday (June 3, 2017) using UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway. It turned out to be a solid night of bits which found nine of 12 bouts end within the distance, and with the struggles currently in our rear perspective, let’s take a look at some possible matchups featuring a few of the opponents from the evening…
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Holloway dethroned Jose Aldo to turn into new king at 145 pounds, and for his very first official name defense, I think it would make most sense for him to take on Frankie Edgar, as that is a matchup fight fans have been trying to watch for a little while now. Another potential candidate to get a title shot at Cub Swanson, but his last loss came at the hands of Holloway at a very decisive fashion. That is not a fight that peaks the interest of fight fans, as Holloway would be expected to be a huge favorite. The Edgar fight is one where anything can happen, so everyone wants to see it. I believe this potential featherweight title would are a great fit to main event UFC 216 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Rose Namajunas
Gadelha made brief work of Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz, beating her from rear-naked choke entry from the very first form of action. She enjoys a two-fight winning series, and for her next excursion inside the Octagon, I would like to see her take on Namajunas in a title eliminator. Both fighters earned rapid victories in their latest bouts, so I would like to see them make a quick turnaround to co-main event August’s UFC Fight Night in Mexico City.
Brian Kelleher vs. Bryan Caraway
Kelleher gained a first-round guillotine-choke entry over veteran Iuri Alcantara in what was a picture perfect promotional debut for its 30-year-old, who employed his post-fight address to request a Top 10 ranked opponent for a quick turnaround on the coming Long Island card at July. I think an opponent which makes sense is Caraway, who hasn’t seen action since a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling only over one year ago. I think this is a pairing which makes sense for the two fighters and would be a fantastic fit anywhere on the Long Island card.
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