What’s Next For The Losers At UFC 237
By Claudia Peterson
UFC 237 went down in Rio de Janeiro, and the main card was full of popular veteran and up and coming fighters. Now that the bloodletting is over with, let’s see what is next for the losers.
Rose Namajunas (strawweight):
Thug Rose was viciously knocked out by Jessica Andrade, via bodyslam early in the second round of their championship fight. Rose was winning the fight through the first and second, tagging Andrade and utilizing the jab efficiently.
Andrade used her signature body slam twice in the fight, but the second time, as Rose was holding on to a kimura choke, Andrade dropped her on to the canvas and Rose landed on her head, being knocked out immediately, while Andrade followed up with a couple of more punches before the ref stepped in.
It is unclear if Rose has sustained a serious injury, but her heart for the game is now in question, as she herself attested that she is not sure what the future holds for her.
If Rose decides to stick around, and barring any injury that could delay her return, she should get an immediate rematch against Andrade.
Anderson Silva (middleweight):
The spider lost via technical knockout when Cannonier threw a kick that landed on Silva’s knee. Cannonier was finding success early on with the low kicks, and proved to be strong in the clinch, not allowing Silva to get much done. Cannonier threw another low kick towards the very end of the round which landed on Silva’s knee. The spider was in excruciating pain from the injury caused to his knee, and the referee waved the fight off.
It was a very anticlimactic end to what could have been a very exciting fight. The last time Silva lost in a similar fashion was against Chris Weidman in their championship rematch. Silva only has one win since 2013, and at 44 years old, it is difficult to contemplate where Silva can go from here if he chooses to stay around. He should take a good fight against another veteran who is also on his way out, even if it means a rematch. He should fight David Branch.
Jose Aldo (featherweight):
The King of Rio dropped a unanimous decision to Alexander Volkanovski in his hometown tonight. Aldo always looked one step behind Volkanovski. Both fighters showed a lot of respect for each other in their fight, being patient and staying within safe distance.
However, Volkanovski was able to get the better of Aldo by continuing to pressure him through and through. The King of Rio is sure to stick around for more fights, and he should fight the loser of Ortega vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov.
Thiago Alves (welterweight):
The Pitbull lost a unanimous decision to Argentine Laureano Staropoli, a younger and less experienced opponent. It was a surprising loss for the Brazilian. Starpoli was one step ahead the entire fight, and proved to be too fast for the veteran Alves.
Staropoli was able to get through the leg kicks and stay out of trouble, for the exception of a combo from Alves towards the end of the third round. Alves was able to survive the three round beating. He is now 3-2 in his last 5 fights, but it seems as though he still wants to be in this game. He should fight Alan Jouban next.
Bethe Correia (bantamweight):
The other Pitbull stepped back into the cage in home territory tonight after an almost two year layoff. The last time she was in action was back in June of 2017, when she was viciously knocked out by Holly Holm in Singapore.
Bethe’s attempt to return to the octagon has not been easy, and her time away from fighting has certainly hurt her game. She was scheduled to face Irene Aldana back in August of 2018, but the bout was cancelled due to Correia not being cleared to fight due to an eye injury.
For tonight’s’ fight, Correia came in at 141 lbs, forcing her to give up 30% of her purse, and thus adding to her already low level of confidence. Tonight, the Pitbull was outclassed in every way, with Aldana always having an edge over the Brazilian.
To everyone’s surprise, Correia was forced to tap at 3:27 of the third round. This is the first time in her professional career that she has been submitted.
Even at 35 Correia may still have more to give and able to gain career momentum and see some wins before her career is over. She should fight Sarah Moras next.