Within the remaining UFC APEX occasion earlier than the swap to the now infamous ‘Combat Island’, UFC on ESPN 12 noticed a battle of the yr contender in its major occasion and a bunch of enjoyable matchups in help.
With Dustin Poirier’s fuel tank permitting him to take the later rounds following a hellacious early tempo in opposition to Dan Hooker, the headline act of Saturday’s occasion will go down as a contender for 2020’s battle of the yr.
Elsewhere, Mike Perry’s alternative of getting his girlfriend as his lone nook made no distinction with a unanimous resolution win over Mickey Gall, Maurice Greene scored an arm-triangle from the underside in opposition to Gian Villante whereas Julian Erosa defeated rising prospect Sean Woodson on just some days discover.
With a two-week wait now ongoing earlier than ‘Combat Island’ kicks into gear, listed below are 5 fights for the UFC matchmakers to contemplate with 5 of the large winners of UFC on ESPN 12:
Dustin Poirier vs. Tony Ferguson or Conor McGregor II
Due to his superior defence and higher cardio, Dustin Poirier bested Dan Hooker over 25 minutes.
At 31-years previous and 33 bouts into his profession, Poirier will go down as top-of-the-line motion fighters of all-time because of his ridiculous resume of breathtaking bouts and his legacy shall be ever extra fondly appeared upon because of his charitable work.
Going ahead inside the octagon, there are solely two actual choices to contemplate for Poirier they usually come within the type of Tony Ferguson or Conor McGregor.
Whereas Ferguson does have extra choices for the UFC to ponder attributable to his loss to Justin Gaethje, Poirier deserves one other prime contender in his subsequent bout and with Ferguson or a McGregor rematch large fights for ‘The Diamond’, it must be one or the opposite subsequent up.
Mike Perry vs. Michel Pereira
Whereas it won’t have been his finest or most full efficiency, Mike Perry was an excessive amount of for Mickey Gall to deal with nonetheless.
With Perry overtly admitting he’s on the lookout for a brand new camp and group to be part of, it’s laborious to get an correct learn on who may very well be out there as a subsequent opponent for ‘Platinum’.
Whereas a battle with Niko Value has lengthy been known as for on this collection each time Perry wins, a extra apt opponent for Perry at this second in time could be a matchup with fellow wildman Michel Pereira.
Takashi Sato vs. Daniel Rodriguez
Takashi Sato is probably not probably the most notable identify on an MMA followers thoughts relating to thrilling fighters, however the Japanese welterweight has proved his weight in gold relating to finishes.
With 13 finishes out of 16 profession victories, his 11th KO approaching Saturday evening, Sato is considerably of a darkish horse within the UFC’s 170 lbs division.
Now 2-1 since becoming a member of the UFC (his lone loss coming to the ever-improving Belal Muhammad), Sato ought to face one other thrilling fighter as a way to increase his notoriety in a deep division.
With Daniel Rodriguez making a powerful splash of his personal since just lately becoming a member of the UFC, pitting the 2 heavy hitters in opposition to each other would nearly definitely assure a fantastic battle.
Julian Erosa vs. Billy Quarantillo
Inflicting a giant upset in opposition to Sean Woodson, Julian Erosa showcased spectacular sturdiness and coronary heart earlier than sinking in a D’arce choke within the third spherical.
Erosa has flittered out and in of the UFC since 2015 and after his most up-to-date stint noticed him go 0-3, Erosa was solely re-signed to behave as a short-notice substitute fighter.
Now with a giant win to his identify, Erosa ought to be stored round within the UFC and with Billy Quarantillo coming off of a win over Spike Caryle, an Erosa – Quarantillo bout would make for thrilling viewing.
Khama Worthy vs. Lando Vannata
Securing his second stoppage win in fights he was thought-about the underdog, Khama Worthy is definitely making a reputation for himself at light-weight.
Snatching up a deep guillotine choke in opposition to Luis Pena, Worthy is on the up in a deep division and appears to be a severe stoppage risk wherever the battle goes.
As for his subsequent opponent, a battle with ‘Groovy’ Lando Vannata would offer an all-action show and take a look at each males’s mettle within the stand-up division.