Whats Next ? Fights to make after UFC 229

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UFC 229 took place at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 6th 2018. The show was headlined by lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor Mcgregor. With the co-main event being lightweight contenders, Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis. After the UFC 229 event concluded Khabib jumped the cage to attack one of McGregor’s teammates. This started a riot inside and outside of the cage as inside the cage two of Khabib’s teammates chose to attack Conor. With all of the drama from after the event it will surly make things interesting to see who will be fighting who next.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Dana White has gone on record saying that whatever punishment is given to him from the NSAC will be upheld by the UFC. This means that Khabib could be out of competition for the next 6 months to a year. If its six months i can see him keeping his belt and defending it sometime in March. If he is suspended for a year or more i can see Dana stripping Khabib of his title and in that case everything changes. So assuming he keeps his belt Khabib has three options with his next fight. He can give Conor McGregor an immediate rematch, or he could fight the winner of Nate Diaz vs Dustin Porier witch takes place in November. My opinion is that the UFC will try to set up Tony Ferguson and Khabib once again despite the many attempts and failures. Tony makes the most sense, being the number one contender and also fighting on the same card as Khabib previously fought on.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson

 

Conor McGregor

Following his submission loss, it appears Mr. McGregor will not be punished too terribly for his actions in the UFC 229 brawl. Already expressing his want to get back in there and compete, he is looking at a great deal of options as well. There is always the rematch with Khabib waiting for him if he wants. He could fight Tony Ferguson while Khabib is suspended. Yet in my eyes the most logical decision for the UFC would be to pair him up in a rematch with Jose Aldo at lightweight. As recently as his last fight, Aldo has been public saying that he would like to move up to the lightweight division. Although he lost he also looked extremely impressive in his last two fights against Max Holloway. On top of all of this he is one of the best strikers Mcgregor has ever fought, and in that fight he was knocked out in 6 seconds. Leaving him unable to showcase his striking ability and the fight ended just that quick.

Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo II

 

Anthony Pettis

Pettis was on the losing end of his co-main event fight. He was forced to stop the fight in between rounds because he broke his hand during the fight. It was a great fight, it even won fight of the night but nothing compares to the match-ups he could face next. The first two competitors that come to mind are , Al Iaquinta and Edson Barboza. The most logical pick or Pettis at this time in his career would be Edson. This would be a rematch from when Barboza won a decision over Pettis Back in 2016.

Anthony Pettis vs Edson Barboza II

 

Dominick Reyes

Reyes won himself an impressive decision win over OSP in the third to last fight of the night. He rocked OSP with 5 seconds to go in the fight witch OSP never got up after the punch. The Bell rang and he was helped to his stool. None the less it should have been considered a knock out win but i’m sure Reyes is fine just putting another win under his belt. After the fight Reyes called out number 3 ranked Jan Blachowicz. Jan previously defeted Jimi Manuwa and Nikita Krylov in impressive fashion. Overall the fight makes a lot of sense, with Gustafsson and Oezdemir in front of Jan in the rankings and Gustafsson more then likely getting the crack at the belt when it is defended that only leaves Jan or the winner of Smith vs Oezdemir next weekend.

Dominick Reyes vs Jan Blachowicz

 

Written By: Michael Lynch

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