What a night of fights at UFC 239! Jon Jones retained his light-heavyweight title in a razor-thin tilt with Thiago Santos. Amanda Nunes solidified her spot as a top-5 MMA fighter of all-time with her technical knockout over Holly Holm. Jorge Masvidal flatlined Ben Askren in 5 seconds with a flying knee on the run to claim the fastest knockout in UFC history and Jan Blachowicz exposed a chinless Luke Rockhold once again with a vicious knockout. After a reckless and violent night, here is what next for our fighters that competed tonight, regardless of win or loss.
Jon Jones vs. Jan Blachowicz
This may not be the most entertaining fight ever but Blachowicz earned his shot after scoring a knockout over Luke Rockhold on the main card tonight. Thiago Santos may need recovery time with what appears to be a torn ACL. Francis Ngannou deserves the winner of the Daniel Cormier versus Stipe Miocic fight and Israel Adesanya will not fight until October. Blachowicz is the right choice.
Amanda Nunes vs. winner of Cris Cyborg/Felicia Spencer
There is not much left for Nunes as she has defeated everyone there is to defeat in women’s MMA. Cyborg and Spencer serve as the co-main event to UFC 240 in three weeks and fit the bill perfectly as Nunes’ next competition. Cat Zingano has been silent since her controversial loss to Megan Anderson back at UFC 232.
Holly Holm vs. Aspen Ladd
Ladd headlines UFC Sacramento next week against Germaine de Randamie but regardless of a win or loss, she should fight Holm next. de Randamie has already fought Holm and Holm has nowhere left to go other than to fight someone she has not yet in her career.
Jorge Masvidal vs. Tyron Woodley
Masvidal has said that he does not want to fight his teammate but this would guarantee him a title shot and keep the line moving at welterweight. Colby Covington is fighting Robbie Lawler on August 3rd and Rafael dos Anjos will fight Leon Edwards on July 20th. This is the fight to make.
Ben Askren vs. loser of dos Anjos/Edwards
It was a rough night for Askren as he will be on the epic losing side of Masvidal’s viral knockout of him. The loser of dos Anjos and Edwards would be a great fit or maybe Darren Till wants to come out of hiding and restart his run back up the welterweight division.
Luke Rockhold vs. loser of Volkan Ozedemir/Ilir Latifi
There are no easy fights for Rockhold’s terrible chin at light-heavyweight. You can give him anybody right now and I will lay down money on a knockout prop bet against him.
Michael Chiesa vs. Gunnar Nelson
Two grappling wizards? Yes, please. Chiesa dominated Diego Sanchez but should have claimed a finish. Nelson fights Thiago Alves in September but should be able to win that fight. This is as easy as matchmaking can get. Book it.
Arnold Allen vs. Dan Ige
Two featherweights that sit just outside the top 15 of the division. Allen has not had the most entertaining UFC run but he gets the job done. Ige could make this a fun scrap.
Marlon Vera vs. Song Yadong
These bantamweights bring the heat in their fights and a matchup between them has the potential to bring the crowd to their feet. Vera deserves a higher-ranked opponent but this fight is too fun to miss out on.
Tatiana Suarez vs. Claudia Gadelha
While Jessica Andrade defends the strawweight belt against Weili Zhang, a number one contender fight between these two makes perfect sense. Suarez could wait for the winner but it appears as though she prefers to remain active. This is the fight to make.
Edmen Shahbazyan vs. winner of Brunson/Heinisch
Shahbazyan is rapidly ascending the UFC middleweight ranks after winning his four fights in the promotion with three of them coming via finish. Heinisch and Brunson both sit in the top 10 of the middleweight division but the division needs a fresh place. Throw Shahbazyan into the mix while he is streaking.
Do you agree with these potential matches? What are the fights you want to see next for our UFC 239 competitors?
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