Who should the UFC 260 losers on the main card fight next? With an incredible set of prelims, and a fantastic knockout by Francis Ngannou, UFC 260 may go down as one of the best cards of 2021. Here are my thoughts on what the future may hold for the five fighters who lost on the main card on Saturday.
UFC 260 Losers: Matchmaking
Jamie Mullarkey made quick work of Khama Worthy, as he got the TKO victory merely 46 seconds into the fight. Khama Worthy is now 2-2 in the UFC but coming off of two consecutive losses, meaning he will likely not get a high profile fight or anywhere close to it next. One name that jumped out to me as a possible next is Uros Medic. Medic had an ultra-impressive UFC debut at UFC 259, destroying Aalon Cruz.
However, the name that I’m picking for Khama Worthy to match up against next is Roosevelt Roberts. Roberts is an elite grappler with a 10-2 professional record but is coming off a no-contest and a loss in his previous two fights. Other possible matchups for Worthy include Jalin Turner, Jordan Leavitt, and Matt Frevola, among others.
Despite the questionable scoring of a 30-27 by two of the judges, Miranda Maverick certainly earned the victory over Gillian Robertson on Saturday. Robertson, who came in as the fifteenth-ranked flyweight, takes every fight that comes her way, making her a fan favorite. Now getting bumped from the rankings, it’s unlikely that Robertson will face a ranked opponent in her next fight.
The name that I’m picking as Robertson’s next opponent is Luana Carolina. Carolina, like Robertson, is a great grappler who is coming off of a loss. That fight would be almost sure to end in a submission.
Sean O’Malley got his knockout finish as he finished Thomas Almeida with a round-three knockout. Thomas Almeida is now coming off of four consecutive losses, and in the UFC, that may mean the end of his run. However, for the sake of the article, let’s say that Thomas Almeida gets another chance.
Ronnie Lawrence is 1-0 in the UFC and looked incredible in his first UFC fight, making that a possible future matchup. However, I think if Almeida ultimately gets another chance, it will likely be against another veteran like himself. Louis Smolka, who is 8-7 in the UFC, could be a possible matchup. The last name that will get thrown out is Rani Yahya. Yahya is another veteran who has incredible submissions skills, making that an intriguing possible fight.
As I’m writing this article, Dana White basically just stated that Tyron Woodley, who will soon turn 39, will not get another shot in the UFC. Could this be a classic Dana lie? Sure. However, let’s gauge what may be next for the former Welterweight Championship outside of the UFC.
Maybe I’m psychotic, but I would love to see Tyron Woodley fight Rory MacDonald, who is currently signed to the PFL. MacDonald had one of the greatest fights of all time back in the day against Robbie Lawler. Lawler ultimately lost his belt to Tyron Woodley, while MacDonald never got back in the UFC title picture. If Woodley wants to continue fighting, a matchup with MacDonald would be incredible to watch. It is also worth mentioning that MacDonald currently has a fight scheduled, but regardless, it may be a while before Woodley fights again.
Francis Ngannou avenged his loss against Stipe Miocic and conquered UFC Heavyweight gold on Saturday. Stipe Miocic, who is now 38 years old, does not have a clear next move. It’s entirely possible that Miocic could retire, with money in the bank, remembered as the greatest heavyweight of all time.
Miocic should, in theory, eventually be able to get a trilogy fight. However, Jon Jones is the money fight, and Dana White made it clear that Derrick Lewis may be next in line. Miocic may take time off, and when the heavyweight picture clears up, he eventually gets the trilogy. However, if Miocic still wants to fight and is ok with taking a non-title opportunity, it will likely be against Derrick Lewis, the number two ranked heavyweight. My best guess is that Miocic will not compete again in 2021, but his next fight will be for the heavyweight title, if he chooses to keep fighting.
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