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What’s Next for the Kyrgyzstan Assassin Rafael Fiziev ?

Rafael Fiziev rising Lightweight continues to rise as he a nasty punch combination against the respected Renato Moicano. Ending the fight in a first round finish. Shows how talented Rafael Fiziev is defeating Moicano,

Fiziev has UFC Lightweight Champion potential written all over him. We can see that in his next fight.

Whose next for the Kyrgyzstan assassin?

Fiziev called out Al Iaquinta on Twitter post fight against Moicano. Fighting on the same card as his Tiger Muay Thai teammate Petr Yan. Love this fight for Fiziev, Smart prizefighter business move to call out Al Iaquinta who has a name after lasting five rounds with Khabib.

 “it doesn’t matter who and where, I just want to stay busy next year.” “I’m not like a really top guy now. If you give me someone to kill, I’m ready to kill him.”

“I’m not like Figueiredo and I’m not like Superman. No. I just want to rest a little bit and then next year, maybe three months? Just give me three months and I’m ready again.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2020/12/13/ufc-256-rafael-fiziev-busy/

However it’s better to call out fighters, Create your own fights to make Dana White, Mick Maynard, Sean Shelby life a lot easier.

FIGHTS against Al Iaquinta, Gregor Gillespie who hasn’t fought since Kevin Lee knockout, Alexander Hernandez all make sense. Start 2021 right way against a top 15 opponent!!

Youseff Zalal vs Ilia Topuria What a Great Fight to Watch Tonight

Youssef Zalal vs Ilia Topuria is the first fight on the Main Card of Moraes vs Sandhagen. Zalal vs Topuria is a fight that’s truly flying on the radar but fans will be aware who these two are after the fight is over!!

Youssef Zalal

Youssef Zalal UFC STAR in the making is only 24 years old, Consistently improving fight by fight as he’s very similar to the way Dominick Cruz fought with his quick movement. When Zalal is scheduled to fight I’m always watching.

Zalal is Al Montoya’s protégé as Zalal trains at the underrated gym FactoryX Muay Thai with Anthony Smith, Brandon Royval, Devonte Smith, Ian Heinisch. Learning from all different type of fighters and styles. Zalal is the next great fighter to come out of FactoryX Muay Thai.

Ilia Topuria

Ilia Topuria #1 Georgian Prospect 8-0 record, Former Cage Warriors Bantamweight Champion. Successful wins in the Brave Combat Federation. Topuria is only 23 years old. One of the best European Featherweight prospects.

Prospects to Watch For Covington vs Woodley

Colby Covington vs Tyron Woodley is the fight UFC fans all been waiting for the last couple years. All of us will be impatiently waiting for this fight but the whole card is stacked with great fights.

From Rising stars like Johnny Walker to UFC Legends like Donald Cerrone to prospects like TJ Laramie.

Couple prospects to keep your eye on, They have a bright UFC future ahead of them.

TJ Laramie

TJ Laramie, Dana White Contender Series product is making his UFC debut tonight against MMA veteran Darrick Minner on the prelims.

TJ Laramie is the top Featherweight prospect from Canada. Michael Bisping saying TJ Laramie looks a lot like Cody Stamann.

He’s only 22 years old, A lot of room to grow and no better way to grow in the UFC.

Jerome Rivera

Jerome Rivera is another Dana White Contender Series alumni, 10-2 record looked really impressive in his win against Luis Rodriguez. Rivera will definitely be a problem in the Flyweight division.

Randy Costa

Randy Costa making his third UFC appearance, Last fight was against Boston Salmon in October of 2019. Been a long wait for Randy Costa. Now he can return with a impressive performance against Journey Newson.

Randy Costa trains at Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts, Coached by Joe Lauzon and Greg Rebello.

Ottaman Azaitar vs Lando Vannata

Ottaman Azaitar significant second UFC win over Khama Worthy who was on a two fight win streak of his own. First round finish over Worthy that even impressed Dana White. Taking advantage of the spotlight in the co- main event of Waterson vs Hill.

“You never know how it goes,” Azaitar told reporters, including MMA Junkie, following the win. “You prepare. You give your best in the preparation, and you have to be ready for every situation in the fight. Me, I go every fight for 15 minutes and try to put my best and put my whole efforts in these 15 minutes. But sometimes it comes like in this situation.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/09/ottman-azaitar-out-to-win-the-heart-of-the-people-ufc-fight-island

Ottaman definitely gave out his best performance in his win against Khama Worthy. Will look to have another impressive performance in his third fight in the UFC.

Dana White looking to schedule a fight for Azaitar in one of the events in Abu Dhabi.

Azaitar is one of the top 35-40 UFC Lightweights currently and will continue to rise through the UFC Lightweight rankings. One fight can definitely help him rise through the rankings.

Lando Vanatta

Lando Vanatta one talented UFC Lightweight, Remembered for his fight with Tony Ferguson that put him on the map. He’s a tough fighter and to me is the right match up for Ottaman Azaitar.

I don’t expect a first round knock out against Vanatta because he’s one of the toughest Lightweights going even though his record doesn’t show it.

Last fight for Lando Vannata was against Bobby Green on August 1st. Vannata vs Azaitar can be scheduled in December in Abu Dhabi.

Love for this fight to happen!!

Merab Dvalishvili vs Marlon Vera October 2020

Two top 15 underrated Bantamweights won their fights at UFC 252, Now I’m looking forward to Merab Dvalishvilli fighting Marlon Vera. Merab calling out Marlon Vera in his post fight interview with Joe Rogan.

Marlon Vera had the biggest win of his career by defeating UFC star Sean O ‘ Malley who we all predicted to win but Marlon Vera surprised us with a shocking upset. Taking advantage of the spotlight and the most of it last night.

