What’s Next For The Losers From UFC San Antonio
By Claudia Peterson
UFC San Antonio on ESPN went down on Saturday July 20th. Now that the action is over, who should the losers fight next?
Rafael Dos Anjos: Dos Anjos put on a very tough game performance against Leon Edwards. In the end, Edwards proved to be too much for Dos Anjos, and he lost by unanimous decision. Now 3-1 in his last four, this loss puts Dos Anjos far away from being able to be in title contention again. However, if he stays active and gets a couple of more wins, he should be able to rise towards the top of the list once again. He should fight Stephen Thompson next.
Aleksei Oleinik: Oleinik suffered a 12 second devastating knockout at the hands of Walt Harris, the fastest KO in UFC heavyweight history to date. The blows were so heavy that Oleinik took a while to get up from the mat. At 42 years old, Oleinik might not have much time left to fight, and this loss will bump him down in rank below the top 10. If he chooses to stay around he should fight Ben Rothwell, who also lost tonight.
Juan Adams: Adams was another heavyweight who suffered a fast KO courtesy of Greg Hardy. Adams went for a single leg, but ended up on the bottom, and Hardy rained blows on him until the referee stepped in and waved off the fight. Adams protested and walked off the cage before the decision was red, tossing his mouthpiece into the crowd in the process. Juan Adams still has a lot to give and should get back into the octagon sooner than later. He should fight Cyril Asker.
James Vick: James Vick suffered yet another knockout, this time in his home turf, at the hands of Dan Hooker. This is his third straight loss in the past 12 months, and it is difficult to envision a path forward. He should take the rest of the year off and focus on his game plan. When he returns he should fight Yanci Medeiros.
Francisco Trinaldo: The 40 year old veteran ended up on the losing end of a unanimous decision against Alexander Hernandez. The fight was rather uneventful, and for many spectators, Hernandez had the home advantage with the judges. Trinaldo may not have much time left to fight, but he should get back into the octagon by the end of the year. He should fight Nick Lentz.
Ben Rothwell: Rothwell literally left it all inside the octagon after three grueling rounds against former champion Andrei Arlovski. Rothwell did everything he could do to overwhelm Arlovski but it was just not enough. This is his third loss in 2019, and before that, he was out of the game for 3 years. Rothwell may still have more to give, but this looked a winnable fight on paper. He should fight Alexei Oleinik next, who also lost tonight.