UFC Vancouver Review and Matchmaker
Here is my review of the UFC on ESPN+ 16 card that took place on September 14, 2019 in Vancouver, BC. We also play matchmaker to try and see who could be fighting who in their next bouts.
Justin Gaethje: Another great performance by Gaethje who finishes a third opponent in a row in the first round. He looked faster than Cowboy on the feet and touched him more frequently than he did. He is now due for a big fight in the Lightweight division. I would not be mad if he waited around for the winner of an eventual Khabib vs Tony fight. However, everybody wants to see a Justin Gaethje vs Conor McGregor fight. He is the ideal opponent for Conor’s return and the winner would absolutely be in line for a title shot. And there’s absolutely no way this fight disappoints… Like every Justin Gaethje.
Donald Cerrone: Last week, I said that I wanted to see the loser of Gaethje vs Cerrone fight Paul Felder. It’s another fight against a friend for Cowboy but it would also be another epic clash.
Glover Teixeira: How have Glover Teixeira and Shogun Rua never fought? Let’s change that!
Tristan Connelly: The Canadian clearly won the night when he defeated scary Michel Pereira on 5 days notice one weight class up. He even won 100k in bonuses since Pereira missed weight and couldn’t win a bonus. They won the fight of the night. Connelly just didn’t care about Pereira’s high flying antics and completely gased the Brazilian out with his pressure in the second and third. The hometown hero just came to fight and won the hearts of many with that performance. He will almost surely be back at 155 for his next fight, so I would like to see him against other winner from the same card Austin Hubbard.
Michel Pereira: The Brazilian has a style that makes him look like a genius when he wins but also like a complete idiot when he looses. He definately looked like an idiot against Tristan Connelly on Saturday night. He not only missed weight, but he also gassed out after one round. I never understood why he’s not fighting at 185 where he has a great style for the division. His weight cut would probably be easier too and he would have more cardio (maybe). I would like to see him at 185 next against Julian Marquez.
Uriah Hall: I don’t have much to say about the Hall vs Carlos Jr fight except that I’m very happy with the decision. Yes, Carlos Jr controlled Hall a lot but he did not do nothing with his control, even from the back. Every time the feet was on the feet, Hall was almost killing Carlos Jr every time he touched him. I would like to see Hall against the loser of Jack Hermansson and Jared Cannonier at UFC Copenhagen.
Augusto Sakai: I think we may have a real good Heavyweight fighter in Sakai. I would like to see him fight the winner of Tuivasa vs Spivak at UFC 243 (ie Tai Tuivasa).
Other fights to book:
Nikita Krylov vs Luke Rockhold, Misha Cirkunov vs Loser of Corey Anderson vs Johnny Walker (UFC 244), Antonio Carlos Jr vs David Branch, Todd Duffee vs Winner of Hardy vs Danho (UFC Singapore), Marcin Tybura vs Winner of Pavlovich vs Greene (UFC Singapore), Chas Skelly vs Gavin Tucker, Louis Smolka vs Kyung Ho Kang, Miles Johns vs Hunter Azure, Jimmy Crute vs Da Un Jung, Jeff Hughes vs Loser of Tanner Boser vs Daniel Spitz (UFC Boston), Cole Smith vs Felipe Colares, Brad Katona vs Domingo Pilarte, Kyle Prepolec vs Te Edwards, Ryan MacDonald vs Anderson dos Santos, Jordan Griffin vs TJ Brown