Even though UFC 170 was destroyed by multiple injuries, the card still delivered an entertaining night of fights. In the night’s main event Ronda Rousey TKO’d Sara McMann in just 66 seconds. The co-main event ended in a similar fashion with Daniel Cormier picking up a TKO over Patrick Cummins in under two minutes. What matches should be next for Rousey, Cormier, and the rest of UFC 170’s competitors? Read below to find out.
It took Ronda Rousey just 66 seconds to dispatch of Sara McMann with a knee to the liver and a few follow up punches. You can say what you want about the stoppage, but it’s undeniable that Rousey is the most dangerous woman at 135 pounds. Rousey is scheduled to film her part in the upcoming Entourage film next month and could possibly be out of action until the end of summer. With the next six months likely to be Rousey-less, the UFC has some time to build up a string of contenders for their budding superstar. If Cat Zingano is ready to return to fighting she should get the next shot at Rousey. If not, a bout with fellow UFC 170 winner Alexis Davis makes sense.
Daniel Cormier’s destruction of Patrick Cummins was expected but still impressive. There were a lot of questions heading into the bout about how Cormier would handle his first weight cut down to 205, but the results were nothing short of spectacular. Cormier looked even lighter on his feet at 205 and was able to stuff Cummins’ takedowns with ease. Cormier could very well be the man to dethrone Jon Jones, but I want to see him pick up a win over a top five light-heavyweight first. A fight with the winner of UFC 173’s Phil Davis versus Anthony Johnson bout would be a logical next step for ‘DC.’
Rory MacDonald needed to make a statement at UFC 170 after a few lackluster decision wins and a huge upset loss to Robbie Lawler in his most recent bout. Boy, did he ever. After being dominated in the first round, MacDonald battered Demian Maia in the second and third rounds to pick up a unanimous decision victory. MacDonald will likely ask for a title shot in his next bout, but I think he needs one more win. How about a fight with Matt Brown for the recharged MacDonald?
Mike Pyle seems to have found the fountain of youth at the age of 38. The longtime journeyman beat TJ Waldburger everywhere the fight went before TKOing him in the third round. Even with his string of solid performances, Pyle needs to be aware that the clock is ticking on his MMA career. A bout with perennial contender Josh Koscheck would be perfect for the Las Vegas native.
Stephen Thompson put on the performance of his career at UFC 170, TKOing Robert Whittaker in the first round. Thompson’s next bout will be crucial for his growth as a contender. Speaking of that, who wouldn’t want to see Thompson and Erick Silva throw down next?
Rest of the Card
Sara McMann vs. Cyborg Santos (If she makes her way to the UFC)
Patrick Cummins vs. Robert Drysdale
Demian Maia vs. Paulo Thiago
TJ Waldburger vs. Court McGee
Robert Whittaker vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Alexis Davis vs. Jessica Andrade/Raquel Pennington Winner
Jessica Eye vs. Germaine de Randamie
Raphael Assuncao vs. Renan Barao
Pedro Muhnoz vs. Yaotzin Meza
Aljamain Sterling vs. Russell Doane
Cody Gibson vs. Leandro Issa
Zach Makovsky vs. John Moraga
Erik Koch vs. James Vick
Ernest Chavez vs. UFC Debutant
Yosdenis Cedeno vs. Kevin Lee
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