The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Singapore for the second time in promotional history last Saturday (June 17, 2017) using UFC Fight Night 111: Holm vs. Correia. It was an entertaining night of bits that found half of 12 bouts ending inside the distance, and with this activity now in our rear view, let’s look at some possible matchups featuring some of the competitors from the evening…
Bethe Correia vs. Liz Carmouche
Correia endured a third-round knockout against Holly Holm last weekend and will be looking to go back to the win column her next time out. I believe that 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 failure” matchup in the branch, but it’s a pairing I believe makes a lot of sense. I believe 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 own main card charms at UFC Fight Night 111, with Covington taking a unanimous-decision triumph over Dong Hyun Kim and dos Anjos making a nod nod against former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine. It was a solid welterweight introduction for dos Anjos, and I think Covington are a good opponent for his next outing, as both of them are seeking to break into the Top 15 in 170 lbs. This welterweight competition would be a wonderful fit for the preliminary card to August’s UFC 215 at Seattle.
“Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim vs. Alan Jouban
This welterweight showdown has of producing fireworks potential. It might also turn out to be a lackluster struggle if Kim employs a grappling-heavy game plan and finds success with it. I am not sure he will though, as I could watch Jouban maintaining the fight position. Jouban did show improved takedown defense in his last outing against Gunnar Nelson despite losing via second-round guillotine-choke submission after being dropped using 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 struggle would be a match for September’s UFC Fight Night in Japan.
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