The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the eight years in promotional history Saturday (June 3, 2017) using UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway. It turned out to be a solid night of scraps that found nine of 12 bouts ending within the space, and with the fights currently in our rear view, let us look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the opponents in the evening…
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Holloway dethroned Jose Aldo to become to brand new king at 145 pounds, and because of his first official name defense, I think that it would make most sense for him to carry on Frankie Edgar, as that’s a matchup fight fans have been trying to watch for a while now. The other potential candidate to get a title shot at Cub Swanson, but his last loss came at the hands of Holloway at a really decisive fashion. That is not a fight that peaks the interest of fight fans, as Holloway would be expected to be a huge favorite. The Edgar battle is one in so everybody wants to see it. I think this potential featherweight title would would be an excellent fit to main event UFC 216 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Rose Namajunas
Gadelha made short work of Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz, defeating her from rear-naked choke entry from the very first round of action. She enjoys a two-fight winning streak, and for her next excursion inside the Octagon, I want to watch her shoot on Namajunas at a title eliminator. Both fighters earned rapid victories in their most recent bouts, so I want to see them make a fast turnaround to co-main occasion August’s UFC Fight Night in Mexico City.
Brian Kelleher vs. Bryan Caraway
Kelleher earned a first-round guillotine-choke submission over veteran Iuri Alcantara in what had been a picture perfect promotional debut for its 30-year-old, who used his post-fight address to ask for a Top 10 ranked opponent for a fast turnaround on the coming Long Island card at July. I believe an opponent that makes sense is Caraway, who has not seen action as a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling just over a year ago. I think this is a pairing which makes sense for the two fighters and are a fantastic fit anyplace on the Long Island card.
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