Matches to Make: UFC 197

Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier

Everyone cross their fingers and hope that Jones is uninjured and Cormier heals fast so they can make the UFC 200 July date. All signs point to it and it is the only fight that could arguably fills he hole left by McGregor.

OSP vs. Alexander Gustafsson

OSP stepped up in a big way on short notice to take on the best 205’er that has ever existed. Let him have  true camp and take on the former title contender to see how he does. Johnson, Cormier, Jones and Teixeira are going to sort out the title picture and let the others fight for a chance to challenge when the dust settles.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Raphael Assuncao

He has ran out of challengers and the top five Bantamweight in Assuncao said on twitter he wanted to come down. He has not been given a title shot at 135 and it will not happen soon with Cruz already lined up for a fight and Dillashaw waiting for his rematch, even though Assuncao already beat him. Let him come to 125 if he can make it. Plus, it seems like Johnson wants to break Anderson Silva’s title defense record before making the jump up in weight.

Edson Barboza vs. Michael Chiesa

Both fighters have capture the biggest wins of their careers and didn’t seem to take too much damage in the fight. Barboza has fought the rest at 155 in the top five and I am not too keen on rematches until it is a number one contenders fight or for the belt. Let Chiesa fight a potent striker and see how he fares.

Anthony Pettis vs. Michael Johnson

Both were near or at the top of the division at one point and have fallen pretty far. let them face off to see who deserves to keep a spot in the top ten.

Robert Whittaker vs. Loser of Rockhold vs. Weidman

Whittaker was supposed to take on Michael Bisping last year but an injury forced a change in opponent, and while Whittaker won it would have been arguably a huge deal if he beat Bisping. Now, with five straight wins he deserves a challenge and the loser of the title fight makes a good opposition for the young TUF winner.

 

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