UFC 277 went down final evening (Sat., July 30, 2022), that includes an exciting evening of fights spearheaded by the rematch between Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes. After 25 minutes of motion, Pena grew to become bantamweight champion as soon as once more, dominating Pena all through the combat (see it again here). Within the pay-per-view (PPV) co-main occasion, Brandon Moreno stopped Kai Kara-France through ground-and-pound within the third spherical to change into the interim Flyweight champion (highlights).
Winner: Amanda Nunes
Who She Ought to Combat Subsequent: Valentina Shevchenko trilogy combat
Kayla Harrison is just not strolling by means of that Octagon door anytime quickly, so let’s stop pretending like she is. A trilogy combat towards Pena is feasible since “The Venezuelan Vixen” pulled off one of many greatest upsets in UFC historical past lower than one 12 months in the past, however there’s additionally a possible trilogy combat towards Valentina Shevchenko lurking. UFC President, Dana White, is open to the concept and, fairly frankly, is far, far more intriguing. They’re the No. 1 and No. 2 finest pound-for-pound finest feminine fighters on UFC’s roster and so they actually don’t have any clear-cut contenders of their respective division who warrant a title combat in the meanwhile. This one ought to be a no brainer.
Winner: Brandon Moreno
Who He Ought to Combat Subsequent: Deiveson Figueiredo for a fourth time
After Moreno disposed of Kai Kara-France, it was assured that he would face division kingpin, Figueiredo, for a fourth time. The 2 males buried that hatchet contained in the Octagon final evening, however they may definitively give it the whole lot they’ve obtained after they begin punching one another within the face, probably in December. There isn’t a lot to say about this combat that hasn’t already been mentioned besides put together for one more warfare.
Winner: Sergei Pavlovich
Who He Ought to Face Subsequent: Alexander Volkov
Pavlovich picked up his fourth straight win after knocking out Derrick Lewis within the first spherical, placing him on monitor to infiltrate the Prime 5. A combat towards Volkov appears perfect as a result of even when Pavlovich does break into the Prime 5, I don’t suppose he’ll get matched up towards anybody forward of him. Volkov at the moment sits at No. 7 and is coming off an enormous win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Having mentioned that, Pavlovich and Volkov are each Russian and have skilled collectively up to now; due to this fact, it’s unclear if they’re prepared to place skilled (or private) friendships apart to generate profits collectively.
Winner: Alexandre Pantoja
Who He Ought to Face Subsequent: Anticipate a title shot
Now that Moreno and Figueiredo are set to place an finish to their rivalry contained in the Octagon, Pantoja ought to combat the winner after he earned his third straight win following a primary spherical destruction of Alex Perez in Dallas. Pantoja is ranked No. 4 and the lads in entrance of him, Kai Kara-France and Askar Askarov, are coming off losses. If Pantoja desires his shot on the strap, he’s seemingly going to have to take a seat out awhile … maybe till the primary quarter of 2023.
Winner: Magomed Ankalaev
Who He Ought to Face Subsequent: Title shot … possibly?
Ankalaev picked up his ninth straight win, defeating Anthony Smith through technical knockout (TKO) within the second spherical of their combat. At present sitting at No. 4, Ankalaev is within the good spot to get the following shot on the strap. A rematch between division champion, Jiri Prochazka, and Glover Teixeira isn’t confirmed but, however that may be what we get later this 12 months. Jan Blachowicz can also be lurking, which suggests if Prochazka and Teixeira do tango a second time, I wouldn’t be stunned if UFC matchmakers booked Ankalaev vs. Blachowicz as a title eliminator combat.
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