When the UFC puts together a fight card like their most current Fight Night offering, they’re really betting on one thing: whatever other action there is lower down on the undercard, the centerpiece is going to provide. When it doesn’t, everything else just feels a little less fun by association. That was the outcome on Saturday night, where Derek Brunson successfully blanketed Kevin Holland for a controling win on the scorecards, but a snoozer for fans in your home.
So, can Brunson utilize his more controlling design and smothering physicality to get to the belt? Is Macy Chiasson prepared for a large step up in competitors? Can bantamweight just chill for a minute and let the other divisions shine?
To respond to those questions– however not much else– I’ll be utilizing the timeless Silva/Shelby battle reserving approach from the UFC of years past. Now, let’s get to the battles.
Not a quite win however a required one if Brunson truly desires to combat for UFC gold at some point in the near future. After this win he called out Paulo Costa, and frankly– if Costa weren’t currently sidelined with longhaul COVID– that’s a battle I ‘d be more than delighted to see.
Actually anyone around the title discussion makes sense for Brunson today, with his existing 4-fight win streak. Till, Vettori, Whittaker, and Hermansson are all reserved. I think that suggests it’s time for Derek Brunson vs. Jared Cannonier. Is Cannonier too powerful for Brunson to consume the kind of shots he did versus Holland? Or will Cannonier’s previous difficulties with takedown defense return once again to bite him? Time to learn. Cannonier vs. Brunson is the battle to make if Brunson wishes to make a run at Israel Adesanya’s belt.
Some top level fighter, who would not get stuck at the end of his reach or lose their composure in wild exchanges, would merely be there to fight hard through the moments where Holland was looking to have enjoyable and talk trash. Outside of a couple frightens standing, Brunson ran roughshod over Holland with power takedowns and grinding (if unexciting) top control.
For the moment that puts any top 5 or title aspirations on hold. But, for a fighter willing to fight as often as Holland does, there’s always going to be another likelihood for him to go on a run. Bouts versus Brad Tavares, Sean Strickland, or Omari Akhmedov would all fit the bill of a decent recuperate from Brunson, However with all three males coming off wins, how about Ian Heinisch rather? Heinisch is a bit of a one-trick pony, but considered that technique is scrambling fumbling, that seems like a challenge Holland requires to prove something against. Heinisch vs. Holland should be terrific way for both men to prove they’re still top 15 talents.
Big KO win for Griffin. The avenue to beating Tune Kenan appeared like it would likely have to lead through either a volume benefit or a lot of battling for Griffin, however he showed he could just step in, trust his chin, and bang it out instead. Found the perfect number of right-hand men to send out Kenan crashing to the canvas in round 1 for a dominant KO efficiency.
Coming off that, Griffin called out Geoff Neal. I do not hate the idea at all, however it likewise appears like a quite big action back for Neal coming off a loss to Stephen Thompson. Battles against Tim Means, Li Jingliang, James Krause, or Alan Jouban might be more the right speed off this sort of win. Of those, I believe I ‘d go with Tim Way. The ‘Unclean Bird’ is such a scrappy fight-anyone-anywhere kind of dude, he must have a severe war with Griffin. And, if Griffin is actually turning a corner and has actually discovered some more power in his hands, then this ‘d be another possibility to evaluate Means’ usually wonderful sturdiness. Griffin vs. Way would be an excellent method to see if Griffin can stay on his great run of kind and head towards the top 15.
Maness is currently booked versus Tony Seriously and not excatly a fight that fans are going to be shouting for. Fights like Trevin Jones, Timur Valiev, Anderson dos Santos, or Kyler Phillips. Of those, Jones appears like the person showing off the most power and percision right now, a genuine surprise KO hazard combating his best after getting a UFC agreement late in his career.
Not precisely a major test of Tuivasa’s development towards being an elite heavyweight. To his credit, he did an excellent job working behind his low kicks early to require Hunsucker into a brawl where he might begin looking for the counter. Only took a number of shots to put Hunsucker on skates and provide Tuivasa a huge TKO win. That ought to set him up for another, greater level challenger in the middle of the heavyweight division. Might be a possibility like Chris Daukaus or Tom Aspinall, or maybe someone like the winner of Rothwell/Lins, Lima/Greene, or Latifi/Boser. I ‘d probably lean toward the Lins/Rothwell winner, personally, however with Chris Daukaus right there waiting for another bout, why wait? Chris Daukaus vs. Tai Tuivasa would be a thriller for each second it lasted, even if that’s few.
A strong win for Chiasson to bring her securely into the bantamweight top10 She started mindful, however injured Reneau a couple times and developed some serious momentum over the last two rounds. She’s now 5-1 and Reneau has always served as an excellent gatekeeper to larger and better battles. That might suggest Ketlen Vieira, Yana Kunitsakaya or perhaps a rematch with Lina Lansberg. There’s likewise a good bout to be had with Pannie Kianzad or a big advance to deal with someone like Irene Aldana. Of all those I think Kianzad is the best fight to take.
Must provide Chiasson a terrific chance to make use of her size. Macy Chiasson vs. Pannie Kianzad would be a scrap.
For when Dawson really could not lean on his fumbling video game and since of that, he certainly had a hard time to keep his normal speed and control of the battle. I guess Guida is coming off a win and it’s a winnable fight for Dawson. For my money, fights with Arman Tsarukyan, Nasrat Haqparast, or Vinc Pichel would make a lot more sense.
A great win for Jackson in a bout that was truly set up for him to make a declaration. He got an action-oriented, unskilled challenger on brief notice. And as expected, he shined with a terrific first round TKO. That win sets him back up on track as a strong possibility in a bantamweight division that almost feels overloaded with them. There are strong choices with Said Nurmagomedov, Kyler Phillips, or Andre Ewell, however I actually like the idea of a bout with Davey Grant. Grant has great power and a scrappy completing and has actually revealed himself to be a tough test to young prospects. Feels like just the ideal bar for Jackson to try and clear, or for Grant a possibility to build more momentum to make a run into the top15 Grant vs. Jackson ought to be an interesting difficulty for ‘Quik’ next time out.
OTHER BOUTS: Song Kenan vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan, Montserrat Conejo vs. Cory McKenna, Cheyanne Buys vs. Gloria de Paula, Gustavo Lopez vs. Heili Alateng, Harry Hunsucker vs. Baudot/Nascimento loser, Marion Reneau vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith, Leo Santos vs. Davi Ramos, Trevin Giles vs. Makhmud Muradov, Roman Dolidze vs. Rodolfo Vieira, Jesse Strader vs. Drako Rodriguez, Bruno Silva vs. Su Mudaerji, JP Buys vs. Cody Durden