UFC 229 results was a banner night for the UFC—until a victorious Khabib Nurmagomedov left the cage and incited a full-on donnybrook involving the fight camps.
This almost makes projecting future fights secondary, but that is exactly what we are here to do because there are still winners and losers who will need to come back for their next paychecks. Saturday’s event still had a full combat card with top-notch practitioners. The brawl after the principle event cannot change that.
So how do we examine the principle event with all the current questions who have arisen adopting the unfortunate post-fight fisticuffs? Exactly where does this leave Tony a2z Ferguson? Where did Derrick Lewis and Dominick Reyes put themselves after their huge wins in their respective divisions?
Those would be the questions we need to examine in the consequences of UFC 229. The particular ramifications for the nonsensical brawl will be arriving down the line, but let’s target what continued in the Octagon. Another combatants earned that much.
Listed here are the matches to make following UFC 229 in Las Vegas.
Primary Fights Quick Hits
- Ryan LaFlare compared to. Warlley Alves
- Tony Matn vs. Jordan Mein
- Nik Lentz def. Gray Maynard by TKO at one: 19 of the second round.
- Gray Maynard should be cut from the roster
- Nik Lentz versus. Gregor Gillespie
- Yana Kunitskaya def. Lina Lansberg by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
- Lina Lansberg versus. Tonya Evinger
- Yana Kunitskaya vs. Lucie Pudilova
- Scott Holtzman def. Alan Meat by KO at 3: 42 of the 3 rd round.
- Alan Patrick versus. Christos Giagos
- Scott Holtzman vs. Dong Hyun Kim
- Aspen Ladd def. Tonya Evinger by TKO at 3: 26 of the first round.
- Tonya Evinger vs. Lina Lansberg
- Aspen Ladd vs. Cat Zingano
- Vicente Luque def. Jalin Turner by KO at 3: 52 of the first round.
- Jalin Turner vs . Felipe Silva
- Vicente Luque vs. Demian Maia
- Jussier Formiga def. Sergio Pettis by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28).
- Sergio Pettis vs. loser of Paul Benavidez vs. Ray Borg (November 10)
- Jussier Formiga vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig
Michelle Waterson is almost always undersized inside the Octagon. A former atomweight champion has to fight true strawweights whenever out, but more often than not, the girl arrives on top—as the girl did at UFC 229.
Felice Herrig put with each other a quality run, but Waterson’s technique and velocity proved too much to handle.
Herrig should remain across the cage from Randa Markos next. The Canadian is coming off of a number draw performance, and she continues to be in the rankings. From the good test to see whether Herrig can right the ship, as well as a strong test for Markos.
Waterson is a tough ask. Her rating means pitting her against another top fighter. Karolina Kowalkiewicz, even coming off a loss, is apparently the right choice.
Kowalkiewicz was knocked clean out by Jessica Andrade, but the girl remains a top-five good quality opponent. Waterson earned that kind of fight with her win Saturday.
Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov
For practically the full 15 minutes, Alexander Volkov looked the better man. Then Derrick Lewis attached on one monster punch, which offered him the win.
Volkov’s performance should give him another marquee opponent regardless of the loss. The best name available without a fight booked is Alistair Overeem. The size of both makes for good optics, as both men stand tall and swing hard.
Lewis, on the other hand, put himself in position for a title chance.
The problem? The belt is on hiatus as Daniel Cormier awaits Brock Lesnar in 2019.
The evident choice is Stipe Miocic. But frankly, that fight should not be made. It might hurt the heavyweight title picture for 2019. One would have to lose, and the UFC needs at least two credible contenders.
The best man for the job is Junior dos Santos. It is a notable name with a style that is exquisite for a clash with Lewis.
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes
We have a fresh face at 205.
Dominick Reyes is simply what this division needs, and he finally got to put in 15-minutes of quality Octagon time. Ovince Saint Preux was a quality opponent to test his mettle, and he passed with flying colors.
OSP will still likely get a decent matchup for the division because of how shallow it is. A recognizable face also coming off a loss? Glover Teixeira. It is a quality matchup that puts the winner back into position for a top-five-level fight based on their past performances in the division.
No one quite knows what will happen to the light heavyweight title, but Cormier doesn’t look to be defending it. Reyes should not challenge for a vacant title, but he should be put in a bout that could be a title eliminator.
Jan Blachowicz is the right choice.
Blachowicz is in a similar position and riding a four-fight win streak. A meeting with Reyes would give the UFC a new title contender with an impressive resume for whomever the champion may be in 2019. Reyes has earned this level of fight and could become the face of the division.
Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis
What a fight. Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis gave fans 10 minutes of blood and guts. A broken hand stymied the contest, but the result saw the right man get his hand raised. It is still a fight fans would like to see a rematch of, but that should not be in the cards just yet.
Ferguson is a former interim champion who never got a chance to unify the belts and never lost it inside the cage. He deserves a title shot next, but more on that when we get to the main event.
Let’s focus on Pettis.
He will probably be out for a little because of his injury, but when he returns, he should still be put into a top-tier fight. He has the pedigree, the name and the performance to warrant such a fight.
Timing will play the biggest role in identifying his next opponent because we don’t know how long Pettis will be out of action. The best guess? How about James Vick?
He, too, is ranked. He, too, needs time off after his last fight (a one-punch KO loss to Justin Gaethje). It’s a rebound fight for both that would help fill out a card with a quality lightweight tilt. The winner could then take on a foe ranked in the top five.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor
This was such a simple fight to examine in conditions of what comes next. Conor McGregor fights Nate Diaz, and Khabib Nurmagomedov fights Ferguson. Done. Clean and simple.
But after the chaos that ensued at the finish of the fight, it’s not simple anymore.
McGregor vs . Diaz is still the fight to make. That trilogy needs to be finished, and it doesn’t matter whether Diaz wins or loses his upcoming fight against Dustin Poirier. The heat between McGregor and Nurmagomedov does put a massive rematch on the table. Nevertheless, given how the combat between the cage doorways played out, the UFC should pump the brake systems on booking it.
McGregor-Diaz III is the best option.
Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson is also still the fight to make for the champion. But how long will Nurmagomedov be suspended for?
It’s clear repercussions are coming. The fighter cannot leave the Octagon and start a melee in the group. Major punishments must be levied. The Nevada Fitness Commission will come down hard. Does that suggest he will be out there for a full yr? It will be possible.
If he will get a nine-month suspension or less, book the Ferguson fight. If it is more than a yr, the UFC needs to book Ferguson in an interim title tilt. This particular puts the McGregor rematch back on the desk for Nurmagomedov’s return before a title fight.
The mistake that marred his stellar performance muddies the waters of what to do next. But with the quantity of press his activities garnered, Nurmagomedov made his next fight a can’t-miss appeal.