Now we have an exciting top 15 Bantamweight match up between two talented Bantamweights Merab Dvalishvilli vs Marlon Vera. Scheduled fight in October on a UFC Fight Night Main Card.

Fight of the night potential, Close fight odds because of there latest wins at UFC 252.

Interesting fight to watch because of Marlon Vera’s quickness, See if Vera is a challenge to take down because of Merab’s wrestling talents. Does Marlon Vera what have it takes to compete with Merab’s five round cardio?

We will find the answers in the fall of 2020.

Beneil Dariush vs Paul Felder UFC 254

Beneil Dariush five five winning streak is one of the most underrated UFC winning streaks going. Last win was a impressive win against Scott Holtzman. Spinning back fist first round knock out. Should’ve been rewarded performance of the night but he missed weight.

However Dariush can be rewarded a fight against Paul Felder. Dariush well deserving a top ten fight, Fight against Paul Felder is a fight that can help him moving forward as Felder has a name from being a savage and a talented UFC commentator.

In this five fight winning streak has defeated Drew Dober who we found out now is no slouch at all and Drakkar Klose who always bring his best.

All though Dariush needs top ten UFC Lightweight and match up against Paul Felder to me personally is the PERFECT fight.

Dariush vs Felder can be a Main Card Fight on the UFC 254 PPV Khabib vs Gaethje. Help Dariush name go on notice on the biggest Pay Per View of 2020.

Defeating a savage like Paul Felder will catapult Dariush’s career moving forward with more recognition. However he rather stay silent and let his wins do the talking.

“The problem with recognition is that it comes with a lot of drama,” he said. “I like being under the radar. I like fighting high-level competition and being under the radar. I don’t need much (in terms of publicity and recognition). I just want to continue to work my way up to the title and become a champion.

https://www.ufc.com/news/healthy-beneil-dariush-firing-all-cylinders

I’ll do the talking for him and call out Paul Felder. Fans would love to see this fight happen and be a great match up for Dariush. Congratulations to Dariush finding success in the UFC, Congrats to Rafael Cordeiro and Kings MMA for improving Dariush game.

Rhys McKee Wins against Chimaev

Rhys Mckee Northern Ireland top prospect Cage Warriors Welterweight and former BAMMA Lightweight Champion signed with the UFC. Dream has become a reality, UFC debut is against Khamzat Chimaev. Grapple heavy fighter.

Khamzat Chimaev is the favorite in this fight as he dominated John Phillips in his UFC debut. Even though Chimaev is a talented wrestler I believe that Rhys Mckee will get the win on July 25th.

See a third round finish for Rhys Mckee by a numerous amount of punches. McKee nickname is the skeleton because of his skinny frame but don’t judge a book by it’s cover, He’s a Northern Ireland savage.

Last win was against Hakon Fross in Cage Warriors was a impressive performance, First round knock out but the fight before that against Perry Andre Goodwin. Three round spectacle where you seen no quit in the Skeletor. Really watched his heart and desire in that fight.

Fight was a grinder, Bloody fight but Rhys Mckee was mentally stronger to get the win.

Since Rhys Mckee has been in some wars, Title fights for the best feeder league promotion in Europe I believe Rhys Mckee shocks people and defeats Khamzat Chimaev.

Belal Muhammad vs Ponzinibbio September

Belal Muhammad riding high on a three fight winning streak, Latest win against Lyman Good in a three round war. Things are coming into fruition for Belal whose been fighting for the UFC since 2016.

Motivated and visions himself challenging for the title similar to Gilbert Burns whose on his own hot streak right after struggling for some time.

“Nowadays with ranked fighters they use some excuses because they want to hold on to their number. That’s their goal. I want to fight for the title one day and guys like Gilbert Burns, those are the guys who motivate me,” Muhammad said. “It’s all about momentum and it’s about the run you put together. You don’t need to have the longest winning streak to have a title shot, it is about being active and being ready to go anytime.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/belal-muhammad-finds-peace-octagon-ufc-fight-night-vegas-3

Being active and being ready to go anytime is a smart decision for rising Welterweight Belal Muhammad, Seeking tough match ups like Santiago Ponzinnibbio

“I think the next one should be Ponzinibbio,” Muhammad said. “He hasn’t fought in a while. He’s sitting there calling out Rafael dos Anjos whose lost four of his last five and he’s a (lightweight). I feel like me and him should be fighting.

https://www.bjpenn.com/mma-news/ufc/belal-muhammad-believes-ufc-rankings-need-to-be-abolished-calls-out-santiago-ponzinibbio-colby-covington/

Ask and you shall receive, Belal Muhammad that be the right fight for him and Santiago Ponzinnibbio. Smart business move for him, Calling out fighters instead of sitting on your hands waiting.

Ponzinnibbio vs Muhammad can be a main card fight on a September Fight Night, Main Card Slot for UFC 254.

Defeating a top Welterweight like Santiago Ponzinnibbio who before the injuries was on his way to challenging for the title will be a SIGNIFICANT win his Belal’s career moving forward.

Geoff Neal vs Michael Chiesa UFC 253

Geoff Neal #10 UFC Welterweight last fight was against Mike Perry at UFC 245. Long layoff for Geoff Neal that lead to Geoff Neal returning to his second as a server at the Texas Steakhouse.

Hungry to fight, Calling out top Welterweights such as Michael Chiesa.

