UFC Vegas 63 took place last Saturday (October 29, 2022) in Las Vegas, Nevada, which saw the main event fight between Arnold Allen and Calvin Kattar come to an end after ‘The Boston Finisher’ suffered an unfortunate knee injury. (review here). In later action, Max Griffin edged out Tim Means by split decision in the co-main event.
Winner: Arnold Allen
Who he should face next: Josh Emmet
Current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will likely challenge Islam Makhachev for the lightweight title in early 2023, putting the 145-pound title — and its top contenders — on ice for a while. But it doesn’t have to be that way. As it stands, Allen and Josh Emmett are the two top fighters most deserving of pulling the strap. And you can also throw in Yair Rodriguez for good measure, but I’m going with Allen because he’s on a 12-game winning streak, and with Emmett because he’s won five in a row. Since both men’s last win came against Kattar, why not pit them against each other to see who gets a title fight?
Winner: Max Griffin
Who he should face next: Randy Brown
Griffin has won four of his last five fights after breaking away with a split decision win over Means. Next for “Pain,” a fight against Brown seems fitting as he has also been on a line for the past two years, winning four in a row and six of seven overall. The winner would make huge strides to earn a place in the leaderboard.
Winner: Waldo Cortes-Acosta
Who he should face next: Chase Sherman
Cortes-Acosta impressed in his UFC debut by defeating longtime veteran, Jared Vanderaa by unanimous decision, improving his record to 8-0, 1-0 UFC. “Salsa Boy” can expect a slow process to get bigger fights, so a fight against Sherman rings about right. ‘Vanilla Gorilla”s latest victory also came against Vanderaa, who has now lost five straight and is likely leaving the UFC ranks. Sherman’s win over Vanderaa broke his own four-fight skid, so it’s not like he turned it on either.
Winner: Tresean Gore
Who should he fight next: Marc-Andre Barriault
Gore earned his well-deserved first victory in the Octagon by submitting Josh Fremd with an impressive and painful guillotine. Now that Gore has his first win inside the Octagon — and a nice $50,000 post-fight bonus — his confidence is high for his next UFC fight, which is expected to be against Barriault. “Power Bar” has also struggled in his last three UFC fights, going 1-2, and is coming off a loss to Anthony Hernandez. It’s a great matchup for both men. one looking to make his way into the winner’s circle and the other hoping to stay there.
Winner: Khalil Routree Jr.
Who he should face next: Oezdemir Volcano
Rountree won his third in a row beating a very tough Dustin Jacoby, who suffered his first loss in the last nine fights. I understand that Oezdemir just suffered a loss to Nikita Krylov, but he’s still ranked #10, which is three spots ahead of #13 Jacoby. Also, Rountree isn’t even in the Top 15, so if he wants to get there by collecting his fourth straight by knocking out a former title contender would surely be what would put him over the edge.
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