UFC 280 took place yesterday (Saturday October 22, 2022) inside the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi UAE, with an exciting main event that saw Islam Makhachev submit Charles Oliveira to claim the vacant lightweight title (highlights). In the co-main event, Aljamain Sterling stopped TJ Dillashaw via strikes to retain his bantamweight strap (review here).
Winner: Islam Makhachev
Who he should face next: Alexander Volkanovski
It looks like Makhachev’s first title defense will come against Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski as ‘The Great’ entered the Octagon after the gauntlet was dropped by Team Khabib. While that’s not good news for Beneil Dariush, who should rightfully get the next crack, it’s the most marketable fight right now, especially if he headlines UFC 284 at the moment. interior of the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia, Volkanovski’s home country. It’s an intriguing matchup all around as Volk is the best pound for pound in MMA right now, while Makhachev now sits atop the 155-pound weight class after such a dominating performance. If Islam knocked out Volkanovski, it would put him directly at number one on the pound-for-pound list. For Vokanovski, this is his chance to become the next UFC “champion-champion”.
Winner: Aljamain Sterling
Who he should face next: Sean O’Malley… or Henry Cejudo?
Sterling extended his winning streak to eight after disposing of TJ Dillashaw to earn his second consecutive title defense. While the logical step is to give Merab Dvalishvilli the next title shot, that won’t happen as he and Sterling are friends and sparring partners. Marlon Vera is also in for a hit, as he has won four straight, but UFC president Dana White says the winner of O’Malley over Yan will get the next title. And since “Suga” upset Yan, all that’s left for White to do is keep his promise. Of course, the outspoken UFC president said he wouldn’t mind a fight between Sterling and Henry Cejudo, so these days you never know.
Winner: Sean O’Malley
Who should he fight next: Title shot?
As I just mentioned, O’Malley apparently fought his way to a title shot after edging out Yan, but I’m sure he’ll be on the alert – as we all will be in the months to come. come – to see if White will keep his promise. . After all, many are crying foul and saying Yan should have been given the nod, so it’s unclear if that will weigh on White’s mind when he makes that decision. And judging by these comments, it certainly appears to be the case, or White is just trolling the media.
Winner: Beneil Dariush
Who he should fight next: Let’s wait and see…
I’m all for champion vs. champion fights, but the only downside is that it forces the real No. 1 contender in a certain division – in this case, it’s Dariush – to sit on the bench to wait and see how everything goes. Dariush won his eighth straight fight after defeating Mateusz Gamrot by unanimous decision, which is more than enough to earn him a shot against Makhachev. But since Volkanovski will likely have the first chance to dethrone the new champion, Dariush will either have to fight again or wait until mid-2023 to challenge for the bracelet.
Winner: Manon Fiorot
Who she should face next: Alexa Grasso
Manon Fiorot picked up the biggest win of her UFC career by defeating No. 1 ranked Katlyn Chookagian by unanimous decision, improving her winning streak to 10 in a row, five inside the Octagon. For my money, I think the fight that makes sense is between Fiorot and Grasso, who recently won her fourth straight match beating Vivian Araujo just over a week ago. Grasso is ranked No. 5 while Fiorot will move up a few pegs from the No. 7 spot after his last conquest. The winner of this fight should get the next crack in Valentina Shevchenko.
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