UFC Fight Night 52 came and went during the wee hours of the American morning. The card included devastating knockouts, back and forth slug fests, and two potential title challengers cementing their status atop their divisions. What matches are next for the competitors of UFC Fight Night 52? Take a look below to find out.
Mark Hunt’s career resurgence continued Saturday morning with a resounding second round knockout of iron chinned Roy Nelson. The sky is the limit for the 40 year old Kiwi who seems to defy age with every Octagon appearance. While Hunt is far from the best fighter in the division, he’s an exciting name that could challenge for the title in his next bout. While the thought of that may make many fight fans drool, I believe he’ll get one more fight before then and it will be against “The Pitbull” Andrei Arlovski.
Myles Jury wasted no time in defeating Japanese MMA legend Takanori Gomi this past Saturday, knocking out the former PRIDE fighter in under two minutes. It was one of Jury’s most impressive performances to date, but it was nothing new for fans who have been following the San Diego based fighter. Jury’s next fight needs to be a big step-up as he’s shown that he is too good for the mid-tier fighters of the division. Let’s see how he does against Raphael Dos Anjos in his next outing.
Miesha Tate picked up her second UFC win in a somewhat lackluster performance against UFC debutante Rin Nakai. Tate was clearly the better fighter of the two, but seemed to be a bit trigger shy after the first round. Tate’s performance could be attributed to jet lag, but nonetheless, she needs to perform better to remain fresh in fight fans’ minds. The next bout for Tate needs to be a challenging one which is why she should face former title challenger and Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann next.
Yoshihiro Akiyama re-entered the winner’s circle for the first time in five years on Saturday morning, defeating Ultimate Fighter winner Amir Sadollah via unanimous decision. Akiyama looked solid in all three rounds of the bout, but has yet to shore up many of the holes in his game. The next bout for Akiyama needs to be against a slightly more improved opponent, but someone who isn’t quite well rounded. Fellow UFC Fight Night 52 winner Kiichi Kunimoto would be a great opponent for Akiyama’s next bout.