“I really just want to fight Chiesa because he’s been ignoring me,” Neal told MMA Junkie. “Like, at first it was just I want to fight him just to fight him, but now I want to fight him because I feel like he’s being a (expletive). I want that Chiesa fight just off personal (expletive) because he’s acting like I’m invisible to him. I’ve been calling him out for (expletive) months. So, I want that fight. (Expletive) him.”

https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2020/7/2/21310874/geoff-neal-ufc-michael-chiesa-invisible-welterweight-woodley-mma-news

Fight and a win against Michael Chiesa will hopefully make Geoff Neal no longer need to be a server.

Impressive win nevertheless against Chiesa whose last win was against former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos.

My opinion Geoff Neal defeating Chiesa will rocket him, Discussed as a future UFC Welterweight Champion.

UFC 253 Cormier vs Miocic is happening August 15th, UFC needs to stack this card top to bottom as a favor for DC. Chiesa vs Neal featuring prelim fight at UFC 253, Main Card slot is the time slots that make sense for Geoff Neal to build up his future.

Looking forward to Geoff Neal’s next fight, Hopefully he fights Michael Chiesa this summer.

Roosevelt Roberts Fighter to Watch Blaydes vs Volkov

Roosevelt Roberts Dana White Contender Series alumni is 4-1 looking to make it 5-1 against UFC veteran Jim Miller. Without a doubt will be the toughest fight in his life but with a breakout performance will be a rising Lightweight prospect.

“I remember watching Jim Miller,” he said. “He’s been around for a while. He wasn’t one of the guys that I modeled my fighting after, but I’ve watched him fight. That dude’s tough and it’s going to be an amazing fight. I feel like me standing in that cage looking across from him, he’s gonna bring out the best in me and I’ve got to go out there and make it happen.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/roosevelt-roberts-planning-coming-out-party-ufc-fight-night-vegas-3

Jim Miller has seen it all since his days of WEC, Fighter IQ and having the experience will give himself the advantage against rising Lightweight Roosevelt Roberts.

However Roosevelt Roberts is fully confident of his abilities to go out there and be rewarded performance of the night.

“He’s human. He bleeds just like I bleed, he’ll go to sleep just like I’ll go to sleep, he’ll get knocked out just like I get knocked out,” Roberts told us. It’s not all about cage time, he suggested. “I don’t care how many times he’s been in there. I’ve been fighting my whole life. I haven’t been fighting MMA my whole life, but I’ve been fighting my whole life. So it don’t matter. He’s just human.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2020/06/19/ufc-espn-11-roosevelt-roberts-experience/

Opportunity right here for Roosevelt Roberts to build your name off a WEC fighter, UFC vet. Showing his talents from striking to grappling.

“I think my striking is better than his. I think I’m faster. Matter of fact, I know I’m faster. I can’t say really that my jiu-jitsu … he’s a black belt, I can’t disrespect the black belt he has. I wouldn’t do that. I definitely think I match up pretty well with Jim Miller.”

https://www.ocregister.com/2020/06/19/for-roosevelt-roberts-the-fight-continues-in-the-ufc/

Win over Jim Miller gives Roosevelt Roberts the opportunity to call out top 15 Lightweights and continue to make 2020 the best year of his life!!

UFC Underrated Fights to Schedule Post UFC 251 ?

Derrick Lewis vs Allistair Overeem

Since the Heavyweight Division is finally up and running with Miocic vs Cormier scheduled for UFC 252. Rest of the the Heavyweight division can follow.

Allistair Overeem last fight was defeating Walt Harris. In September at UFC 253 Khabib vs Gaethje in a main card fight against fan favorite “My Balls were hot” Derrick Lewis.

Last fight for Derrick Lewis was against Ilir Laftifi at 247. Time for Derrick Lewis to return and fight Allstair Overeem in a #3 Heavyweight contender fight. Waiting in line for a title shot.

Corey Anderson vs Glover Teixeira

Corey Anderson lost his last fight against Jan Blachowicz. Knocked out in the first round. Even though Corey lost he remains the #4 Light Heavyweight. Only 30 years old in the prime of his career will still have a promising career as a Light Heavyweight.

Only 40 years old Glover Teixeira coming off a spectacular dominant win over Anthony Smith is still a problem to the Light Heavyweight division.

Corey Anderson vs Glover Teixeira is a fight that makes sense for both sides. Corey defeats Glover will be the biggest win of his career while on the other hand if Glover wins than he shows everyone that age doesn’t make a difference.

Vicente Luque vs Geoff Neal

Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal are two rising welterweights, Both have potential to become Welterweight Champions. Luque coming off a dominant performance against Price while Neal’s last win was against Mike Perry.

Luque vs Neal would be a great fight to watch. Close fight to call.

Dober vs Islam Makhachev

Drew Dober three fight winning streak last win was against Alexander Hernandez. Dober ranked #15 Lightweight. Dober is Justin Gaethje’s training partner.

Dober can fight Khabib’s training partner Islam Makhachev who hasn’t fought since UFC 242. Makhachev is the next Khabib,

Storyline of training partners for the UFC 253 fighters would be a story to tell.

Dober vs Makhachev would be a great fight to watch, First fight on the UFC 253 Main Card.

Sodiq Yusuff vs Arnold Allen

Sodiq Yusuff Dana White Contender Series alumni is a future Featherweight Champion. Next UFC champion from Nigeria. Impressive win over Andre Fili back at UFC 246.

Another future UFC Featherweight Champion is Arnold Allen. Featherweight that I’m extremely high on. Arnold Allen 16-1 record wins over Gilbert Melendez, Nik Lentz, Makwan Amirkhani.

Arnold Allen defeats a high level opponent like Sodiq Yusuff watch out for Arnold Allen in 2020.

Cory Sandhagen vs John Dodson

Lost to Aljamain Sterling definitely sucked for Cory Sandhagen but he still has the potential to become a UFC Bantamweight Champion.

