UFC 200 was touted as the most stacked fight card ever. But, with the late replacement of Jon Jones, many found that it did not live up to the hype. A fan poll was done by MMA Junkie regarding this and had 80 percent of the fans answering, ?No, the fight did not live up to the hype.?
Even so, we got treated to some pretty interesting matches that moves the UFC narrative forward. In this article ,we are going to explore the directions that future fights could take.
Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes Aftermath
The UFC Women?s Bantamweight title has changed hands again thanks to the crisp strikes and killer instinct exhibited by Nunes. She pummeled then champion Tate standing up early in the first round to secure a rear naked choke submission at the 3:16 mark to take the title. So, what does this leave the future of the UFC?s women?s bantamweight division? There?s not much choice left on who is going to challenge for the belt.
Holly Holm, the former champion is scheduled to fight Valentina Shevchenko on July 23, 2016. If the winner of the fight gets out healthy, she could be the next in line for the title. WMMA superstar Ronda Rousey could come back and get rewarded with a title shot just because she has been a dominant champ. After a long lay-off though, she could take a tune-up fight first. One logical title challenger though would be Julianna Pena. She is in a four-fight winning streak, winning her last fight on the feature fight of the UFC 200 prelims over former title challenger Cat Zingano. Would she be the next to challenge the title? It might be possible. For Tate, she would need to climb back up the rankings again. She might even welcome Rousey back or give Holm a rematch.
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar 2 Aftermath
The fight was not that close as the first time. Aldo looked sharp and looked like he has the answer to the footwork and combination striking of Edgar. Aldo outstruck Edgar winning the fight via unanimous decision with 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47 on the judges scorecards. This sets him up for a rematch with UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor though is scheduled for a rematch against Nate Diaz in August, headlining UFC 202. The title unification bout could happen late in the year or early 2017. Edgar though lost his chance to fight for the title again. Most fans would agree though that he could make the cut down to the bantamweight division and maybe have a showdown against Dillashaw for the No. 1 contender spot or challenge Dominick Cruz for the title.
Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva Aftermath
There were a lot of boos for this match but Cormier did what he needed to do to get the W. He was fighting an aging former middleweight champion who was fresh off a gall bladder surgery and he did not look too impressive. Many thought that if he was facing Jon Jones, he would have lost pretty badly. But styles make fights and his style was just a terrible matchup for that of Silva?s. So, what now for DC? Jones might be out for two years because of his allegedly failed drug tests, so a DC vs Bones 2 would be later than sooner. Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira will be fighting on August 20 at the UFC 202, the winner might get a shot at DC?s belt.
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