UFC Glendale was an incredible card, packed full of phenomenal fights. From the broadcast through to the fights, this card was premium content all the way. This card is the exact level of product that fans have relished most from the UFC On Fox series. The value of being able to watch entertaining, high-level MMA for free on TV can never be overstated. Regardless of whether you are an educated MMA fan or a casual viewer, it’s impossible to watch this card and not walk away satisfied.
Matches To Make – Winners
Dustin Poirier – gave the greatest performance of career in this fight and had to go through hell to do so. It’s hard to feel anything but respect for him after the way he fought. Dustin has now positioned himself somewhere towards the top of the jumbled contender’s cue at Lightweight. With nothing but confusion surrounding the Lightweight title situation as of late, it’s hard to predict which direction the UFC will take with the next title bout. That being said if neither Eddie Alvarez nor Dustin Poirier is to face Khabib or Tony Ferguson in their next bout. The only logical fight for them is a rematch of their controversial first encounter. This would be a phenomenal contest and a perfect way to decide who is the third best Lightweight in the world.
Alex Oliveira – Was his wild, unconventional, entertaining self in this fight and it paid off big time. This was a great way for him to rebound from his loss to Yancy Medeiros and to earn the biggest win of his career. For his next fight, a matchup with Alan Jouban would be sensational.
Israel Adesanya – For two of the three rounds in this fight, Adesanya displayed the skills of one of the highest level fighters in the division. Unfortunately in the third round, the first of his MMA career, he showed some cracks in his armour. Luckily for Adesanya, he wasn’t put in any real danger of losing the fight and will be able to walk away with plenty of things to improve upon. For his next fight, a matchup with Uriah Hall would be solid test.
Muslim Salikhov – Although he got the win in this fight, Salikhov’s UFC run has been underwhelming (so far). For his next fight, a matchup with Danny Roberts will give us a good indicator of where he is heading.
John Moraga – After three tough losses in a row and some retirement talk, the future seemed bleak for John Moraga. Thankfully, John has now refocused his career and has strung together three extremely impressive wins. For his next fight, a matchup with Jussier Formiga would be great for him and the division.
Brad Tavares – Is one of the longest tenured UFC Middleweights actively competing. After some tough setbacks in 2014-2015 Tavares has put together four impressive wins and has greatly improved his game. Brad is quietly becoming one of the most underrated fighters in the division. For his next bout, Tavares deserves a big fight on a high-profile card. A matchup with Chris Weidman at UFC 226 will give him exactly that.
Matches To Make – Losers
Justin Gaethje – Fought his dream fight and gave an extremely impressive performance. Unfortunately, as is the case when you fight like Justin, sometimes you crush and sometimes you get crushed. Gaethje’s attitude towards losing and fighting generally is deserving of praise. His approach is not for anyone but him, luckily he is well aware of that and the risks that come with it. He has predicted he will fight five more times before retiring and as much as I relish the opportunity to watch him compete I think that number sounds just right. For his next fight, he needs to face someone a step below the top of the division. A matchup with Bobby Green would be tremendous.
Carlos Condit – As difficult as it was to watch Carlos Condit lose his fourth fight in a row, this was an encouraging sign for the veteran. Although Condit is clearly no longer a fighter worthy of fighting top 15 opposition, he showed in this fight he still has some fight left in him. If Carlos decides to fight again, matchups with fellow veterans and lower tier Welterweights are what he must partake in. A fight with Tarec Saffiedine would serve him well in his next outing.
Marvin Vettori – Did a great job in this fight but was in the end clearly outmatched by the much more technically proficient Adesanya. For his next bout, a matchup with Andrew Sanchez would be a great test.
Tim Boetsch – This was a tough loss Tim Boetsch and a sign that his chances of reaching contender-ship may be all but done. For his return, a matchup against Derek Brunson would serve as a great test and very winnable fight.
Krzysztof Jotko – After an impressive start to his UFC career, Jotko has unfortunately dropped three fights in a row, two by knockout. It would be unlikely for the UFC to let him go after the three losses. That being said, if he does not find a win in his next outing he could be in some trouble. For his next fight, the loser of the upcoming bout between Daniel Kelly and Tom Breese will make the perfect dance partner.