I’m not a kind of individuals who assume each champion deserves an instantaneous rematch after dropping their title, however Israel Adesanya deserves a rematch.
Adesanya, who had 5 profitable title defenses to his title earlier than his knockout loss to Alex Pereira at UFC 281, was forward on the scorecards heading into the fifth and last spherical, plus the setback was his first defeat at middleweight. Additional, a rematch between Pereira and Adesanya markets itself and makes probably the most cash for the UFC as the following middleweight title struggle.
Who’s subsequent for Zhang Weili?
Zhang Weili regained the UFC strawweight title with a submission win over Carla Esparza. The query now turns into what’s subsequent for the champ. The simple factor for the UFC to do can be to e book Zhang in opposition to Rose Namajunas for the third time, however Namajunas has not fought since she misplaced an uneventful (learn: boring) cut up determination setback to Carla Esparza in Might. So, as a substitute of doing the straightforward factor, the matchmakers ought to think about matching Amanda Lemos in opposition to Zhang. That places a brand new title within the combine exterior the trio of Zhang, Namajunas and Esparza and forces Namajunas to get a win earlier than she is again within the dialog.
Is Michael Chandler going to get the Conor McGregor struggle?
If Michael Chandler doesn’t get to face Conor McGregor, it received’t be by lack of effort. The previous UFC title challenger has been asking for a matchup with the previous two-division UFC champ for a while. A submission loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 281 didn’t cease him from as soon as once more searching for that struggle, regardless that McGregor will not be within the USADA testing pool and might want to undergo six months of drug checks when he does put his title again on the USADA record.
Did Renato Moicano lower one the most effective post-fight promos in UFC historical past?
Is anybody shopping for what Ryan Spann was promoting?
After his knockout win over former UFC mild heavyweight title challenger Dominick Reyes, Ryan Spann informed UFC commentator Joe Rogan the distinction between his previous two fights and his earlier 26 skilled fights — seven of which have been with the UFC — was that he skilled for these two bouts.
Rogan appeared to take Spann at his phrase, however are we speculated to imagine a person who has been an expert blended martial artist for greater than 9 years hadn’t skilled for a struggle till this yr?
Spann doubled down on his declare backstage when talking to Laura Sanko.
Is Erin Blanchfield a future star?
The one cause the above is posed as a query is as a result of that’s the piece’s premise. Erin Blanchfield is a future star. The truth that she was booked in opposition to Molly McCann was an instance of horrible matchmaking. To not denigrate McCann, who had the makings of a star within the UK market, however she is nowhere close to the extent of fighter that the 23-year-old Blanchfield is.
Blanchfield has all of the makings of a future UFC flyweight champion — and once more — she is simply 23. If the UFC is smart — and the reserving of this struggle makes me query the knowledge of the promotion’s matchmakers — they’d slowly transfer Blanchfield up the ranks of the 125-pound division. There’s no cause to hurry her; doing so will solely harm her improvement and future upside.
Nonetheless, the UFC has by no means been within the enterprise of constructing stars or wanting too far ahead, so it could be a shock if the promotion takes its time with Blanchfield and that leads me to the following query.
Why did the UFC matchmakers e book Molly McCann in opposition to Erin Blanchfield?
The truth that Molly McCann, who hails from Liverpool, England, bought a extra vital pop from the Madison Sq. Backyard crowd than the New Jersey-born Erin Blanchfield ought to have informed everybody that the promotion had a possible star in McCann. As a substitute of capitalizing on that potential and constructing McCann right into a draw, the UFC matchmakers put her in a struggle the place she closed as the biggest underdog on the cardboard.
Blanchfield vs. McCann was an instance of poor matchmaking. Until, in fact, the UFC booked the struggle with the concept of knocking McCann down a couple of notches.
What occurred with these scorecards?
I don’t recall a time when a member of the athletic fee got here into the octagon, grabbed the scorecard and appeared to make adjustments to it earlier than UFC announcer Bruce Buffer may learn the outcomes, however that occurred at UFC 281. Bloody Elbow reached out to the New York State Athletic Fee concerning that incident, which befell after the Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez struggle, however we’ve not heard again from the fee.
Is it too quickly to start out believing in Carlos Ulberg?
Carlos Ulberg moved to 7-1 total and 3-1 within the UFC with a first-round knockout win over Nicolae Negumereanu at UFC 281. Along with his victory, the 31-year-old, who trains out of Metropolis Kickboxing, picked up back-to-back knockout wins within the UFC.
What I like about how the UFC is dealing with Ulberg is they’re bringing him alongside slowly and giving him favorable matchups. The previous kickboxer is a implausible offensive striker, however the questions he must reply are within the realm of hanging protection, takedown protection, cardio and floor work. Which is to say, sure, till he begins going through opponents who put him to the take a look at, it’s too quickly to get jazzed about Ulberg as a possible contender within the mild heavyweight division.
With that being stated, followers shouldn’t miss his fights as a result of he fights good, hits onerous and might flip the lights out with one strike.