UFC 260: Who’s Next For Ngannou, Miocic And Others?

UFC 260: Who’s Next For Ngannou, Miocic And Others?

UFC 260: Who’s Next For Ngannou, Miocic And Others?

From searching for food in trash cans to becoming the UFC heavyweight champion of the world, Francis Ngannou has come a long way. In the UFC 260 main event, Ngannou put on a striking clinic against champion Stipe Miocic, knocking him out cold in the second round. His victory is the culmination of his hard work, resilience, and perseverance, and the MMA world tips its hat to him. However, he still has a long way to go.

In the co-main event, Tyron Woodley and Vicente Luque exchanged bombs in the first round, before the former welterweight champion got clipped with a right hook, and submitted via a D’Arce choke. In the third key fight on the card, bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley decimated Thomas Almeida on the feet and finished him in the third round.

Francis Ngannou vs Jon Jones

If all goes as planned, Ngannou will make his first title defense against former light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones. It’s as tough a first title defense as they come, but Ngannou’s power advantage, backed by the improvements he showed against Miocic at UFC 260 guarantees him a lengthy title reign.

Jones is open to fighting the scary heavyweight but at the right price. He’s been actively campaigning about a pay rise, and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t get it. He’s been a loyal servant to the UFC for decades, and he’s technically never lost. Ngannou vs Jones would certainly go down as one of the biggest fights in UFC history.

Make it happen, Dana!

Stipe Miocic vs Derrick Lewis

While Miocic deserves a trilogy fight, he was outclassed by Ngannou, and therefore, there won’t be a lot of excitement about a third fight between the two, unless Stipe racks up a few wins. Also, Jones jumping the line to fight for the title makes it even more difficult for the former champion.

The fight that makes sense for him is Derrick Lewis, who is the next in the line for a title shot after a huge win over Curtis Blaydes, but he won’t be preferred over Jones either. Since Lewis has said that he doesn’t want to sit around and wait for a title shot and is looking to earn some money, a fight with Miocic would serve both his purposes well.

Vicente Luque vs Michael Chiesa

With a massive victory over Tyron Woodley at UFC 260, Vicente Luque is expected to replace the former welterweight champion as the number seven ranked welterweight contender. This sets him up perfectly for a fight with a top-five opponent. However, there aren’t many options for him in the top echelon. Kamaru Usman is booked against Jorge Masvidal, Leon Edwards wants to fight Colby Covington, and Stephen Thompson already has a win over the Brazilian.

Gilbert Burns is a good option, but Chiesa would also want that fight after a masterful performance against Neil Magny. Therefore, a fight between Luque and Chiesa makes perfect sense, and the winner enters the top five.

Tyron Woodley vs Belal Muhammad

Tyron Woodley has now lost four on the bounce, and it isn’t sure whether he’ll fight in the UFC again because the promotion has been laying off many fighters on a losing record. However, if he does get another chance, he should fight Belal Muhammad, because it’s a very good fight for both.

Muhammad last fought against Edwards at UFC Vegas 21, but the fight ended in a no-contest. Ideally, ‘Remember The Name’ would like to run it back, but Edwards doesn’t want it. The UFC should reward Belal with a big fight with Woodley.

Sean O’Malley vs Jimmie Rivera

Sean O’Malley’s performance against Thomas Almeida was his best inside the Octagon thus far, and there is no reason why he shouldn’t find himself in the bantamweight top 15.

He’s had enough fights with unranked opponents and deserves a step up in competition. Once a prospect, Rivera now finds himself in the 11th spot, with only two wins in his last five fights. He’s an excellent stand up fighter, and would act as a decent measuring stick for ‘Suga’.

Miranda Maverick vs Taila Santos

After beating Gillian Robertson at UFC 260, Miranda Maverick should find herself in the top 15 when the UFC updates the rankings. She would probably replace Robertson at number 15, which sets her up well against number 13 ranked Taila Santos, who is 17-1.

She could also fight Maycee Barber, but Barber is on a two-fight losing skid, and with a five-fight winning streak that’s not the fight Maverick will be interested in. All in all, Maverick vs Santos is a great up against two up-and-coming prospects.

Who do you think the winners and losers at UFC 260 should fight next?

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