Sandhagen needs a bounce back win to build back his confidence and the perfect opponent is John Dodson.

Quick Return for Mariya Agapova fighting Shana Dobson

Mariya Agapova made easy work against Hannah Cifers. Called out Shana Dobson with her post fight interview with Paul Felder. Looking forward to her next fight if she gets scheduled to fight against Shana Dobson.

2020 will be the rise of Mariya Agapova as she becomes the next Joanna Jedrezjczyk. Two to three more fights for Mariya Agapova against Women’s Flyweights, Watching impressive performances in each bout.

Women’s Flyweight Division is scarce with talent at the moment but Mariya Agapova can bring some life to the division.

Merab Dvalishvilli vs Sean O’ Malley

Merab Dvalishvilli last night had his best performance against Gustavo Lopez. Broke his record for takedowns last night. Post fight with Paul Felder asked for Sean O’ Malley.

“Like I said, I have big respect [for] him, man. Of course, his last performance was great. He is a great fighter. Everybody knows about it. But, I believe myself. I’m a nice guy, I’m not talking sh*t. But I know what I can do. Like I said before, a long time ago, he can keep smoking, I will keep training. We’ll see. That’s how I believe. I stay healthy, eating, drinking healthy, and he is smoking. Keep smoking, brother! Keep smoking. One day, we’re gonna meet in the Octagon. Then we’ll see. [The] strong guy will win.”

https://www.essentiallysports.com/ufc-news-he-can-keep-smoking-merab-dvalishvili-calls-out-sean-omalley/

Dvalishvilli vs Sean O ‘ Malley is a interesting fight to watch on paper. Merab Dvalishvilli is a pitbull as we seen last night. Merab has some heavy hands, Hits like a truck and will be the toughest challenge to Sean O’ Malley.

Watch and see Sean O ‘ Malley face a pitbull for three rounds. Sean O ‘ Malley can see where he’s at defensively and fighters IQ wise. Competing with Merab’s cardio who claimed he wasn’t even tired after three rounds.

Merab will be the underdog against Sean O’ Malley but if Merab Dvalishvilli wins the fight against Sean O ‘ Malley that will do wonders for his career moving forward.

Definitely has the talent to shock the world, Give Sean O ‘ Malley his first loss.

Aleksa Camur UFC 252 Second Fight?

Stipe Miocic protege Aleksa Camur is a UFC Light Heavyweight Prospect. 1-0 with the UFC after defeating Justin Ledet. Last time Aleksa Camur fought was at UFC 246. Time for Aleksa Camur to return to the Octagon.

Next fight for Aleksa Camur can happen at UFC 252 Miocic vs Cormier August 15.

Aleksa Camur can fight on the UFC 252 prelims against a tough UFC Light Heavyweight veteran. Representing Strong Style Fight Team and Stipe Miocic.

Aleksa Camur is back to training hard, Helping his protege Stipe Miocic train for Daniel Cormier. Stipe highly praises Aleksa Camur work ethic, Talent that made Stipe call Dana White to sign him on the Dana White Contender Series.

“I look up to Stipe a lot,” said Camur. “I look to follow in his footsteps and become a world champion one day and leave a legacy similar to his. He’s helped guide me through a lot of things in my career. I couldn’t ask for a better teammate/friend. I’m very grateful for him.”

https://www.scriptype.com/2019/09/19/from-bbhhs-football-to-sparring-with-stipe-broadview-heights-mma-champions-athletic-career-is-on-the-rise/

One day we can see Aleksa Camur become a UFC Light Heavyweight Champion but we need to see several wins first, That continues at UFC 252.

POST UFC 250 Fights to Schedule 2020 & 2021

UFC 251 is stacked with Usman vs Burns, Yan vs Aldo and Volkanovski vs Holloway. However there’s dream matchups that await in 2020 and 2021. Headlining UFC Events.

Leon Edwards vs Colby Covington

Leon Edwards is getting screwed in all of this. Fight that was suppose to happen is fighting Tyron Woodley in London but coronavirus prevented it. Leon Edwards wants top five opponents only.

Perfect opponent to be truly tested is against Colby “Chaos” Covington the villain of the UFC. Leon Edwards can build his brand off of Colby. In addition to showing he’s a potential UFC Welterweight Champion.

Leon Edwards vs Colby Covington would be a fun five round fight to watch. Interesting to watch.

Dominick Reyes vs Jon Jones

Completely understand that Jon Jones is desiring that fight with Francis Ngannou but if that fight doesn’t happen…

Dominick Reyes vs Jon Jones should be next fight. I truly believe that Reyes won 3-2. Controversial fight and the controversial fight can end this fall.

Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa

Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa is the UFC Middleweight Title Fight that MUST happen now since Paulo Costa is healthy.

Costa will pressure Adesanya. Costa defeated Yoel Romero in a great fight that put Paulo Costa on notice.

Israel Adesanya is the next star of the UFC. Building his legacy by fighting the next Face of Brazil MMA Paulo Costa.

Shevchenko vs Zhang

Dream fight for the women’s division is Valentina Shevchenko vs Weill Zhang.

Valentina Shevchenko is gonna murder the Flyweight Division. After the murdering can fight Weili Zhang.

Two of the best female fighters on the planet. Shevchenko challenging for the UFC Strawweight Title.

Covington vs Masvidal

Masvidal not getting the fight with Usman. Since that fight isn’t happening. Next option is Covington vs Masvidal.

The build up of the fight will be absolutely hysterical, Addition to the fight itself.

Volkanovski vs Cejudo

One of the main reasons Henry Cejudo retired is pay. Talked about the low pay in his fights with Brendan Schaub that wasn’t on video.

