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UFC Vegas 38: What’s Next For The Winners?

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Thiago “Marreta” Santos

In the main event, winner Thiago Santos defended his number five place against Johnny Walker. As of his current standing, it would seem that the best options would be Aleksandar Rakić, Anthony Smith, Jiri Prochazka, or Dominick Reyes.

Santos just fought and defeated a lower-ranked opponent so Reyes would be the last option. Rakić and Smith seem to have verbally agreed to fight each other in December, but nothing is official yet. This leaves Prochazka. This is the most favourable matchup for Santos as it gets him to the front of the line for the title, but also Prochazka has the perfect style of Santos. In Prochazka’s last fight against Reyes, Prochazka was a whirlwind of offense, always coming forward, but he did leave big holes in his defense and got caught a couple of times. If Santos can land one of his hammers in one of these gaps, he could take the match.

Prochazka is currently acting as the backup for the championship fight. He recently answered Santos, saying he was currently training for the champion Jan Blachowicz or title challenger Glover Teixeira. This could mean he is focused on his role as backup, or he will be fighting whoever the champion is after October 30th. If that is the case it would make sense for Santos to fight the loser of the championship match, unless there is an immediate rematch in which case Santos goes back to Prochazka.

Kevin Holland Vs Kyle Daukaus NC

This one is simple. The fight is going to be run back. Despite the controversy at the end, there are two things to take away from this fight. Daukaus’ striking looked great and he was landing the cleaner strikes. For Holland, his wrestling has improved significantly. Even compromised, Holland managed to scramble to his feet and put up great defense stopping two submission attempts before getting caught by the third.

Niko “The Hybrid” Price

As for Price, a couple of rematches makes sense. Considering his current standing, he is in good position to face either Michel “Demolidor” Pereira Lima or Alex Morono. Morono makes the most sense as both Price and Morono have fought recently, having their respective timelines aligned. They have an opponent in common in Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone who was ranked at the time Morono beat him. The Niko Price vs Alex Morono fight could be for a top 15 ranking.

Krzysztof Jotko

After beating someone ranked at light heavyweight, Jotko should get someone ranked in the top 15 at middleweight. Jamahal Hill is ranked number 15 and is coming off his first loss trying to move up the rankings, against Paul Craig. Now, it will be interesting how Hill deals with his first loss, and can he defend his ranking.

Alexander “The Great” Hernandez

Everyone in the striking distance above Hernandez is busy till the end of the year. A rematch against Thiago Moises is not interesting as despite Hernandez’s protesting, he did not win that fight and, maybe he does want to get this fight back. There is one opponent in my mind that makes sense. He could possibly fight against Guram Kutateladze. If all goes according to plan, Hernandez defends his spot then sees who he can fight further up the rankings. Otherwise, Kutateladze extends his winning streak to 10 and starts his ascent up the division.


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