Whereas UFC 250 wasn’t precisely crammed to the brim with star energy, the marquee occasion supplied what is going to go down because the entrance runner for one of the best battle card of 2020.
From spectacular knockouts to elegant submissions, UFC 250 had all of it as new contenders have been created and a place as the ladies’s GOAT was cemented as soon as once more.
With Amanda Nunes being ranges above one more challenger in the principle occasion, ‘The Lioness’ recorded the primary defence of her featherweight title in opposition to Felicia Spencer – Nunes’ 11th straight win.
In the meantime within the co-main occasion billing, Cody Garbrandt’s choice to coach with Mark Henry reaped huge rewards as a second-round buzzer-beating haymaker linked with Raphael Assuncao’s jaw.
The remainder of UFC 250’s foremost card noticed Aljamain Sterling produce his best-ever efficiency in opposition to fellow prime contender Cory Sandhagen, Neil Magny edge out Anthony Rocco Martin and rising star ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley land a walk-off KO on veteran Eddie Wineland.
Whereas the preliminary playing cards have been simply nearly as good as the principle providing – Alex Perez, Herbert Burns, Ian Heinisch and an emotionally charged Cody Stamann the standouts there – we’ll consider the massive winners of the PPV portion of UFC 250 as we make 5 solutions for fights to make:
Amanda Nunes vs. Irene Aldana
At this second in time, there doesn’t look to be anybody who can problem Amanda Nunes both at featherweight or bantamweight.
Together with her 11th straight win, a streak that dates again to 2015, Nunes must hold knocking off contenders as and after they come.
Because of the bantamweight division being far more energetic than the 145 lbs weight class, Nunes’ focus ought to flip to her different UFC championship and with Irene Aldana a recent face at 135 lbs, the Mexican needs to be pencilled in subsequent.
Cody Garbrandt vs. Marlon Moraes
Trying calm and picked up in his method, Cody Garbrandt earned a much-needed win in opposition to the proficient Raphael Assuncao – and what a win it was.
Winding up an enormous proper hook on the very finish of the second-round, Garbrandt unleashed a monstrous punch in direction of his Brazilian counterpart – maybe the discharge of three fights price of frustration and heartbreak.
Going ahead, the UFC could need to ease Garbrandt again into the swing of issues however with such a powerful KO, ‘No Love’ seems set to remain on the prime finish of 135 lbs.
With Marlon Moraes coming off of a win over Jose Aldo, Garbrandt vs. Moraes is the way in which ahead – barring any allegiance difficulties for Mark Henry.
Aljamain Sterling vs. Yan / Aldo Winner
Within the preview for UFC 250, I opined that Sterling vs. Sandhagen ought to have been for the vacant bantamweight title versus a vaunted Yan vs. Aldo bout and Aljamain Sterling produced a champion’s efficiency.
Rapidly taking the again of Sandhagen and submitting him with a decent rear-naked choke, ‘Funkmaster’ chalked up his fifth straight win on the elite degree.
With such a powerful win, a shot at UFC gold is the one logical subsequent step.
Neil Magny vs. Robbie Lawler
Whereas it could have been nearer than the scorecards prompt, Neil Magny’s electrical tempo wore out Anthony Rocco Martin over 15 minutes.
Working with a renewed aggressive vigour since coming off of a diminished USADA suspension, Magny seems to be setting a excessive tempo in a division famed for prime output prime contenders.
Because of the welterweight division’s power in depth, there are a ton of choices for Magny’s subsequent bout however an actual check of his means can be a battle in opposition to a former champion.
With ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler in the identical house within the 170 lbs rankings, Magny vs. Lawler would offer a terrific stylistic match-up.
Sean O’Malley vs. John Dodson
Should you’re not already on the Sean O’Malley hype practice, there isn’t a lot time earlier than it leaves the station for good.
With a rangy body, a various arsenal of strikes to select from and that all-important energy behind them, ‘Sugar’ Sean may properly be the UFC’s subsequent break-out star.
At the beginning, O’Malley seems set for brand new contract negotiations with the UFC and will he get the bump in pay he deserves, a battle with the remarkably fast John Dodson can be one other stern check for the 25-year previous to attempt to overcome.