After every UFC event we here at Pro Fighting Fans love to play matchmaker. In this column we’ll tell you who we think the winners and losers of each fight should face next.  So check back with Pro Fighting Fans after each UFC event to see what we think the next step is.

 

Bec Rawlings (7-4)

Who she should face next: Aisling Daly (16-6)

Bec Rawlings was able to stay active and outpoint Seo Hee Ham on Sunday. It made it two straight wins for the Australian strawweight. She was visibly the slower fighter and it’s possible she may have been the recipient of good fortune in regards to the judge’s scores.

However, Rawlings still won a second fight in a row in a division that is still very low on talent. She’s had a rocky start so it’s hard to imagine she’ll be given a huge challenge next time out, the UFC will give her a winnable fight. Although Aisling Daly has a big experience advantage over Bec Rawlings, she’s 2-1 in the octagon and has stumbled at times. Three wins in a row for Rawlings would do wonders for her as she moves up in the rankings.

 

Steve Bosse (11-2)

Who he should face next: Tim Boetsch (18-10)

Steve Bosse made up for a disappointing performance in his UFC debut by starching James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 85. Bosse’s first fight lasted 29 seconds and the fight with Te Huna was only 52 seconds long. What this means is that it is still way too early to tell what kind of UFC fighter Steve Bosse will be. We know he has punching power and that’s it.

Tim Boetsch has been around a long time as both a middleweight and light heavyweight in the UFC. He’s fought some pretty big names and he’s not a pushover in any sense of the word. Putting Bosse up against a guy like Boetsch, who is nearing the of his career, would be a perfect way to see where the Canadian stands as of now.

 

Daniel Kelly (11-1)

Who he should face next: Elias Theodorou (11-1)

After his win at UFC Fight Night 85, Daniel Kelly said he’ll be taking some time off to coach Judo in the upcoming summer Olympics. At 38 years old it’s unlikely Kelly will make any sort of title run in the UFC, but if he wants that chance he needs to be willing to take on big challenges in the future.

His only loss was against Sam Alvey via TKO, he’s since won two straight fights. Kelly’s TUF: Nations cast mate Elias Theodorou holds an identical record and to make this potential matchup even more intriguing, Elias defeated Sheldon Westcott in the show’s finale, Westcott eliminated Kelly from the tournament. This would be a tough fight to call and entertaining to watch.

 

Jake Matthews (10-1)

Who he should face next: Magomed Mustafaev (13-1)

Jake Matthews showed all kinds of potential when he took out veteran Johnny Case by submission on Saturday night. Matthews is still very young and needs to keep developing if he wants to compete with top 15 UFC lightweights.

Magomed Mustafaev is a perfect 2-0 since joining the UFC with victories over Joe Proctor and Piotr Hallmann. He also holds a win over Abubakar Nurmagomedov, the younger brother of UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. Mustafaev is definitely capable of giving the 21 year old Matthews a solid challenge.

 

Neil Magny (18-4)

Who he should face next: Carlos Condit (30-9)

Neil Magny took all kinds of punishment in the first round of his fight with Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 85. Lombard wasn’t able to convince the ref to stop the fight so it continued. Magny made it out of the round and by the end of the 2nd he was the one trying to force a stoppage. When the third started it was obvious Magny was going to get the win it was just a matter of when. Finally referee Steve Percival stopped the fight early in the final round. He’s proven that he is a legitimate contender at 170lbs and Magny should be close to a title shot.

In the minds of a lot of UFC fans, Carlos Condit should be the current welterweight champion, but unfortunately he lost a close decision to Robbie Lawler at UFC 195. Condit could possibly get a rematch with Lawler, if that doesn’t happen he should fight Neil Magny in a title eliminator. The length of both men would make for a very interesting battle.

 

Mark Hunt (12-10-1)

Who he should face next: Josh Barnett (34-8)

Mark Hunt has now won two straight fights for the first time since 2013. His knockout of Frank Mir reminded us that he has the power to stop any heavyweight on the planet. Age is not on his side but as long as he wants to fight, the UFC will have opponents for him.

Josh Barnett currently finds himself in a spot very similar to the one Mark Hunt is in. They’re both nearing the end of their respective careers, yet they can still hang with the best the UFC has to offer. Hunt also said he’s interested in rematches and Barnett defeated the New Zealander 10 years ago under the Pride banner. The winner of this fight might have one last title push left in him, only time will tell.

