Alex Oliveira vs. Ryan LaFlare: The first honorable mention goes to Alex Oliveira. In this fight he got a vicious walk-off knockout via uppercut. For his opponent we think he should fight against Dong Hyun Kim next. Kim is the next rank above LaFlare and Oliveira isn’t ranked as of this fight.
Eryk Anders vs. Rafael Natal: The next honorable mention has to go to Eryk Anders. Anders came in on his debut and absolutely dismantled Rafael Natal. He picked up the knockout in the first round and Boetsch has to be the next guy to face him. Tim Boetsch is the guy to beat if you want to prove you belong in the middleweight rankings.
Jimi Rivera vs. Thomas Almeida: Moving on to the main card this is the first of three fights in a row that end in decision. This match was fun to watch and very back and forth the whole way. Rivera ended up winning by unanimous decision. We think Rivera should face off against Raphael Assuncao next. He called out Dillashaw and Cruz, but T.J. isn’t going to fight until Cody comes back and Cruz may not fight at all. Almeida doesn’t deserve to go down since he lost a close match to someone above him. We would like to see him fight John Dodson. Dodson is probably the smallest fighter in the division creating a huge reach advantage, but if there is someone that can overcome that it’s definitely John.
Tim Cummins vs. Gian Villante: This fight started off with a bang. Very early in the fight, the two fighters butted heads and it caused a massive gash on Cummins’ head. The rest of the fight there was a lot of blood the whole time. It started back and forth, but as time went on Cummins was just snowballing a lead through his un-ending strikes. In the end, Cummins won by split decision. Cummins should go up to fight Misha Cirkunov because the win wasn’t impressive and that is the closest guy to his rank that’s available. Villante should fight Gadzhimurad Antigulov because I believe he deserves one last chance to prove he deserves to be in the rankings.
Darren Elkins vs. Dennis Bermudez: This next fight was borderline dull. It was an extremely close fight with nothing exciting to define any round. Both guys missed about half of their strikes and almost all of their takedowns were defended. It was definitely hard fought and I congratulate both men on their effort. Elkins won this by decision. We agree that Elkins should go up to face Yair Rodriguez and Bermudez face Dooho Choi. Yair is a big jump for Elkins, but some are occupied and we think Elkins could be put to a good test here. Choi is in between these two in the rankings and since it was so close Bermudez shouldn’t go down in competition level.
Chris Weidman vs. Kelvin Gastelum: Finally at the main event we see the first finish of the main card. In the first round Chris almost got knocked out, but he revered by scrambling for a takedown and holding Gastelum on the ground. From there, Weidman started to pick up a lot of ground control time. After tiring him out Weidman went for an arm triangle and locked it in tight for a third round submission. We predict Weidman to go up and face Yoel Romero and Kelvin to face Thales Leites.