The only fight that will make Cejudo return is challenging for the UFC Featherweight Title. Fighting Alexander Volkanovski. Set this fight up!!

Moraes vs Garbrandt

Cody Garbrandt looked like the Cody of old but the Cody of new with his cross training with Ricardo Almeida & Mark Henry.

Garbrandt vs Marlon Moraes is the next fight to make. Contender fight for the UFC Bantamweight Title. Next in line after Sterling.

Garbrandt vs TJ Dillashaw

I understand Cody Garbrandt lost twice to TJ but because of the rebirth in Cody I’d love see a trilogy fight with TJ Dillashaw.

Dillashaw returns in January. Give Dillashaw one fight than have him fight his rival Cody Garbrandt. Showing no love to each other

Ferguson vs McGregor

Tony Ferguson already training because he’s a different kind of human being. Called out McNuggets in the past and now it’s the time to have that fight.

Conor Mcgregor and Tony Ferguson #1 Contender Fight for the Lightweight Division.

Garbrandt Calls out Dillashaw Is That the Fight to Make?

Cody Garbrandt is back!! Looking better than ever knockout of the year against Raphael Assuncao in the co-main event UFC 250. Congratulations to him as he was on a three fight losing streak but now can start his journey back to the UFC Bantamweight Title.

I’m here to take the throne again. Whoever that is when my time comes for another title shot, I’ll be ready. I’m going to capitalize on it. I’m going to hold onto this title until it’s time to walk away from this sport.”

https://www.sportskeeda.com/amp/mma/news-cody-garbrandt-claims-back-reclaim-ufc-bantamweight-title?article-trending

Next fight… TJ Dillashaw?

In the post fight press conference talked about TJ Dillashaw cheating with EPO in the two title fights. Calling TJ Dillashaw out, Wants that fight as TJ Dillashaw returns in January.

Cody’s title fights with Dillashaw bought down on the mouthpiece, Went too war with his emotions but now mentally different. Cross training with striking coach genius Mark Henry and Ricardo Almeida helped him tremendously.

See a different Cody Garbrandt in the third fight against TJ Dillashaw. Third fight will be something to watch from the build up to the fight itself. Man what a fight this would be.

Rafael Dos Anjos Last Fight on His UFC Contract Fights Santiago Ponzinibbio

Rafael Dos Anjos ONE more fight in his UFC contract before becoming a free agent. Rafael Dos Anjos still a household name, Still wants to fight for the UFC and maybe challenge for the Welterweight title.

Next fight that can move Rafael Dos Anjos is the Welterweight Rankings is by fighting Santiago Ponzinbbio. Santiago Ponzinibbio hasn’t fought in a year and change but now FULLY healthy can fight.

Calling out Rafael Dos Anjos in his return to the Octagon.

“Man, Ponzinibbio is crazy,” he continued, referring to Ponzinibbio’s claim that RDA recently turned down the fight. “(The UFC) hasn’t said anything. This guy hasn’t fought in a year and a half. F*ck, I fought (four) times since his last fight. I have no problem fighting him, but, brother, no one told me anything. He throws some crazy stuff online, it’s hard to understand. But I have no problem fighting Ponzinibbio.

https://www.mmafighting.com/2020/6/2/21277331/last-fight-ufc-deal-rafael-dos-anjos-anthony-pettis-wonderboy-ponzinibbio

Santiago Ponzinbbio before the injuries was talked about as the dark horse of the UFC welterweight division, Return fight against Rafael Dos Anjos and a impressive win against Rafael Dos Anjos would rank him in the TOP TEN Welterweight Rankings.

Rafael Dos Anjos with a impressive win against Santiago Ponzinbbio would bounce back his career as he’s being used as a bridge for the upcoming Welterweights.

I hope this fight happens makes sense for both sides. Rafael Dos Anjos vs Santiago Ponzinbbio schedule it for “Fight Island” debut on the main card slot.

Drew Dober vs Gregor Gillespie Summer of 2020

Drew Dober last win was against Alexander Hernandez, Basically a coming out party for Dober who finally getting the recognition after fighting for the UFC since 2013. Now ranked #15 is on his way to challenging for the Lightweight title.

Next fight for Drew Dober is fighting Gregor Gillespie. Gillespie is #11, Gregor Gillespie last fight was against Kevin Lee back at UFC 244. Time for a return and I’d love to see him fight Drew Dober.

“I’d like to get in there, I’d like to get back in, but we’re not gonna rush it,” Gillespie said. “I’m not gonna wait as long as I did this time. I didn’t purposely wait [10 months], it’s just that the opportunity to fight a guy I wanted to fight wasn’t there, then this came along and it was the right opponent, so that’s why the time took so long. It’s going to be sooner than it was this time.”

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Gregor Gillespie in the past was talked about as one of Khabib’s toughest future opponent because he was a four time Division One- All American Wrestler at for Edinboro University. Winning a National Championship in 2007.

Gillespie will be a tough test for Drew Dober but Dober trains at Elevation Fight Team with Justin Gaethje. Gaethje will definitely help out Dober grappling defense as Gaethje was a Division One All-American at Northern Colorado in 2010.

Gregor Gillespie vs Justin Gaethje is definitely a fight to make this summer. No way in hell this fight won’t be exciting, Three rounds back and forth action.

Manel Kape vs Brendan Moreno Fight Island

Manel Kape was the Rizin Bantamweight Champion by defeating Kai Asakura, Takeya Mizugaki,Ian McCall signed with UFC which I’m happy for!! Manel Kape is moving down to Flyweight and is looking for top opponents.

