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UFC Vegas 33: Matchmaking for winners

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Sean Strickland put on a striking masterclass with his statement five-round domination of fellow contender Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 33. In what turned out to be a night full of upsets and surprises, Strickland showcased his talent in a one-sided main event.

Several other main card participants showcased their skills en route to victories. Cheyanne Buys, Jared Gooden, and Melsik Baghdasaryan each secured highlight finishes. Meanwhile, Jason Witt bested his opponent on the judge’s scorecards. Join us as we delve into future matchups for the UFC Vegas 33 main card winners.

UFC Vegas 33 Matchmaking

Sean Strickland

Strickland put the middleweight division on notice with his demolition of Hall over five rounds, setting a new UFC record for significant strikes in a middleweight bout.

After putting on a show in the main event of UFC Vegas 33, Strickland may soon be looking at the top five of the middleweight division with another victory over a fellow division contender. He will likely take Hall’s #8 spot in the middleweight rankings and will be eyeing up potential bouts against Marvin Vettori and Jack Hermansson.

Vettori will be searching for an opponent to rebound from his confidence-crushing defeat to middleweight king Israel Adesanya at UFC 262 and Strickland will be keen to meet the Italian in the center of the octagon and put a war on display for the fans.

While the American could also face another European in the form of Hermansson who carries more momentum under his wings following his victory over Edmen Shahbazyan.

Cheyanne Buys

In the co-main event, Cheyanne Buys let the world know that she had arrived in the UFC following her disappointing UFC debut. Buys entered the fight with a lot of expectation behind her to show exactly why she belonged in the world’s leading MMA organization, and she delivered, in less than a minute. A brisk head kick caught Gloria de Paula off-guard and lead to the downfall of the Brazilian who was left stunned before being finished through ground-and-pound.

Rescheduling a canceled fight between Buys and Kay Hansen which was scheduled to take place in March before the former had to withdraw would be sure to raise a few eyebrows in what would be a battle of the prospects.

Jared Gooden

On just four days’ notice, Jared Gooden bulldozed through Nikolas Stolze with a first-round TKO as the ‘Nite Train’ finally arrived in the UFC.

Up next for Gooden may well be fellow UFC Vegas 33 card winner Phil Rowe who secured a TKO victory over prospect Orion Cosce in the prelims. Both fighters will have a victory each inside the octagon, coming off TKO victories, and will have a similar return frame for when they will be back in action.

Melsik Baghdasaryan

In his UFC debut, Melsik Baghdasaryan put on display his kickboxing prowess with a head kick knockout of opponent Collin Anglin. ‘The Gun’ lived up to all the hype as he secured an impressive victory and a 50k performance of the night bonus to suit.

A potential fight against the experienced Gabriel Benitez would make sense as the next test for Baghdasryan, with Benitez looking to rebound from his recent loss to Billy Quarantillo.

Jason Witt 

Jason Witt survived a final round storm by Bryan Barbenera to secure a majority decision win in what was a back-and-forth war between the welterweights. Both fighters went close to securing stoppages over their opponent, however, it was Witt who edged out the first two rounds and walked away the winner in what proved to be the ‘fight of the night’.

A chance to avenge his UFC debut loss to Takashi Sato who like Witt is 2-2 in the UFC, could possibly be the next challenge for the 34-year-old.

What do you think should be next for the UFC Vegas 33 winners? Let us know in the comments below!


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Dion Williams is a Combat Sports writer for Overtime Heroics covering mainly UFC but also Bellator and Cage Warriors!