Playing matchmaker after UFC 228

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UFC 228 took place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on September 8th 2018. The card was originally slated to be a double title fight event. Until one day before the fight when Nicco Montano was rushed to the hospital and her title fight with Valentina Shevchenko was scrapped. In the main event welterweight champion Tyron Woodley was able to hold onto his belt submitting Darren Till in the second round.

Aljamain Sterling vs Jimmie Rivera

Aljamain Sterling came away with a impressive submission win against Cody Stamann witch makes him 2-0 in his past two fights. After his fight he called for the winner of the Dodson vs Rivera fight that happened moments later. Along with a call out of one Dominick Cruz. Jimmie Rivera won his match against John Dodson and seeing how there are a couple other fighters in front of him for a title shot, it would make sense for him to fight Sterling in the meantime.

Tatiana Suarez vs Tecia Torres 

Tatiana Suarez also looked great in her unanimous decision win against Carla Esparza. She made herself look like a female version of Khabib, absolutely dominating on the ground. Torres just lost a number one contender fight to Joanna Jerdrzejczyk, who seems to be the candidate to go up to 125 and challenge Shevchenko for the title there. With Joanna out of the picture, without getting the title shot Torres would be the closest step toward a title shot she can have.

Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Chad Mendes 

Zabit looked incredible this past weekend when he submitted Brandon "killa b" Davis. Showing his grappling talent on top of his striking. After his fight he was quick to take a jab a Yair Rodriguez, while also making a call out to Chad Mendes. Mendes who just came back and defeated Myles Jury back in July after a long three year layoff. Chad has always been known as a great wrestler and this will be a great challenge for Zabit who has shown this past fight that he is very comfortable on the ground as well.

Jessica Andrade vs Rose Namajunas 

Andrade shocked the world when she knocked Karolina Kowalkiewicz out cold this past weekend. Many like myself figured that Karolina's pace would be too much for Andrade, and that Jessica would fade early. It only took her 3 minutes to prove everyone wrong. With this win she called out the champion Rose Namajunas who has not fought since she defeated Joanna Jerdrzejczyk twice in a row.

Darren Till vs Isreal Adesanya 

Darren till suffered a submission loss to the welterweight champion Tyron Woodley this past weekend. He is a young fighter who struggles to make it to 170 pounds. Pride may hold him back from going to middleweight just yet, as he may feel like he has unfinished business at welterweight. Although the smartest thing to do would be to go to middleweight and have a super fight of young talent. Adesanya looks to be a unstoppable force, the same as Till looked in his tenure at welterweight. Till has already said he does not feel he deserves to challenge for the belt at middleweight even though he just found for it at welterweight. If he chooses to stay at welterweight its easy to see his next fight being either Covington or Usman depending on who will be challenging for the title next.

Tyron Woodley vs Colby Covington 

Covington vs Woodley is a match up that everyone has been itching to see since it was announced earlier this year. With Covington having to get surgery and being out of this fight Till stepped in and took his place, but now that he is healthy it would only make sense that we see the match up we wanted to see all along. Tyron is known for bringing "race" into the conversation and Covington is known for being a very outspoken Trump supporter. From the outside looking in this fight seems almost obvious to make. The only other option on the table right now for Woodley would be Kamaru Usman and that is only because he was an alternate for the Till fight.

Written By: Michael Lynch

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