UFC Vegas 29 brought us all the action we wished for, with three knockouts and three more battles going the distance. The Korean Zombie and Dan Ige traded shots for five rounds, with Chan Sung Jung victorious via unanimous decision. A brutal war between Marlon Vera and Davey Grant earned Fight of the Night, and Matt Brown earned his 16th win in the promotion. It’s time to see what could be in store next for the UFC Vegas 29 main card winners.
UFC Vegas 29 Main Card Recap and Matchmaking
UFC Vegas 29 Main Event: Chan Sung Jung Def. Dan Ige via Unanimous Decision
Zombie returned to winning ways by outclassing Ige over five rounds at UFC Vegas 29. The pair traded several shots on the feet, but Zombie controlled the ground game which made the fight his. In his post-fight conference, Zombie had a particular person on his mind for his next opponent. He stated “Max, he doesn’t have punching power, but I have punching power. I can beat him.”
Now, the question is whether Max Holloway will be available due to him scheduled to face Yair Rodriguez. The pair were meant to face each other on July 17th, but Holloway pulled out of the bout due to injury. The bout is meant to be re-scheduled, so Zombie may have to look somewhere else.
Realistically, he shouldn’t be up next for the title, with him losing to Brian Ortega before beating Ige. Alexander Volkanovski and Ortega will be facing each other for the featherweight title, which leaves all the fighters ranked above him unavailable. This leaves us with a couple of options if he wants to stay active, with Zombie potentially near the end of his career.
Calvin Kattar is ranked one place below Zombie, with him most recently being outclassed by Holloway. If we were going to see one hell of a contest though, these two have all the makings to be a classic. Other names such as Josh Emmett and Arnold Allen have become forces in the featherweight division and if those two don’t face each other, they could certainly be an option for Jung.
UFC Vegas 29 Co-Main Event: Sergey Spivak Def. Aleksei Oleinik via Unanimous Decision
Sergey Spivak has earned himself a ranked position in the heavyweight division. He edged out the victory in a close contest with MMA veteran Aleksei Oleinik, winning via unanimous decision at UFC Vegas 29. Spivak will become 15th ranked, with plenty of options for the Moldovan.
The 26-year-old is on a three-fight win-streak in the promotion, with him targeting the names who are ranked in front of him. A battle with another young prospect Tom Aspinall would be one we would all love to see. Both display big knockout power and can also work on the ground. Aspinall is ranked 13th currently in the heavyweight division.
Ahead of him, we have a few other options Spivak could take advantage of. The likes of Walt Harris, Blagoy Ivanov, and Augusto Sakai are all coming off losses, and Spivak will want to try and get them out of the way in his quest towards the title. Chris Daukaus is also on a three-fight win streak, with his last victory coming over Oleinik. Daukaus against Spivak has the potential to be a brutal affair.
UFC Vegas 29 Bantamweight Bout: Marlon Vera Def. Davey Grant via Unanimous Decision
The plan for Vera now will be to work his way up the rankings after a strong performance in the UFC Vegas 29 Fight of the Night. He proved once again, his fights always bring quality and he’s someone the fans want to see.
In the post-fight conference, Vera stated, “I would like to fight with Cruz, it’s not like I’m dying for the fight, but I think it makes sense. But anybody in the top 10 to top five, I would love to fight. Since they gave me this rematch, I’d be willing to fight (Jose) Aldo next, but I don’t think he’ll do it. Before the fight last time, he declined a five-rounder, so I think he knew. But f**k it. I take the loss like a man, I get better, and I was able to do that today.”
Dominick Cruz is another name that certainly makes sense. It would be a stunning sight to watch these fighters stand and bang with each other, and five rounds would be even nicer. Vera deserves a higher-ranked opponent and it’s very likely the UFC would make this fight next.
Other options could potentially see the man sitting in 12th position, which is “El Terror” Jimmie Rivera, who’s coming off of a loss against Pedro Munhoz. A brilliant fight between Rivera and Munhoz earned them both a 50K Fight of the Night bonus. With Rivera and Vera both being in the UFC for a long time, it’s something that’s always pondered the minds but never come of anything. Soon, we could potentially see these two share the Octagon.
UFC Vegas 29 Featherweight Bout: Seung Woo Choi Def. Julian Erosa via TKO (Punches)
Seung Woo Choi has turned around his UFC career, with two defeats in his first two performances in the promotion, he’s now on a three-fight win-streak. A stunning left-hook was enough to knock Julian Erosa down and Choi finished it on the ground to earn a Performance of the Night bonus.
Choi showed his knockout power against Erosa, and now he will look to test himself even more. A name who springs to mind and holds a record of 9-1-1 is Joshua Culibao. The Australian put in a strong performance at UFC Vegas 27, beating Shayilan Nuerdanbieke after three rounds. He holds five knockouts, and it would be interesting to see these two stand up and see who comes out on top.
Another potential option could be Mike Trizano, who was victorious over L’udovit Klein back in May. If Choi was offered a ranked opponent, the most likely option could be Sodiq Yusuff, who’s coming off a loss against Allen. It’s safe to say, those two would be trading some powerful shots!
UFC Vegas 29 Middleweight Bout: Bruno Silva Def. Wellington Turman via KO (Punches)
Bruno Silva made it five in a row at UFC Vegas 29 when he made his long-awaited debut in the UFC after his 31-month hiatus. Silva was due to make his promotional debut in 2019 against Deron Winn, but after a failed drug test, he was suspended for two years.
He earned a stunning 17th KO/TKO victory on Saturday night, knocking out Wellington Turman cold. A perfect fight to follow that up for Silva would be against Joaquin Buckley. We could feast the eyes on the pair, to see who knocks who out first! Buckley has nine TKO/KO’s in his 12 victories, but he was recently defeated by Alessio Di Chirico.
Jacob Malkoun could be another potential option, with him being new to the promotion. After losing his promotional debut to Phil Hawes, he improved in his next bout, beating Abdul Razak Alhassan via unanimous decision.
UFC Vegas 29 Welterweight Bout: Matt Brown Def. Dhiego Lima via KO (Punch)
The man, the myth, the legend Matt Brown came away with his 16th win in the UFC, flattening Dhiego Lima in the second round of the opening fight on the UFC Vegas 29 main card. Brown is now 40 years of age, coming to the end of his amazing career, it would be wonderful to see him go out on a bang.
It’s looking like Brown is wanting to avenge one of his losses before he goes out, with him calling out several names in the post-fight conference. He stated “That’s what I would like next: Cowboy [Cerrone], Demian [Maia], and Robbie [Lawler],” Brown said. “Those are the ones. I’m not the guy who’s ‘I want a rematch I want a rematch,’ I had my 15 minutes and I didn’t get it done. I thought I won the Robbie fight personally but I didn’t get it done.”
Any of those matchups and we would be delighted to witness them. Robbie Lawler vs Brown was a five-round war, which was awarded Fight of the Night in 2014. Demian Maia submitted Brown and Donald Cerrone knocked him out with that glorious head-kick at UFC 206.
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