The results are in after a crazy weekend of mixed martial arts action with back to back events from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ve already looked at some possible future matchups for the four big winners of UFC 175: Weidman vs Machida (check them out here), now we take a look at who the five winners from Sunday’s Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19: Team Edgar vs Team Penn finale could face next.
In my opinion, Frankie Edgar should chill until we find out if Jose Aldo is serious about packing his bags and moving up to 155 to take on Anthony Pettis. If that’s the case, then there’s definitely going to be an opportunity for him to fight for the belt again at 145. He and Faber have also found themselves in the same kinda position – where they’ve both lost multiple title fights over the past several years but still have that star power when selling fights, so I don’t see any reason why those two shouldn’t meet at featherweight. Or, maybe they meet further down the road if Aldo stiffens Chad Mendes again before he bumps up to 155lbs. But you could also just give Frankie a tough fighter like Nik Lentz. Doesn’t seem like there would be anything wrong with that, either.
Corey Anderson disposed of his opponent without much trouble. It will be interesting to see how well he performs against higher competition, but all things indicate that he has a bright future ahead of him. I was assuming he would put Van Buren on the ground and just kind of school him positionally and maybe even force a late stoppage via GNP and he did the exact opposite of that, coming out with a quick TKO win in the first. I’m guessing Anderson will welcome some newbie to the big stage on a main card of a smaller show.
Eddie Gordon made Dhiego Lima look like a scrub out there from the moment he landed the first punch to the moment the referee stepped in to save Lima’s lifeless body from being clubbed with unnecessary strikes from “The Truck” Gordon. Though the win didn’t really come by surprise, it was kind of funny how the word around was that the season completely sucked (I didn’t watch it), but the finale fights produced some quick, exciting knockouts. As far as where Gordon goes from here, the bottom half of the 185 pound division is actually quite stacked with lower level competition for the UFC to choose from. Take your pick!
Derrick Lewis showed no mercy in knocking the living shit out of Guto Inocente. He basically charged Inocente and demolished him once the fight went to the ground. Where’s Todd Duffee? Is Alistair Overeem available? Match this guy up with anyone and watch him just smash.
I really thought Justin Scoggins did enough in rounds one and three to take home the decision, but Dustin Ortiz really showed some skills in all areas as well. Ortiz was shy to call himself a contender in his post fight interview, but a win over a prospect like Scoggins certainly shifts his run at 125 in that direction. He can wait around to see who wins in the fight between Brad Pickett and Ian McCall, or even the fight with John Lineker and Alptekin Ozkilic. Either one of those guys would match up well with Ortiz.