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5 Fights We Must See After UFC on ESPN 37

5 Fights We Must See After UFC on ESPN 37

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    UFC on ESPN 37 went down over the weekend in Austin, Texas, and it will possibly safely be known as one of the entertaining Combat Night time occasions of the 12 months.

    The 13-fight occasion, which tied the file for many knockouts on a single UFC card at eight, was topped by a featherweight contender conflict between harmful knockout puncher Josh Emmett and slick boxing specialist Calvin Kattar. It was nearly as good as all of us hoped it might be as Emmett defeated Kattar by break up determination in a bloody, Combat of the Night time-winning scrap.

    Co-headlining honors have been speculated to go to light-weight veterans Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Joe Lauzon. When a last-minute Lauzon harm derailed that plan, a welterweight struggle between Kevin Holland and Tim Means moved into the co-main occasion spot. Holland, a former middleweight, introduced himself as a doable welterweight contender with a slick submission in Spherical 2.

    Elsewhere on the cardboard, we noticed spectacular finishes from middleweights Joaquin Buckley and Gregory Rodrigues, who stopped Albert Duraev and Julian Marquez respectively, and surging bantamweight contender Adrian Yanez, who scored an undeniably satisfying TKO win over Tony Kelley.

    The cardboard opened the door to a bunch of thrilling doable matchups. Hold scrolling for those we’re hoping to see when the mud has settled.

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    Josh Emmett’s split-decision victory over Calvin Kattar within the UFC on ESPN 37 principal occasion was considerably controversial however spectacular nonetheless.

    It was his fifth victory in a row after a quartet of strong performances towards Dan Ige, Shane Burgos, Mirsad Bektic and Michael Johnson. It isn’t the best win streak we have ever seen, however it’s undoubtedly one, and it ought to earn him a crack on the featherweight title. Reigning champion Alexander Volkanovski defends the title towards the division’s former king, Max Holloway, at UFC 276 on July 2.

    UFC 276 will mark Volkanovski and Holloway’s third struggle, and any variety of outcomes—most notably an in depth Holloway win—may drive the pair right into a uncommon fourth encounter within the Octagon. Supplied we get a decisive end result, nonetheless, Emmett ought to be subsequent in line for a shot on the featherweight belt.

    No one deserves it extra proper now.

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    Calvin Kattar did not get the consequence he needed at UFC on ESPN 37, however the aggressive and controversial nature of his split-decision loss to Josh Emmett means he will not lose a lot floor in defeat. All it is going to take is one other win or two and he’ll be proper again within the featherweight title dialog.

    You are able to do no mistaken matchmaking for a man like Kattar. Pit him towards anyone within the featherweight High 10, and also you’re in all probability in for an awesome struggle.

    One cool possibility can be a struggle with the winner of a July 16 conflict between Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez. However that struggle may go away each guys banged up—they might not be able to get again into the cage anytime quickly. As a substitute, we might wish to see Kattar matched up with “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.

    Jung hasn’t fought since he was walloped to a stoppage loss by featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski in April. Whereas he hinted at retirement after that setback, he is since revealed he’ll struggle at least one more time earlier than he rides off into the sundown.

    Kattar is nearly as good an opponent for him as any. It is sensible from a rankings standpoint, and it may simply be top-of-the-line fights of the 12 months.

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    Kevin Holland is trying like a brand new man at welterweight.

    After flaming out within the middleweight division, he is gone 2-0 since dropping to 170 kilos, knocking out Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira in his debut after which submitting Tim Means with a D’Arce choke within the UFC on ESPN 37 co-main occasion.

    After his win over Means, Holland called for a fight with Sean Brady, the UFC’s No. 9-ranked welterweight and top-of-the-line grapplers within the division. It was a good callout, however Holland hasn’t earned a High 10 foe but. To be frank, it is unlikely he is improved his wrestling sufficient to take care of a man like Brady anyway.

    Enable us to supply an alternate, as urged by MMA reporter Alex Behunin on Twitter: a struggle between Holland and Argentina’s Santiago Ponzinibbio.

    Like Holland, Ponzinibbio has a popularity for thrilling fights and flashy finishes. Whereas he was as soon as ranked contained in the welterweight High 15, he is on the surface trying in after a pair of split-decision losses to Geoff Neal and Michel Pereira.

    Pit him towards Holland and provides the winner a ranked foe.

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    Rising middleweights Joaquin Buckley and Gregory Rodrigues each picked up spectacular wins at UFC on ESPN 37, stopping Albert Duraev and Julian Marquez, respectively.

    It was Buckley’s third victory in a row after a knockout of Antonio Arroyo and a break up determination over Abdul Razak Alhassan. Rodrigues, in the meantime, rebounded from a split-decision defeat to Armen Petrosyan to enhance to 3-1 within the UFC.

    Neither man took any actual harm in his struggle, and so they’re on the identical schedule. Given that they are additionally hovering across the similar place within the middleweight division—a few wins away from the rankings—it solely is sensible to match them up with one another.

    With 21 stoppage wins between them, it might undoubtedly be a enjoyable one.

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    Adrian Yanez picked up top-of-the-line wins on the knockout-filled UFC on ESPN 37 card, shutting the lights out on Tony Kelley, who has been making headlines for all of the mistaken causes.

    The win pushed the 28-year-old Texan bantamweight to 5-0 within the UFC—and he is received a efficiency bonus in each a kind of fights.

    There isn’t any method round it: He deserves a High 15 foe.

    At first look, the only option would possibly look like No. 15-ranked contender Raphael Assuncao, however the Brazilian veteran has misplaced his final 4 fights—together with two knockouts. Pitting him towards a buzz noticed like Yanez feels merciless.

    As a substitute, we might wish to see Yanez matched up with a veteran in a barely higher place: former light-weight champ Frankie Edgar.

    Edgar, ranked No. 11 at bantamweight, has misplaced his final two fights by knockout, however these losses got here towards two of one of the best fighters within the division in Cory Sandhagen and Marlon “Chito” Vera. His days as a title contender could also be over, however he is nonetheless a tricky out for many bantamweights on the roster. And remember: He is derailed comparable hype trains earlier than. Bear in mind his struggle with Yair Rodriguez?

    It will give us an awesome sense of Yanez’s ceiling and an understanding of what Edgar has left within the tank.

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