The UFC made its promotional debut at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday February 11th, in a historic event that crowned a new UFC inaugural women's featherweight champion.
While there two last minute bouts scrapped from the event, and although there was only one finish out of the 10 fights on the PPV, the results of the event will have a huge impact on the rankings. Lets take a look at some possible match-ups for the new women's featherweight champion and the rest of the winners from UFC 208.
Germaine de Randamie vs Cris Cyborg
Although her win for the belt against Holm was very close and controversial, it was not a good enough fight to grant an immediate rematch. The real reason for this new 145 women's division is because of Cris Cyborg, who is considered one of the best female fighters of all time, and the only thing that she needs to validate those claims is a UFC championship.
Cyborg and de Randamie were rumoured to have a bout set in the past and with de Randamie announcing after her win that she needs time off for injuries to heal, it gives Cyborg time to figure out her USADA failed drug test. This is also a fight for de Randamie to prove herself as a world class champion and with a win over Cyborg, the alleged pound for pound best female fighter alive. It would cement herself as a true champion and possible star in the making.
Anderson Silva vs Luke Rockhold
Silva, although yet again it was controversial, got his first win since 2012 and although he didn't look impressive in his decision win, he is still considered one of the greatest of all time and a win is a win. At 41 years old, if he's not going to retire then the only fights to give him are the big time bouts.
The middleweight division is a little packed right now at the top, with Bisping injured and Romero announced as the next in line. A Rockhold fight would make a ton of sense as the next title eliminator bout with the winner getting the next shot, as well as it being an amazing fight stylistically.
Jacare Souza vs Winner of Bisping vs Romero.
Jacare has been passed on multiple times for a title shot and at this point, after making light work of his opponent early in the first round, Souza has done more then enough to earn a shot at the belt. Souza is the former Strikeforce champion and since making his UFC debut back in 2013 he has a record of 7-1, with his only loss being a very close split decision loss to Yoel Romero.
Souza is 37 years old and at this point in his career he should not take any fight unless its a title shot. Similarly to Demian Maia's situation at welterweight, Souza should wait on the sidelines for Bisping and Romero to finally fight and then get the winner of that fight for the belt.
Glover Teixeira vs Alexander Gustafson.
Although it wasn't the most impressive win, Teixeira did what he had to do to get back into the win column by winning a unanimous decision. The light heavyweight division is lacking a lot of top fighters at the moment and the only highly ranked fighter that would make sense for Teixeira is Alexander Gustafsson. That is a bout that will help figure out a next number one contender and with the winner of that fight being a fight away from another shot at the title.
Dustin Poirier vs Michael Chiesa.
Although this wasn't a finish for Poirier, it was the most exciting fight of the night and also got ‘The Diamond' back in the win column. Poirier has been in the UFC since 2011 and has always been known to be an exciting fighter, always looking for the finish. A bout against Michael Chiesa would be guaranteed excitement and with a lot of the top ranked lightweights already booked with fights, this would pin two guys looking to crack the top 5 of the division against each other and solidify a new contender for the 155 lb division.
Belal Muhammed vs Yancy Medeiros, Wilson Reis vs Henry Cejudo, Islam Makhachev vs Marcin Held, Rick Glenn vs Teruto Ishihara.
Let us know in the comments below who you would match-up with Saturday nights winners.
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