What’s Next For The Losers At UFC Greenville
By Claudia Peterson
UFC Greenville went down in South Carolina this past Saturday. Now that the fights are over, what can we expect for the losing fighters from the main card?
Renato Moicano (featherweight):
Moicano suffered a brutal KO loss at the hands of the Korean Zombie within the first minute of the fight. Moicano was unable to set up his jab and left himself open to the right hand of Chan Sung Jung. There is not much to be said about this fight other than the fact that his was a devastating loss for the Brazilian, who most of us did not expect to see get knocked out in that manner. Moicano may want to take some time off before fighting again, but a good match-up for him would be Ricardo Lamas.
Bryan Barberena (welterweight):
Bam Bam Barberena came into his fight against Randy Brown as a solid favorite. However, Brown was able to take advantage of his height and reach advantage, and kept Barberen at a distance for most of the fight, before finishing it with a vicious knee followed by punches. Barberena never really got his momentum going, and was unable to get much done in this fight. It was a very disappointing performance by Bam Bam, who has now lost two in a row. Barberena will probably bounce back from this loss if he makes some adjustments. He should fight Curtis Millinder next.
Anderson Dos Santos (bantamweight):
Dos Santos dropped a unanimous decision to Andre Ewell. He stayed too close in punching range and absorbed a good share of shots from his opponent. Dos Santos had some good moments, especially in the third round where he was able to get a takedown, but was outlasted in the end. If the UFC decides to keep him around, he should fight Ray Borg next.
Montana de la Rosa (women’s flyweight):
De la Rosa was outworked by Andrea Lee, in a fight that left her bloodied and tired. De La Rosa was able to get most of the takedowns she attempted, but Lee proved to be stronger and was able to escape from all of them, leaving de La Rosa vulnerable and open to being outpointed on the feet. At 24 years old, De La Rosa still has plenty of time to improve her fighting. She should fight Antonina Shevchenko next.
Alessio di Chirico (middleweight):
di Chirico was outlasted by Kevin Holland, in a fight that saw him be the slower moving fighter. di Chirico had some good moments sporadically, but overall he did not seem too eager to give it his all in this fight. Even after Kevin Holland injured his right shoulder at the end of the second round, di Chirico did not capitalise on that, and it is unclear whether he did not realise Holland was injured or wether di Chirico just does not have a very good fighting IQ. After the loss, he asked for a rematch against Holland, but it is underserved. He should fight Gerlad Meerschaert next.