“I don’t want to wait [too long]. I know that they won’t give me the champion of the UFC, but they will give some guy ranked No. 5 or No. 3, this is what I want. I want to fight with a big dog, I want to handle these guys, I want to show my skills that I can kill all of my division. Now I feel like I’m unstoppable, so this is what I want.”

https://www.mmafighting.com/2020/4/17/21223135/manel-kape-targeting-big-dog-for-ufc-debut-i-feel-like-im-a-champion

Fully capable of fighting top flyweights in the UFC because of his success in Rizin.

“I want a fight with the champion or someone that is top 5 in the rankings – after I can get [a title shot] 100%,” he said. “I can beat whatever fighter in the UFC in my division.”

https://www.flocombat.com/articles/6743215-manel-kape-new-flyweight-on-the-block

Ask and you shall receive Manel Kape. UFC debut against Brendan Moreno who has some hands for a Flyweight. Moreno last two wins was the most impressive, Jussier Formiga and Kai Kara France. Moreno is the #3 UFC Flyweight.

Brendan Moreno vs Manel Kape would be a fun fight to watch. Kape with a win over former LFA Flyweight Champion will rank him as the #1 contender.

Brad Riddell vs John Makdessi Fight Island

Brad Riddell 8-1 record trains at City Kickboxing with Israel Adesanya, Alexander Volkanovski, Kai Kara France, Dan Hooker. Learning from these champions and future champions will only make you get better.

Israel Adesanya speaks highly of Brad Riddell from training with him, Striking ability and being a striking coach at City Kickboxing.

Riddell has wins over Jamie Mullarkey and Magomed Mustafaev in the UFC. Showing he’s well equipped to fight for the UFC.

“I’m where I’m supposed to be. I’m supposed to be in the UFC and I’m supposed to be fighting the best fighters in the world. I’m going to chop my way up this tree to the top pretty quickly here,” Riddell said. “I will go out on my shield and I will fight until I can’t stand up, literally.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/brad-riddell-always-shows-up-auckland

Riddell at 28 years old in the next couple years can be a Lightweight contender, 2020 is the year for Brad Riddell to show the UFC fans who he is besides training at City Kickboxing. Significant wins by knockout because he’s an aggressive striker, Australian savage.

John Makdessi is a top 30 UFC Lightweight , Decently recognizable. Tough fighter to me is the perfect fight for Brad Riddell.

Israel Adesanya wants to fight at Fight Island, Bringing his whole City Kickboxing team with him. That will include Brad Riddell.

Riddell vs Makdessi can be a prelim fight will more eye balls on the tv because of the spectacle fight of Adesanya vs Costa.

Show the improvements in grappling, Fighter IQ besides the Muay Thai skills he has.

Excited for the 2020 season for Brad Riddell, Next fight can be on Fight Island in August!

UFC Fight Night Brendan Allen vs Trevin Giles

Rising Middleweight Prospect Brendan Allen 2-0 with UFC, Last fight was UFC ESPN +27 against Tom Breese. That event was in February. Time to return to the Octagon in July or late June fighting against Trevin Giles. ESPN + Event.

Brendan Allen first loss was to Trevin Giles back in Legacy 52. Brendan Allen now a top 20 Middleweight can revenge his loss to Trevin Giles.

Continuing to dig about the Giles match-up, Allen revealed that Giles did respond. “He said he’d fight me in Austin if the matchmakers wanted it. I would like to fight Trevin on that card or at International Fight Week. Hopefully I can get on one of these cards that I really want to be on.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2020/03/14/ufc-brendan-allen-says-hed-finish-giles-anders-hernandez-one-night/

Brendan Allen truly confident that he can destroy, Knocking out Trevin Giles. Brendan Allen revenging his loss to Trevin Giles on the main card of a UFC ESPN + event will gain his confidence, Taking back those bad memories when he was younger.

Trash talk back and forth at a press conference, Ariel Helwani, Luke Thomas, MMAJunkie Radio. Building up the fight, Doing the best they can to get viewers. The story of Brendan Allen desiring to get his revenge.

Brendan Allen with a impressive victory over Trevin Giles will only increase his profile, Fighting on a UFC PPV next, Discussed as a future UFC Middleweight Champion.

Brok Weaver Fighter to Watch Woodley vs Burns

Brok Weaver alumni of the Dana White Contender Series, Island Fights main attraction, Fought Joe Riggs in a Bare Knuckle Boxing Event is 1-0 with UFC and looking to be 2-0 with a win over Roosevelt Roberts alumni of the Dana White Contender Series.

Weaver vs Roberts has potential to be fight of the night. Brok Weaver is a SAVAGE, Watch his fight on the contender series against Devin Smyth, Island Fights.

Weaver has that DOG in him that will be unleashed against Roosevelt Roberts.

“In a way, this is my redemption fight,” Weaver told reporters during a virtual media day promoting the event. “You can’t help to read comments and stuff, but like you said, I didn’t get to show much, so this fight I’m coming with anger. I have to bring the dog this fight and show the world what I’m made of. Everybody might think I’m a fluke – have to show them I’m not.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/05/brok-weaver-looking-for-redemption-at-ufc-on-espn-9

Brok Weaver was disappointed in his last fight because of the illegal knee even though he won, Didn’t like the fluke win. He has MOWA Choctaw tribe to represent when he’s fighting. Give everything he has in the cage and tomorrow night will see the Brok Weaver who fought on the Dana White Contender Series.

Win over Roosevelt Roberts, 3-1 in the UFC, Rising Lightweight Prospect will be the best win in Weaver’s career that can inspire himself and the Native American youth who maybe want to become MMA fighters as well.

