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 a fun night of bits that saw half of 12 bouts end within the distance, and with that activity now in our rear view, let’s take a look at some potential matchups featuring some of the opponents from the evening…
Bethe Correia vs. Liz Carmouche
Correia suffered a third-round knockout against Holly Holm last weekend and will be seeking to go back to the win column her out time. I think that a matchup which makes sense for her next excursion inside the Octagon will be one against fellow former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Liz Carmouche. It could be a rare”winner versus failure” matchup in the branch, but it is a pairing I think makes a great deal of sense. I think this prospective women’s 135-pound competition are 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 bouts at UFC Fight Night 111, with Covington carrying 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 strong welterweight debut for dos Anjos, and I believe Covington would be a fantastic competitor for his next excursion, as both of them are looking to break into the Top 15 at 170 lbs. This potential welterweight competition would be a nice fit for the card to August’s UFC 215 at Seattle.
“Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim vs. Alan Jouban
This possible welterweight showdown has of creating fireworks that are great potential. It might also turn out to be a lackluster fight if Kim uses a grappling-heavy game program and finds success with it. I am not sure he will though, as I could see Jouban keeping the fight position. Jouban did show enhanced takedown defense in his final outing against Gunnar Nelson despite dropping via second-round guillotine-choke entry after being dropped with a punch to the brow. Kim is coming from a unanimous-decision reduction to Covington, also like Jouban, he will be looking to bounce back to the win column his second time out. I think this fight would be a solid match for the UFC Fight Night in Japan of September.
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