Who’s Next? Playing Matchmaker with UFC Singapore Fighters
By Keith Shillan
So we have all done it after a certain fight. We have all made suggestions on who a certain fighter should fight next after a match. This article isn’t me looking into a crystal ball and predicting who the UFC will matchup up next, but it is me stating that if I was in control of the UFC matchmaking, I would match these fighters next. I will give my matchups for all the fighters of UFC Singapore
Holly Holm: Cat Zingano
The former UFC bantamweight champion was able to stop a three-fight skid after landing a perfectly timed high kick on Bethe Correia. The fight was a snoozer before the high kick. Holm used her stick and move from a distance style, where she was pretty much only landed her side kick to the midsection. Holm still needs to add a few quality wins before she gets a title shot. However, she is a household name after her knockout of Ronda Rousey and will be fast-tracked to a title shot. Holm needs somebody attacking her to be entertaining. Zingano is always pressing forward while having the wrestling skills to give Holm some trouble like Meisha Tate did.
Bethe Correia: Tonya Evinger (Bring in From Invicta)
I am actually really surprised that Correia has won 4 fights in the UFC. I don’t see Corria do anything well. Her two biggest moments in MMA she was knocked out cold (Rousey and Holm). She has won one fight in her last five contests (1-3-1). However, she has headlined cards before and can be used to promote other fights. I think it is time to bring in Tonya Evinger. Evinger is the Invicta bantamweight champion, currently ranked in our top 10, and on a 10 fight winning streak. She is a great wrestler, with an aggressive top game. At 36 years old, Evinger doesn’t have much time left to make a title run. Let the outspoken fighter get a chance at the big show.
Marcin Tybura: Winner of Travis Browne vs Oleksiy Oliynyk
Tybura picked up the biggest win of his career and has now won three straight fights in the UFC. However, I don’t think Tybura had a good showing. His opponent Andrei Arlovski is a shot fighter. His chin is gone, and we haven’t seen any ground game from him in a decade. I think the UFC was planning a coming out party, but he didn’t really show much. His standup wasn’t shown at all, and his gas tank almost failed him. The heavyweight division needs new blood, and perhaps Tybura can make some improvements and be a contender. Let him take on the winner of Travis Browne vs Oleksiy Oliynyk.
Andrei Arlovski: Retire or Be Released From the UFC
The former UFC heavyweight champion has lost five fights in a row. His chin is gone. His ground game has been non existent for a very long time. Time to hang it up.
Colby Covington: Loser of Robbie Lawler vs Donald Cerrone
There will be many people that won’t ever be a fan of Covington. His wrestling is swarming and suffocating. He turned a Judo black belt into a takedown dummy. Covington has top notch wrestling and is developing a powerful overhand right, and is explosive. Does that sound familar? UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley was very similar at the same age Covington is now. In a recent interview that Covington has done with me, he stated that he got the best of Woodley and former champion, Robbie Lawler. While many people will doubt his statement, let’s see if it is possible true. The winner of Robbie Lawler vs Donald Cerrone will be looking for either a title shot or a top 5. The loser of the contest will be on a two fight skid. Let them take on Covington and see if he is as good as he claims to be.
Dong Hyun Kim: Jake Ellenberger
Kim has been a stable of the UFC rankings for a very long time. However he has never beat the elite of the division. At 35 years old, Kim is on the back nine of his career. He will never be champion, but might have a little left in the gas tank to beat young up and comers. Why waste the talent of young fighters? I would match him up against fighters similar to him. Somehow in his ling UFC run, he has never faced off against Jake Ellenberger. Let the two long time veterans face off against each other.
Rafael dos Anjos: Carlos Condit
dos Anjos did not look special moving up to welterweight but I think Tarec Saffiedine does that to fighters. He has a special way of getting fighters to fight at his pedestrain pace. dos Anjos did look physicallly better. The former lightwegiht champion was once a top ranked pound for pound fighter. He is still good at pressing the pace, has great leg kicks, nice takedowns, and a fantastic BJJ game. If guys like Donald Cerrone and Jorge Masvidal can make a run at the welterweight title, a talent like dos Anjos could. He needs to face a clear cut top ten fighter. Carlos Condit doesn’t have a fight scheduled. Let’s match him up against dos Anjos. The winner of that matchup would be back in the title picture.
Tarec Saffiedine: Matt Brown
Saffiedine has talent, but unless he somehow gets more aggressive, he wont take out the top fighters in the division. Saffiedine is still only thirty years old, so he could still have one more chance. Match him up with a guy like Mike Brown that will bring the fight out of him.
Rest of Card:
- Jon Tuck: Desmond Green
- Takanori Gomi: Retire or Release From the UFC
- Walt Harris: Todd Duffee
- Cyril Asker: Chase Sherman
- Alex Caceres: Winner of Kurt Holobaugh vs Matt Bessett
- Rolando Dye: Loser of Kurt Holobaugh vs Matt Bessett
- Ulka Sasaki: Ryan Benoit
- Justin Scoggins: Geane Herrera
- Li Jiangling: Alex Morono
- Frank Camacho: Randy Brown
- Russell Doane: Jose Quinones
- Kwan Ho Kwak: Andre Soukhamthath
- Nakao Inoue: Deiveson Alcantara
- Carls Johnn de Tomas: Matt Schnell
- Lucie Pudilova: Winner of Aspen Ladd vs Jessice Eye
- Ji Yeon Kim: Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (Bring in From Invicta)