Fights To Make After UFC 230
By Dylan Jones
Chris Weidman vs Derek Brunson
The reason this fight needs to be made is mainly due to both fighters coming off of brutal losses at UFC 230.
Former champ Chris Weidman was finished by TKO after a decent showing against Jacare Souza, putting him at 1-4 in his last 5.
Brunson was KO’d by upcoming prospect Israel Adesanya in their long-awaited matchup. Both fighters are respectively positioned in the top 10 of the middleweight rankings and if this fight takes place a win for either man would certainly boost up their momentum yet again.
Jacare Souza vs Paulo Costa
After his win against Chris Weidman, Jacare is long due a title shot, but that is most likely not happening after rumours of champion Robert Whittaker taking on Kelvin Gastellum at UFC 234 in February.
It makes sense for Jacare to fight the major prospect that is Paulo Costa, possibly on the same card as Whittaker so if for any reason he needs to step in, he will be available, it will also be a real test for Paulo Costa who is currently undefeated, and a win will skyrocket him into the top 5.
Jared Cannonier vs Brad Tavares
With Cannonier’s shock victory over veteran David Branch, he will surely be placed into the top 10 of the middleweight rankings, although he needs to prove that he deserves said position, a win against Tavares would do exactly that, Tavares could also use the win to boost him back into the top 10 after he lost the position since losing to Israel Adesanya in the most recent TUF finale.
Israel Adesanya vs Luke Rockhold
Israel Adesanya proved he is a major problem for all middleweights after a dominant performance in which he defeated Derek Brunson, the win added to his undefeated record which is now at 15-0. With Rockhold pulling out of 230 with injury, it is uncertain when we will be seeing him back, but a fight with Adesanya is definitely the matchup to make for his return.
Daniel Cormier vs Brock Lesnar
Although this is a fight a large majority of the MMA community don’t want to see, it seems the most logical for DC’s legacy, with a third fight with Jones highly unlikely & unnecessary, and a rematch with former champ Stipe Miocic also unlikely, Lesnar is what Cormier has his sights set on.
Lesnar is currently the WWE’s Universal champion, but the fight is still able to happen, presumably at UFC 235 in Las Vegas, which will more than likely be Cormier’s last fight in MMA. With a seemingly poor record of 5-3, most question why Lesnar is getting the title shot, but it is more or less due to the amount of PPVsales the matchup would make, and the massive payday for both fighters.