UFC 177 was one of the weakest pay-per-views in UFC history in terms of name value, but the card more than made up for the lack of names with a night full of action packed fights. In the night’s main event TJ Dillashaw defended his UFC Bantamweight Championship with a fifth round knockout of late replacement Joe Soto and Tony Ferguson picked up a razor close decision over veteran Danny Castillo in the co-main event. Even with the lack of household names, UFC 177 gave birth to some intruiging storylines and plenty of match-ups that should make fight fans foam from the mouth. Take a look below to see what matches should be next for UFC 177’s competitors.
Dillashaw made the most out of a very unfortunate situation. He was involved in a competitive fight and put his foe away with one of the most brutal finishes of 2014. Dillashaw has multiple options ahead of him, but one choice in-particular makes the most sense. Raphael Assuncao, the last man to beat Dillashaw, is scheduled to face off with Bryan Caraway later this year. Should Assuncao defeat Caraway he would be the perfect choice to face Dillashaw in his next title defense.
Ferguson found him in an extremely close bout with veteran Danny Castillo but was able to pull off the split-decision victory due to his multiple submission attempts and activity on the mat. The fight wasn’t the performance Ferguson was looking for but he definitely turned a few heads with how he was able to deal with the heavy op game of Castillo. Ferguson is in need of a step up in competition but a top ten fight may be one to two victories away for the Oxnard, California born fighter. A fight with fellow Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson makes tons of sense for “El Cucuy.”
Correia looked absolutely fantastic in stopping women’s MMA pioneer Shayna Baszler in the second round of their bout. After a rough first round Correia beatdown “The Queen of Spades” eventually picking up a standing TKO after brutalizing her opponent with multiple punches to the body and head. Correia’s next opponent could range from Ronda Rousey to Sarah Kaufman, but my money is on Rousey. Correia has put herself in a great position by marketing herself as a “Four Horsewomen Killer” and has gotten the attention of Rousey. There’s nothing the UFC likes more than a grudge match and Correia vs. Rousey would have all the pre-fight build-up to create a large amount of pay-per-view buys.
Carlos Diego Ferreira
Carlos Diego Ferreira put on a show Saturday night against Ultimate Fighter finalist Ramsey Nijem. After a back and forth first five minutes, Ferreira floored Nijem with a counter right hand in the second round to pick up the TKO victory. The undefeated Brazilian has turned heads in both of his Octagon bouts so far and deserves a step up in competition. James Vick would be a perfect opponent for Ferreira should he defeat Valmir Lazaro in his next bout.
Yancy Medeiros picked up a performance of the night bonus for his impressive reverse bulldog choke submission of debuting Damon Jackson. The win was technically Medeiros first inside the Octagon after a knockout victory over Yves Edwards was overturned. Medeiros showed tons of promise in his performance and should get a slightly higher ranked opponent next time out. A bout against slugger Yui Chul Nam should be booked next.
The Rest of the Card
Joe Soto vs. Chico Camus
Danny Castillo vs. Evan Dunham
Shayna Baszler vs. Liz Carmouche
Ramsey Nijem vs. Fabricio Camoes
Damon Jackson vs. Clay Collard
Derek Brunson vs. Cezar Ferreira
Lorenz Larkin vs. Anthony Lapsley (Larkin has teased a drop down to 170 pounds since his loss to Brunson)
Anthony Hamilton vs. Vitor Miranda
Chris Wade vs. Joe Ellenberger
Cain Carrizosa vs. Juan Manuel Puig Carreon
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