What UFC Immediate Rematches Are Deserved?


An immediate rematch is something that doesn’t happen unless the terms are just right. The temperature on these two bouts are just right to take out of the UFC matchmaking oven. Max Holloway lost to an unanimous decision to the Australian champion, Alexander Volkanovski. And from the most recent and highly controversial UFC 247, Dominick Reyes should be running it back with Jon Jones.

Both Holloway and Reyes lost via decisions in their championship fights. Max was the champ coming into UFC 245 Usman vs Covington, however, Volkanovski was the dominant fighter and clearly won the belt. Reyes started strong for three rounds but then fell off for the championship rounds. Many people had Dominick ultimately beating Jones in the fight, however, Jones showed enough to the judges later on to later retain his title. The win streaks for Holloway and Reyes were just too good to ignore, even after the crushing loss.

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The reign of former featherweight champion Max Holloway came to an unanimous end. In the co-main event, Holloway was dominated by Alexander Volkanovski. Despite this loss, Holloway won 13 consecutive fights, including twice vs Jose Aldo and Brian Ortega. After this impressive streak, he then lost the championship in a rematch with Dustin Poirier, who recently took an L against Khabib Nurmagomedov at a shot with the lightweight championship. Anyway, later last year in July, Max won the gold back with his bout with Frankie Edgar. The previous fighters he’s beaten and the numbers certainly back up Holloway in this potential rematch. 

During his time with the UFC, Holloway has displayed dominance as a featherweight champion. The bout ended in a decision, which only elevates the chances and matchmaking success of this fight. Just recently, UFC president Dana White has said the matchmaking oven is working on cooking this bout up. White gave a short answer, as he sounded sure that this was the right match to make. The bout has no date and time set up, however, experts predict that it will take place in a card this summer.

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Who most call the uncontested GOAT of the UFC, Jon “Bones” Jones retained his long-kept light heavyweight title. The belt was not an easy defense last time out, with Jones winning a controversial split decision that multiple disagreed with. Experts such as Joe Rogan and Dominick Cruz were two of the multiple to do so. Dana White, while conducting the post-show conference, said his decision included Reyes winning the fight as well. The scorecard drama boils down to the fact that this fight was extremely close. 

Reyes started the first three rounds with high pressure and intensity against Jones. Dominick showed the best version of himself throughout those rounds, in which he conveniently won. However, the final say-so of this fight was clearly the 4th and 5th rounds. Jones completed an enormous comeback that only had Reyes winning the strikes landed battle by five. Jon had successful takedowns against Reyes which he himself believes was a significant difference that made him stand out. 

Jon has expressed his interest in making the move up to the heavyweight division, however with the conclusion of UFC 247, there may be unfinished business. The UFC matchmaking should jump on this one, as Reyes is clearly a future champion in the UFC. Get Dominick fresh and back to training, and this belt could be all but retained next time out. 

These two potential bouts should happen this UFC year. This 2020 year could be the start of a new champion in Dominick Reyes or a new old version of Max Holloway. A Hawaiian fan-favorite and the Devastator should get the next two immediate rematches in the game.

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