UFC 258: Fights to make

by | Feb 16, 2021 | Cards | 1 comment

The dust has actually settled on‘ UFC 258 – ‘USMAN VS BURNS’ and the ‘Nigerian Headache’ has as soon as again walked away as the indisputable welterweight champ.

And is there any possibility the UFC will require Kelvin Gastelum to sub in for Robert Whittaker or Paulo Costa?

To respond to those concerns– and a couple other things– I’ll be using the classic Silva/Shelby fight scheduling methodology from the UFC of years past. That means pitting winners versus winners, losers versus losers, and similarly tenured talent up against one another. Ideally, by following that design, a few of these bout ideas will actually make it off the page and into the Octagon. Now, let’s get to the fights!


Usman left absolutely nothing unpredictable after putting the hurt on Gilbert Burns in the Octagon– he desires a rematch with Jorge Masvidal, and he desires it ASAP.

All of which is to say, I think a Masvidal rematch is as excellent as anything. Not a battle I feel I have to see, but likely the one we get.


A squashing defeat for Burns in his first bid for UFC gold. He created a damned remarkable six-fight win-streak to reach the top of the mountain, and even looked like he was going to nab the belt from around Usman’s waist in round 1. Persistent execution was all on Usman’s side– and as soon as Burns started getting chose off by the jab, he could not find a way around it. It’s a tough setback for the 34- year-old, particularly in a department where one time title competitors have actually had to work very tough to stay in reach of a 2nd title shot.

It’s kinda regrettable that Usman appears so dead set on Jorge Masvidal, due to the fact that Masvidal vs. Burns appears like it ‘d be a great reservation. And if rumors are to be believed, the UFC is likewise dealing with Covington vs. Edwards. All that leaves Burns at a real scarcity for instant chances. Stephen Thompson and Michael Chiesa are both strong possibilities if the UFC wishes to go winner/loser here. However, I think the very best alternative would be Burns vs. the Covington/Edwards loser. If he does not wish to wait, however, then a fight against Michael Chiesa would likewise be a fantastic test to see if ‘Radical’ can make a title run.


A fantastic win for Grasso. Barber tried to bully her in the clinch repeatedly, however the Lobo Gym skill ensured that her technical advantages appeared on every level. Despite losing momentum late, she did more than enough to take over the bout and get the win. It was an excellent proving point for her physical skills, against a prospect who has actually made her name totally on her power and relentlessness. For Grasso not to get overwhelmed was a big plus.

Rather, though, Katlyn Chookagian made the surprising relocation of calling Grasso out after the fight. Grasso vs. Chookagian, simply because winning that would rise her into title contention instantly.


Not the prettiest win of Kelvin Gastelum’s profession, however Heinisch is the kind of opponent who will make his opposition fight an ugly battle for all of 15 minutes.

In truth, while Jared Cannonier isn’t coming off a win he’s been on a far better run of type than Gastelum lately. And all Heinisch truly proved is that Gastelum still has something for the middleweight elite. An opportunity to really go back into contention with a win over someone like Cannonier seems like it’s precisely where the previous TUF winner need to be looking. And for Cannonier, this is the ideal action back from Whittaker to see if he can reiterate his case as a top contender. Gastelum vs. Cannonier is a fantastic top-tier middleweight bout.


A controling performance from Simon. Kelleher constantly battled his escape of bad spots, however he never ever discovered a way to stop those bad spots from taking place all over again. Continuous takedowns from Simon, lots of pressure, and even a few shots traded at range. This win puts him on an excellent 3-victory streak, after dropping two battles back to back in2019 And it ought to set Simon up for another top ranked challenger. Somebody like Cody Stamann, Marlon Vera, and even a rematch with Merab Dvalishvili.

A fight with Raphael Assuncao would be terrific, however after he left of the Barcelos fight, that does not seem likely. Of those options, I’ll say Simon vs. Dvalishvili 2 is the very best of them. The Stamann battle would be a nice new match, but the first battle in between these high-energy wrestlers was an absolute thriller with a hell of a contraversial ending. Dvalishvili has searched in top form recently, lets see if Simon can pull another bunny out of his hat. Simon vs. Dvalishvili 2 would be another mad scramble-fest.


The ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’ wasn’t in control of much of this fight, but sometimes all it takes is one excellent swing of momentum. By round 3 both males were exhausted, but Marquez wouldn’t stop working for the surface– landing substantial right-hand man until he required a bad shot out of Pitolo that put the submission in movement. A fantastic originated from behind win to get his MMA career back on track after more than 2 years beyond the Octagon. The division is filled with chances regarding who he might combat next.

Of all those, I believe Punahele Soriano makes the a lot of sense right now. Julian Marquez vs. Punahele Soriano is a wonderful prospect vs. possibility fight.


A substantial upset win for Hernandez, particularly thinking about that he provided Vieira every chance to win their battle straight out of eviction. Hernandez battled off Vieira’s leading game and submission attacks well. And once he got to his feet again, it was clear that Vieira was tiring quickly. Hernandez put all the hands on him before securing the second round submission win. A massive triumph, and a badly required win after his difficult loss to Kevin Holland.

This might bump him up into the Karl Roberson or Alessio Di Chirico range, in the middle of the department. I’m not entirely sure that Hernandez couldn’t use some more time to show his abilities against other relative beginners. How about a fight versus previous LHW Dalcha Lungiambula? Another big, powerful MW with a hulking leading video game, however great deals of technical flaws to make the most of. Another opportunity for Hernandez to display his conditioning and scrappy-ness. Anthony Hernandez vs. Dalcha Lungiambula is a terrific chance to get Hernandez some more cage time.


Afterward he called out Li Jingliang, and I’m not even gon na pretend I have any problem with that fight. Muhammad vs. Jingliang is a great battle to make.


Polyana Viana vs. Loma Lookboonmee seems like an excellent way to give two experts a chance to keep advancing their games. If Lookboonmee isn’t offered, then Ashley Yoder would be a great test.

OTHER BOUTS: Maycee Barber vs. Ariane Lipski, Ian Heinisch vs. Tom Breese, Brian Kelleher vs. Luke Sanders, Maki Pitolo vs. Oskar Piechota, Rodolfo Vieira vs. Dusko Todorovic, Dhiego Lima vs. Lyman Good, Mallory Martin vs. Miranda Granger, Chris Gutierrez vs. Said Nurmagomedov, Andre Ewell vs. Montel Jackson, Gabriel Green vs. Sasha Palatnikov, Philip Rowe vs. Louis Cosce

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