After each occasion, followers marvel whom the winners shall be matched up with subsequent.
With one other night time of UFC motion within the rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead, placed on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s sneakers, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 250’s key profitable fighters.
These fighters included Amanda Nunes (20-Four MMA, 13-1 UFC), who defended her UFC girls’s featherweight title in opposition to Felicia Spencer (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) by unanimous choice within the pay-per-view headliner at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, in addition to Cody Garbrandt (12-Three MMA, 7-Three UFC), Aljamain Sterling (19-Three MMA, 11-Three UFC), Sean O’Malley (12-Zero MMA, 4-Zero UFC) and Alex Perez (24-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC).
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Ought to struggle: Winner of Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez
Why they need to struggle: Perez had his breakthrough second to show himself right into a prime contender within the flyweight division when he surprised the extremely regarded Jussier Formiga with a first-round end.
Not solely did Perez put Formiga away contained in the opening body, however he did it with the brilliance of leg kicks. It was simply the 12th end in UFC historical past with the method, and that’s going to get Perez, who has received 11 of his previous 12 fights, some well-deserved consideration.
The flyweight division is skinny on worthwhile contenders in the intervening time. Figueiredo (18-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) vs. Benavidez (28-6 MMA, 15-Four UFC) will rematch for the vacant 125-pound belt on July 18, and there’s a chance for somebody to step up and make the case to struggle the winner. Nicely, Perez did about nearly as good a job of that as one might.