Claudia Gadelha (Image by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Here are the matches to make for Alistair Overeem, Claudia Gadelha, and other main card winners at UFC Jacksonville on May 16.
On Saturday, May 16, the UFC held the 3rd installation of its crowd-less shows from Jacksonville, FL. In the main event, Alistair Overeem made it through an early scare to get a second-round TKO triumph over Walt Harris. The co-main event included a razor-close battle that saw Claudia Gadelha making a split decision over Angela Hill.
Here’s what is, or a minimum of need to be, next for Overeem, Hill, and all the winners from UFC Jacksonville’s main card.
Alistair Overeem vs. Derrick Lewis
Coming off an actual last-second loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Overeem frantically required a win here to stay an appropriate gamer in thedivision With a win over Harris, Overeem need to make an action up the rankings, and a battle versus the no. 5-ranked Derrick Lewis is the very best choice.
Lewis is on a two-fight win streak, albeit versus less than elitecompetition Like Overeem, Lewis requires a big name opponent to stay in the title conversation, and Overeem fits that costs precisely. Both men are knockout artists, they have actually never ever dealt with each other, and this battle might quickly heading a Battle Night card later on this year.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Carla Esparza 2
Gadelha revealed enhancements to her boxing in a razor-close decision win versus the spotting Hill. A former title opposition, Gadelha has now won 2 battles in a row, however will need to battle a highly-ranked opponent to stay in title-relevant battles.
Following her win over Hill, Gadelha called for a rematch with former strawweight champ Carla Esparza, and there’s no excellent factor to reject her that demand. Esparza, like Gadelha, is on a win streak and is fresh off a split decision triumph. The set’s first battle in 2018 was great, and a rematch would likely provide fireworks once again.
Dan Ige vs. Arnold Allen
Dan Ige extended his win streak to 6, making a gritty split decision over long time light-weight competitor Edson Barboza. Ige entered into the bout ranked no. 15, and the win need to suffice for an ongoing climb the rankings ladder. After the win, Ige called for a battle with names like Calvin Kattar, Yair Rodriguez, and Chan Sun Jung. Those names may be on the table for Ige, however in all possibility, he’ll need another win prior to he remains in a conversation with challengers ranked that extremely. Rather, Ige would be well served to square off with fellow spotting featherweight Arnold Allen. Allen is ranked no. 13, requires a battle and owns a seven-fight win streak. The winner of that battle will have asserted himself as the featherweight fighter to view moving on.
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Makhmud Muradov
Krzysztof Jotko got a competitive decision versus Eryk Anders, extending his present win streak to 3. It wasn’t that long ago that Jotko was ranked in the top 15, completing in battles that mattered to the middleweight title image. With a win over Anders, Jotko is now once again on the cusp of ranked challengers. And while Makhmud Muradov isn’t a ranked fighter, he is a leading middleweight possibility, on a three-year win streak, that’s due for a test versus a veteran like Jotko.
Song Yadong vs. John Dodson
Song Yadong and Marlon Vera entered into their battle ranked no. 14 and 15 in the bantamweight division, respectfully. With Yadong making a hard-earned decision, a battle versus the no. 13- ranked John Dodson, who is fresh off a remarkable knockout win over leading possibility Nathaniel Wood, would be an ideal test for Yadong. Simply 22- years of ages, Yadong is now unbeaten throughout 6 battles in theUFC For Dodson, it would be a chance to as soon as again knock off another young possibility.
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