Matches to Make following UFC Fight Night 111
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Singapore for the second time in promotional history last Saturday (June 17, 2017) with UFC Fight Night 111: Holm vs. Correia. It was an entertaining night of scraps that saw six of 12 bouts end inside the distance, and with that action now in our rear view, let's take a look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the competitors from the evening...
Bethe Correia vs. Liz Carmouche
Correia suffered a third-round knockout against Holly Holm this past weekend and will be looking to return to the win column her next time out. I think a matchup that makes sense for her next outing inside the Octagon would be one against fellow former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Liz Carmouche. It would be a rare “winner versus loser” matchup in the division, but it is a pairing I believe makes a lot of sense. I think this potential women’s 135-pound contest would be a good fit for the main card to October’s UFC Fight Night in Brazil.
Colby Covington vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Covington and Dos Anjos were each successful in their main card bouts at UFC Fight Night 111, with Covington taking a unanimous-decision win over Dong Hyun Kim and dos Anjos earning a unanimous nod against former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine. It was a solid welterweight debut for dos Anjos, and I think Covington would be a good opponent for his next outing, as both of them are looking to break into the Top 15 at 170 pounds. This potential welterweight contest would be a nice fit for the preliminary card to August’s UFC 215 in Seattle.
”Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim vs. Alan Jouban
This possible welterweight showdown has potential of producing great fireworks. It could also turn out to be a lackluster fight if Kim employs a grappling-heavy game plan and finds success with it. I am not sure he will though, as I could see Jouban keeping the fight standing. Jouban did show improved takedown defense in his last outing against Gunnar Nelson despite losing via second-round guillotine-choke submission after being dropped with a punch to the forehead. Kim is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Covington, and like Jouban, he will be looking to bounce back into the win column his next time out. I think this fight would be a solid fit for September’s UFC Fight Night in Japan.