 

Brent Haugh

Pro Fighting Fans Editor/Writer

Where: UFC Fight Night, Brisbane, Qld

When: SAT. MAR. 19, 2016 10PM/7PM ETPT

While the main event is Hunt vs. Mir, another fight to watch on the main card is between two ranked welterweight fighters. It will be the #13 ranked Hector Lombard vs. #9 ranked Neil Magny. Going by their records, Lombard has more experience and more wins, but Magny is the better ranked of the two. According to ufc.com, the fighter odds has Lombard at a +125, and Magny at a -145. So at least on their website, Magny is the predicted winner and favored outcome. Lombard’s last fight, which was against Joshua Burkman at UFC 182 ended in a no contest. Magny on the other hand got a win in his last fight against Kevin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night Magny vs Gastelum where it received the fight of the night award.

At only twenty-eight years old, Magny is a whole decade younger than Lombard, as well as being taller, and has a longer arm and leg reach. It’s a lot of advantages for Magny but will make a victory much harder for Lombard. According to their fighter profiles on ufc.com, Lombard’s fight history based on eight fights is 22% submissions, 35% striking, and 43% takedowns, while Magny’s history based on thirteen fights is 3% submissions, 40% striking, and 56% takedowns. Both men are good fighters and show that they’re both capable of earning a victory in the octagon, but in this case my pick of who will win is Magny. Whether or not it will happen, well only time will tell.

There are many ways to watch this great match-up, and a few are FS1, UFC Fight Pass, and participating bars. For more info from the UFC, check out ufc.com and click on the event. For more info on everything MMA, keep checking back with profightingfans.com

 

Ana Trent

Pro Fighting Fans Staff Writer

Pay-per-view is exactly that: paying a monetary fee to view a motion picture, or live entertainment. With the UFC running an average of three shows a month and at least one of them on Pay-per-view, the dollars spent adds up for the layman fight viewer. For the privileged that bought last Saturday’s UFC 157 event, they witnessed history in the making, as Ronda Rousey defended the newly minted women’s bantamweight title, Lyoto Machida got his #1 contendership back for a second time, and Urijah Faber made it clear he’s always going to be near the top of the heap at 135 pounds. However, on the preliminary side of the card, there was still plenty to oogle over for the monetarily challenged.

For instance, almost every fight on the lower half of the event had a similar theme to it: attrition. Nah-Shon Burrell, Neil Magny, Sam Stout, and Brendan Schaub all demonstrated that sometimes it takes a very workmanlike approach to fighting. All of their fights were seemingly clinch and grappling centric, and all were grinding. Conditioning was essential but so was will, and nowhere was it demonstrated more clearly than in those bouts.

Speaking of will, the heart displayed by both Dennis Bermudez and Matt Grice in their featherweight tilt is the key reason that fight is on the short list of fight of the year (so far). Both men were in bad positions, and both fought their way out of them. Whether it be Grice from escaping a mount in the first round and a barrage of strikes in the third, or Bermudez recovering from a near knockout in the first and second rounds, both fighters displayed what Dana White has affectionately referred to as “war.” Regardless of which fighter took the victory in the extremely close split decision, the UFC president said it best: there was no loser. Not Grice, not Bermudez, not the fanbase that caught the brawl before the pay-per-view they were too broke to pay for.

And then there were the feel good stories of the prelims. There was Kenny Robertson, the 29 year old woodshop teacher from Spring Bay, Illinois, who used creativity and ground prowess to submit his opponent, and earn his first UFC victory. Applying a move he created during his college wrestling career, Robertson grabbed Jardine’s foot while in the back mount, and hoisted it toward his opponents head. This created immense pressure on Jardine’s hamstring, necessitating a verbal submission. After sitting on the sidelines for seven months due to a hand injury, Robertson finally returned to the fight world with a W.

The other feel good story of the prelims was that of Ultimate Fight winner Michael Chiesa. While on the Ultimate Fighter, Chiesa’s father passed away. Despite the tragedy, Chiesa would stay on the show and go on to defeat Al Iaquinta in the finals by rear naked choke. In his first non-TUF bout, Chiesa overcame an uninspiring first round to submit Anton Kuivanen with his patented rear naked choke submission. After so many Ultimate Fighter winners with far more experience running dry in the UFC, it’s good to see an undefeated prospect deliver on his potential.

As for the main card? That cost money many people didn’t have the luxury of spending. The history being made was hard to ignore. A women’s title fight headlining a UFC fight card is tremendous progress for WMMA. However, from what the fans in the cheap seats saw, the undercard certainly had its fair share of appreciable efforts and visceral action, and sometimes that’s all we’ll really need on a Saturday evening.