The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was live from Oklahoma City, OK for the third time in promotional background Sunday (July 25, 2017) with UFC Fight Night 112: Chiesa vs. Lee. It was a solid night of bits that found five of 13 bouts end within the space, and with action now in our rear view, let’s look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the competitors in the evening…
Dominick Reyes vs. Marcos Rogerio Lima
Reyes impressed in his promotional debut by dismantling and knocking out Joachim Christensen in less than half a minute into the opening round of action. It turned out to be a picture-perfect debut for the undefeated light heavyweight, who might potentially bring some new life to the razor-thin division. For his next excursion inside the Octagon, I want to watch him shoot on TUF 2 finalist Marcos Rogerio de Lima, who’s coming from a second-round entry loss to Ovince St. Preux only a few months ago. I believe that the Brazilian is a fantastic test for Reyes his next time out, which is a potential matchup I would be interested in viewing reserved for a future card. I think it would be a good addition to the card for September’s UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Clay Guida vs. Jon Tuck
Guida impressed in his return to action in the UFC’s lightweight division following a brief stint in featherweight. Coming off a third-round TKO loss to Brian Ortega, Guida returned to the win column in remarkable fashion last weekend by living a tough opening round against Erik Koch, just to come back and dominate the next two rounds for a unanimous-decision victory. It was a classic Clay Guida performance along with an impressive victory for”The Carpenter” back in 155 lbs. For his next outing, I would be interested in watching him shoot on Guam’s Jon Tuck, who’s coming off a first-round rear-naked choke submission win over Takanori Gomi. I think this possible lightweight competition would be a solid addition to the preliminary card for October’s UFC 216 in Las Vegas.
Tony Martin vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Martin defeated Johnny Case via unanimous conclusion on the judges’ scorecards following three back-and-forth rounds of entertaining action. The victory puts him on a three fight-winning series inside the Octagon, and he hopes to make it four straight against ranked opposition his second time out. Enter: Francisco Trinaldo. “Masaranduba” is coming off a second-round rear-naked choke entry loss to Kevin Lee, which snapped an impressive seven-fight winning streak for the TUF: Brazil veteran. I believe this uncommon”winner versus loser” matchup in 155 lbs makes sense for the two fighters, and I want to see it booked for a long struggle card, preferably on the primary card for October’s UFC Fight Night in Brazil.
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