UFC 240: What’s Next for the Losers
By James Heaney
Just three weeks on from UFC 239 in Las Vegas, Edmonton hosted the latest UFC PPV. There were some big wins, some impressive victories, but what’s next for those who lost their fights on Saturday?
Frankie Edgar: Since the fight, Edgar has already come out and said that he is not planning on retirement. That may be the case but it felt like Saturday was the curtain closer on Edgar the title holder or challenger. There is no shame in losing to Holloway but Edgar never looked like getting a foothold in the fight, unable to impose his wrestling while absorbing a lot of punishment. He is rightly at the top end of the division and will continue to be a test for many- particularly those who have ambitions of reaching the top. Dana White once called Rafael Dos Anjos a “gauge for testing up and comers” and maybe this is the same now for Edgar. “Gatekeeper” is often a term used with a sense of negativity but Edgar remains a big name and big challenge for 145ers. Josh Emmett is coming off a hometown win and would be a fun fight of similar styles. Alternatively for a wrestler v unique takedown style matchup, Ryan Hall?
Felicia Spencer: Although losing 30-27 across the board, Spencer has rightly been given credit for not just surviving 15 minutes with Cyborg, but for having her own moments and absorbing power that many haven’t been able to. The problem she faces now is the division…or lack of it. Cat Zingano is the obvious next opponent, particularly given Megan Anderson is booked for UFC 243. To keep the 145 decision moving forward, this could be booked for the end of 2019.
Niko Price: After an exciting round and a half, fans will be looking forward to seeing Price fight again. If he is to fight again, then Diego Sanchez could provide fireworks in a stylistic match up.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier: Arman Tsarukyan spoilt the homecoming of Aubin-Mercier on Saturday night and will likely drop out of the rankings, in what is one of the most stacked divisions. He remains a test for fighters looking to break into that Top 20, he could face Alan Patrick, also coming off a loss, or Thiago Moises who beat Kurt Holobaugh in May.
Marc-Andre Barriault: The underdog coming into this fight, Barriault lost a gruelling Decision in the first fight on PPV, which may have been defined by Jotko’s takedown in the final minute of the fight. Barriault absorbed punches and pressured Jotko against the cage, showing his persistence, but is 0-2 in his last two fights. Charles Byrd and Bevon Lewis are also 0-2 so one of those would be a great option.