Kamaru Usman – Although this fight was the biggest test of his career so far – and he walked away with a dominant victory – it is still hard to be excited about Kamaru Usman moving forward. This fight was not a positive showcase for Usman’s potential. If Kamaru is looking to move up in the rankings and build excitement around his future matchups, he is, unfortunately, going to need to put this fight behind him. That being said, I am personally excited to see Kamaru face tougher competition and believe a matchup between him and Jorge Masvidal would be sensational.
Demian Maia – At 40 years old, now on a three-fight losing streak, it is hard to be enthusiastic about the prospect of Demian Maia fighting again. Although retirement would be the preferable option for Maia, it is likely that we will see him compete again. If he is to return a matchup with Sergio Moraes would be the best option.
Tatiana Suarez – As Suarez has shown in all of her professional wins thus far, the importance of physicality in WMMA (and MMA generally) cannot be overstated. Through her dominant physical approach, Tatiana Suarez is going to continue to be one of the most difficult matchups for anyone in the Strawweight division. For her return, a matchup with Michelle Waterson would be a great test
Alexa Grasso – Despite being 2-2 in her UFC run so far, Alexa Grasso at only 24 years of age has a bright career ahead of her. In order for her to reach her full potential, Alexa will need to take a step back in competition and face some opponents lower down in the division. A matchup with Maryna Moroz will be a great place to start.
Dominick Reyes – In the muddiest, least stacked division in the UFC, Dominick Reyes is a glimmer of hope. How long will that be the case?.. Until we get an answer, let’s get the hype train rolling. We have a legitimate Light-Heavyweight prospect in the UFC and he is exciting to watch. For his next fight my only hope is that the UFC doesn’t push him too far, the perfect matchup for him, at this point, will be the winner of the upcoming matchup between Gian Villante and Sam Alvey.
Jared Cannonier – Now with a 3-4 UFC record, Jared Cannonier is at a crossroads in his career. Although this was a devastating loss, I don’t think this is the last we will see out of Cannonier. For him to find success upon his return, I believe he will need to make the move down to his more natural weight class, Middleweight. For his 185 lbs debut, a matchup with Tim Boetsch would be great.
Vicente Luque – The Silent Assassin has once again proven himself to be one of the most exciting contenders in the Welterweight division. After yet another impressive win, it is time for him to take a step up in competition. Santiago Ponzinibbio will serve as a great test for Luque.