Sean Brady vs Randy Brown UFC Fight Night July

Sean Brady 2-0 with UFC, 12-0 overall. Sean Brady was the CFFC Welterweight Champion. When I heard the news that he signed with the UFC I was excited he signed but I doubt most MMA fans knew.

Brady has the potential to be a UFC Welterweight title contender in the future, Fight against Randy Brown will be the perfect fight for him.

Brady can defeat a top 25 UFC welterweight whose always difficult to fight. Brady in his MMA career has always been scheduled against tough fighters from fighting for the UFC or in Cage Fury Fighting Championship.

Wins over Ismail Naurdiev, Court McGee, Taj Abdul Hakim, Gilbert Urbina. Adding Randy Brown to his win column will be a significant win that can help Sean Brady be recognized.

“I think coming up in CFFC, the organization I was champion for before I get signed to the UFC, it’s just the way that they are,” he said. “There’s no easy fights. And the same thing on my part. When I turned pro and I knew I was going to pursue being a fighter as my career, I didn’t want any easy fights. I didn’t want to pad my record, I didn’t want to fight guys who weren’t on my level.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/sean-brady-has-no-interest-easy-fights

Sean Brady born and raised from the blue collar city of Philadelphia, He’s a work horse. A grinder, A Pitbull. Similar to the hometown hero Eddie Alvarez. Eddie Alvarez was a success fighting for UFC, UFC Lightweight Champion and maybe will see Sean Brady follow in Eddie Alvarez footsteps.

Sean Brady fighting Randy Brown will see a future welterweight contender, Brady vs Brown can be a prelim fight on a UFC ESPN + event or a main card fight on a ESPN + event.

Ricky Simon vs John Dodson ? UFC Summer

Ricky Simon lost to Urijah Faber in the first round. Mentally defeated but came back with no mullet against Ray Borg, Former UFC Flyweight Title Challenger. Looks gradually everything is coming together for the 27 year old Bantamweight.

“I definitely appreciate this win because Ray fought Demetrious Johnson for a world title,” said Simon. “And I’m not one of those guys who just wants to coast and get easy fights. All my fights have been tough fights and I’m constantly improving and I’m definitely sitting back and appreciating it, but this morning (last Friday), the first thing I did when I woke up was go on a four-mile run and I’m trying to figure out when I can get back to the gym.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/ricky-simon-unlocking-his-abilities

The hungry Ricky Simon training already after a three round fight definitely excited for his next fight in 2020, The right fight for him is John Dodson. Another UFC Flyweight Title Challenger he can face and defeat to move up the Bantamweight Rankings.

I belong at the top of the division. I’m 16-3 now. I have the experience, and he’s an ex-title challenger. That means a lot, too. I have the experience and I just proved that I have the talent, as well. … I just have something in me.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.essentiallysports.com/ufc-news-im-a-problem-ricky-simon-explains-why-bantamweight-division-needs-to-buckle-up/amp/

Ricky Simon believes he’s a top 15 Bantamweight, Fight against #13 John Dodson can place him as a top 15 Bantamweight.

Ricky Simon signed a 4 fight deal pre Ray Borg, In these four fights we can see Ricky Simon finish the deal being a Bantamweight contender, But a win over Dodson will help guide him to his dream!!

Darren Till vs Jarred Cannonier UFC July

Darren Till last fight was against Kelvin Gastelum. Impressive win but wasn’t enough to impress Israel Adesanya. Tells Darren Till to wait in line for his opportunity.

“So he has some work to do. If he f****d up Gastelum and smashed him out in the first round then we can talk, maybe. ‘I was impressed by the performance but pick a number, get in line.”

Till’s ability to keep Gastelum out of striking range impressed ’The Last Stylebender’, who added: “I liked the fight, I liked the distance control. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/sport/ufc/1201113/Israel-Adesanya-Darren-Till-Kelvin-Gastelum-UFC-244-UFC-News-And-Rumours/amp

Since Darren Till has to wait in line, He can fight a quiet Top Middleweight Jarred Cannonier. Jarred Cannonier on a three fight winning streak, Wins against Jack Hermansson, Anderson Silva and David Branch.

Move down to Middleweight was the best decision he’s made, Win over Darren Till will be the best win by far. Will build the brand, profile of Jarred Cannonier.

Darren Till vs Jarred Cannonier can be scheduled in a UFC Fight Night, Fly to Fight Island wherever that it is. Main Card slot fight that the fans will love and be hyped for.

The fight of Till vs Cannonier was supposed to happen at UFC 248 but Jarred Cannonier torn his pectoral muscle. Now healed the match can go on. Be a Middleweight contender, Option for Israel Adesanya to defend his title next after Paulo Costa.

Leon Edwards vs Wonderboy Thompson UFC July ?

Leon Edwards getting screwed in all of this. Woodley takes the fight with Gilbert Burns, Masvidal and Usman not happening now. Masvidal might fight Conor or Colby. Leon Edwards is stuck, Pretty much not fair for him and needs a fight!!

Next fight for Leon Edwards can be against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Wonderboy challenged Woodley for the UFC Welterweight Title, They were tough fights and Wonderboy is always a challenge.

Speaking to BT Sport, White said that Edwards will next fight on Fight Island and his next opponent will be someone ranked highly at 170lbs, though White isn’t sure who that will be just yet.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bjpenn.com/mma-news/ufc/leon-edwards-will-fight-next-on-fight-island-against-high-ranked-opponent-says-dana-white/%3famp

“(The) only reason I wanted to fight Woodley was because he was a former world champion and the Usman fight was taken away from me because of Masvidal, so anyone above me is the only option right now.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/05/leon-edwards-firm-next-fight-title-shot-or-number-1-contender-ufc/amp

Even though Wonderboy isn’t a top five Welterweight he’s still a great fighter who will beat most Welterweights. Looked great against Vicente Luque.

