Paulo “The Eraser” Costa (13-2-0)
Despite all controversy caused and unprofessionalism shown by Costa which had many people asking for him to get cut from the UFC, Costa and of course the winner Marvin Vettori delivered on fight night. This probably saved his job, but what is next for him?
Dana has stated Costa’s next fight will be at 205lbs (light-heavyweight). In fact, Costa is already ranked #8 now on the UFC LHW rankings. A great possible matchup for him would be number #7 ranked Thiago Santos (22-9). Considering everyone else in the division above Santos is injured or potentially matched up, Santos might want to defend his rank to stay busy. Costa does usually take time between his fights so this fight would probably be scheduled for the middle of 2022.
Once again, Costa trying to call the shots did mention in his post-fight interviews that he still wants to fight at middleweight. Would Dana or the UFC be willing to risk this again? He does on some sites as he still hold the #6 rank in the UFC middleweight division. If so an interesting opponent looking for a big name match-up is everyone’s favorite psychopath Sean Strickland #8 (24-3). This will prove a lot for both fighters.
Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn (22-6-2) and Grant Dawson (17-1-1)
This fight went to a majority draw. Usually, anytime this happens they would be run it back especially as it was a good fight. It could work out for both fighters to move from the co-main event to main-event their own fight night in the future.
Joselyne “La Pantera” Edwards (10-4-0)
This Edwards’ second loss in a row, the most probably fight would be Shanna Young (7-4-0) who is also coming off 2 losses. This would be a high-stakes fight for both women as three losses in a row do not bode well for UFC fighters. This could very well be a fight for their place in the UFC.
Seungwoo “Sting” Choi (10-4-0)
Choi was winning the fight on the striking landing the cleaner and heavier shots in the stand-up, but Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres (19-12-0) sunk in a lightning-quick submission. Three possible matchups for Choi are Herbert Burns (11-3-0), Gavin Tucker (13-2-0), or a rematch with Julian Erosa (25-9-0). Burns and Tucker are both coming off losses of their own, but Erosa is coming off a victory since fighting Choi, with them being so close in the rankings this might be the time for a rematch.
Dwight “The Body Snatcher” Grant (11-4-0)
Grant has and many losses as he has won in the UFC, a name that jumps out is Abubakar Nurmagomedov (16-3-1), who lost his UFC debut but won his last fight.
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