Here are a few fights to make after Saturday nights UFC On FOX 21 action. By the way Joe, get ready because you are going to be a busy man for the next few weeks and months!
Demian Maia VS The Champ
Demian showed last night that he is ready to challenge for the Welterweight Championship. The Brazilian grappling wizard made quick work of Carlos Condit with a first round submission. No one ever does that to Condit, but last night Maia solidified himself as a top contender. He said after his win he would wait on Thompson vs Woodley and fight the winner. I agree with the logic that Maia should wait on his title fight, I mean hey it worked for Tyron Woodley!
Anthony Pettis VS Cub Swanson
“Showtime” was back in top form last night in his debut at Featherweight. He was fast, he looked powerful and several times he overcame adversity. These were key factors in Pettis handing Charles Oliveira a third round submission loss last night. This was a major crossroads in the former Lightweight champions career, he chose the right path. Cub Swanson is coming off of an impressive decision win three weeks ago over Tatsuya Kawajiri. With a win over Cub (#5 ranked Featherweight) Pettis will be in the mix for a title shot in his new weight class. A win for Cub would be huge at this point in one of the most stacked weight classes in the sport.
Paige VanZant VS Valerie Letourneau
Paige looked sharp in her comeback fight last night. She knocked out Bec Rawlings in the second round with a switch kick that looked like it was straight out of a 1990's Kung Fu flick. At the moment she is the 10th ranked strawweight, and Valerie is ranked #8. If Paige is going to continue to grow as a fighter and ascend up the rankings, she needs to progress slowly. Fighting another top 5 fighter like her fight against Thug Rose this past December would be a bad idea at this point. Paige is young and still blossoming as a fighter. Valerie is in desperate need of a win after dropping two fights in a row. This would be an exciting fight between two women that are trying to validate their claim as a top ten fighter.
Jim Miller vs Chad Laprise
After not making weight for his fight Chad Laprise went out and made up for it by destroying Thibault Gouti in a minute and a half. The always exciting Jim Miller won a close rematch against Joe Lauzon. Miller at this point is the main gate keeper in the Lightweight division. A win for Laprise would be big for the young Canadian's career and should get him ranked in the top 15. A win for Miller here would be a ticket to another featured prelim fight on FS1 or possibly a Fight Night Co-Main event slot.
Sam Alvey VS Tim Boetsch
Sam won last night with a big knockout over Kevin Casey. When I asked him who was next he simply said “No idea but I'm hoping for 204”. That would work for a fight against Boetsch who beat Josh Samman back in early July. UFC 204 is on October 8th, both fighters would have plenty of time for a full camp. Interesting fact, Sam's coach and training partner Dan Henderson is fighting in what is believed to be his final fight that night. Interestingly it is a Middleweight title fight against Michael Bisping, in England. It makes sense that “Smilin” Sam wants in on this card.
Comment below and let me know what fights you want to see, and check back next Sunday for Dear Joe Silva -Arlovski VS Barnett.
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