Rocky Edwards defeats Wonderboy. He’ll become a more popular fighter that casual fans will gain interest in, Looking forward to his upcoming fight in 2020.

Felder vs Oliveira UFC 251?

Paul Felder last fight was a classic five round war against Dan Hooker in December. Felder wants one more fight or maybe he wants to make a run for the title. Charles Oliveira making a run of his own, Seven fighting win streak by defeating Kevin Lee in the third round.

Charles Oliveira needs a fight and Paul Felder needs a fight, Schedule a bout for them at UFC 251. UFC 251 is scheduled for July 11th. Gives them both time to train, Get back into shape.

“I’m in an amazing phase. I feel like I just got brought into the UFC. I’m happy. I’m eager to win. Of course, I respect all my opponents. But I’ll keep moving forward. My friends and I always say, ‘The time for meowing is done, now it’s time to roar.’

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/03/ufc-on-espn-plus-28-charles-oliveira-streaks-into-kevin-lee-fight

Oliveira defeats talented UFC commentator, Top Ten Lightweight in the world will be another significant win for Charles Oliveira. Being a title contender with one more fight.

Paul Felder with a win over Charles Oliveira who beat Kevin Lee and on seven fight winning streak. Maybe with a knock out a dominant win Paul Felder will refuse to retire and challenge for the title. Imagine Felder vs Tony Ferguson.

“I can tell you that after all of this with what we’re going through, I cannot wait to fight again,” Felder said. “Dude, I’m on this bike. I had my manager, Brian Butler, send me all these photos. I texted him last night. I said, ‘Man, I’m a little depressed.’ I’m missing my job. I’m missing my guys. I’m missing my commentary. … We’re having a great time. Family time is great. But I just miss that fire.”

UFC 251 Felder vs Oliveira Main Card fight, Set it up Sean Shelby.

Dominick Reyes vs Jan Blachowicz Interim Light Heavyweight Title Fight

Top of the Light Heavyweight Division is caught up because of Jon Jones deciding to fight Francis Ngannou. Calling him out in twitter. Looking for bigger challenges.

Since we have no clue with Jon Jones is deciding to do time to schedule a fight Dominick Reyes vs Jan Blachowicz for the Interim Light Heavyweight title

Dominick Reyes gave everything he had against Jon Jones. Controversial loss but Dominick Reyes impressed the hell out of a lot of fans including myself. Three rounds pushing Jon Jones forward, Bet Jon Jones underestimated his talent.

30 years old in the prime of his fighting career will only get better as time goes on. Training at Cobra Kai, Coached by Joe Stevenson

Jan Blachowicz three fight winning streak, Knocking out Corey Anderson in the 1st round, Head Kick knock out over Luke Rockhold and split decision win over Jacare Souza. Jan deserves a title fight but because of the lack of popularity, Interest maybe Jon Jones didn’t desire the fight.

Dominick Reyes vs Jan Blachowicz UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Title Fight in the Summer of 2020 at Fight Island. No more confusion, Questions of Dom Reyes rematch or Jon Jones defends his title against Blachowicz.

“I think he’s a fantastic fighter,” Reyes said. “I think he’s one of the most technical guys in the division. I think he has some really good power. I think he’s just a technical beast and he has a lot of experience to where he’s wise with his technical ability. I’ve been wanting to fight Jan since I beat Jared Cannonier.

https://www.mmafighting.com/2020/4/25/21235231/dominick-reyes-intrigued-by-jan-blachowicz-matchup-future-of-light-heavyweight-division

KSW Soldic vs Bellator Koreshkov

Cross Promotions starting now with Bellator/Rizin. Kyoji Horiguchi defeating Darrion Caldwell, Tofiq Musaev defeating Patricio Pitbull. Bellator and the #1 European MMA Promotion KSW should start cross promotion events in 2020 or 2021. Bringing more eyes to the KSW promotion.

KSW has a stable of fighters who can beat UFC and Bellator fighters. Roberto Soldic KSW Welterweight Champion is a fighter hardcore fans recognize but not the general public.

Soldic fighting former Bellator Welterweight Champion Andrey Koreshkov has wins over Douglas Lima, Benson Henderson and Lyman Good.

Koreshkov can travel to Poland and challenge Roberto Soldic for the KSW Welterweight Title. Soldic vs Koreshkov can sell out an arena in Poland under 24 hours. Top MMA sites will be covering this KSW Welterweight Title fight. Positive Joe Rogan, Brendan Schaub, Chael Sonnen, Ariel Helwani will be talking about it.

KSW vs Bellaor Cross Promotion event with Roberto Soldic defending his title against Andrey Koreshkov be a exciting fight to watch.

Arnold Allen vs Sodiq Yusuff Summer at Fight Island

Arnold Allen #11 Featherweight was going to fight Josh Emmett but Emmett will fight Shane Burgos now. Arnold Allen is left in the dust as he’s a rising UFC Featherweight but I suggest he fights another rising Featherweight Super Sodiq Yusuff.

Sodiq Yusuff a success from the Dana White Contender Series. Impressive performance against Andre Fili, Team Alpha Male fighter. Yusuff needs a fight as well.

Arnold Allen vs Sodiq Yusuff bout of rising UFC Featherweights be a interesting fighter to watch. Scheduled in the summer at “Fight Island” as a featuring prelim or a Main Card slot fight.

Both fighters have the potential to become UFC Featherweight Champions. Definitely a fight to schedule and this fight will happen least one more time after 2020.