What’s Next For The Losers of UFC Fight Night 144, Fortaleza
By Dylan Jones
Justin Ledet vs Khalil Rountree Jr
With Justin Ledet coming off of a brutal spinning KO loss within the first 20 seconds of his fight against aspiring 205lb prospect Johnny Walker, it only seems logical to match him up with Walkers previous win, Khalil Rountree Jr.
With Khalil already solidified as a strong force at 205lb after taking out the likes of Gokhan Saki, & Ledet having noticeable wins at heavyweight over the likes of Chase Sherman, Khalil could be a perfect opportunity for him to get his first win at 205lb, after two unsuccessful attempts so far.
A win for either man would put them in position for a much more significant matchup.
David Teymur vs Jim Miller
After a decent showing against the most submissions in UFC history record holder Charles Oliveira, David Teymur was submitted after getting lit up on the feet in the 2nd round, this loss was the end of a five fight winning streak for Teymur, with wins over fighters such as Nik Lentz, Lando Vannata & Drakkar Klose, it would seem pointless to put him up against a lower tier fighter after this loss, that’s why I believe that a matchup with seasoned UFC veteran Jim Miller is the perfect matchup.
Miller, who is also coming off of a submission loss to Oliveira, will also be undoubtedly trying his best to get back in the win column, and with a fight against somebody like Teymur, it’s not impossible, this fight will definitely not disappoint if it gets booked, and would do a lot for either man.
Lyman Good vs Belal Muhammad
With Lyman Good losing to former title contender Demian Maia via rear naked choke, it unfortunately derailed any hype that he had after his early stoppage over Ben Saunders.
After Belal Muhammad recently lost to Geoff Neal, another possible fight for Good, it seems right to put these two fighters up against each other, with both in similar positions in chances of getting into the rankings, a win for either of these men would undoubtedly plant the seeds for a possible top 15 contender matchup down the line.
Renato Moicano vs Brian Ortega
In Moicano’s loss to Jose Aldo, in which we saw a little flashback to Aldo’s previous fighting form, it has put him significantly lower in chances of getting a title shot, seeing as he was finished by a man who was finished on two separate occasions by current champion Max Holloway.
With Ortega losing via doctors stoppage in last bout against Max Holloway, Ortega now seems interested in a matchup with Aldo. In fact, he has already called for negotiations to begin for the matchup to take place, which you can see below
This fight will be unbelievable if it takes place, and could more than likely go down as one of the fights of the year if both men show up on the night.
I myself, would be extremely excited to see this one take place.
Raphael Assuncao vs Jimmie Rivera
After losing in the main event of UFC Fight Night 144 Fortaleza via guillotine choke in the first round to the more than likely next title contender Marlon Moraes, there is practically zero chance of him getting a title shot in the future, & with wins already over the likes of Aljamain Sterling & Rob Font, he is still up there as one of the top 135lb fighters in the UFC.
With John Lineker forced out of his scheduled bout against Dominic Cruz due to a rib injury, although Cruz also pulled out, this matchup makes perfect sense as Lineker the lower ranked & coming off a KO win against Brian Kelleher.
Both men are two of the best Brazilian bantamweights & a win would be a brilliant way for Assuncao to get back on track, plus a win for Lineker would put him up there as one of the top names for a title shot, especially if he gets the win via any kind of finish.