On Saturday, the UFC returned to the Apex with different stacked Fight Night paper headlined by ranked lightweights Arman Tsarukyan and Mateusz Gamrot. Prior to UFC Vegas 57, determination were complaints from immoderate successful the MMA assemblage that Tsarukyan vs Gamrot wasn’t a worthy main event. The 2 Europeans enactment connected a spectacle successful what turned retired to beryllium the Fight of the Night.
Let’s instrumentality a look astatine immoderate imaginable match-ups for the main paper winners.Mateusz Gamrot
Scramble mania. A main lawsuit that gave america everything we could’ve hoped for. An highly intimately contested bout seems to beryllium the norm these days, erstwhile it comes to Fight Night main events betwixt contenders. There is nary uncertainty the MMA assemblage volition beryllium scrutinizing the scorecards implicit the play and uncovering complaints successful the ways that the 3 judges scored the contest. But careless of the complaints, it volition beryllium the erstwhile KSW Lightweight champion, “Gamer” Gamrot, who volition beryllium the beneficiary of a apical 5 contender successful his adjacent outing.
There are respective imaginable match-ups for the Pole, but 1 successful peculiar I would emotion to spot is Fiziev vs. Gamrot. The anticipation of that match-up unsocial sends shivers down my spine. And it is 1 that we whitethorn good see, depending connected the result of Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev connected July 10. The “Highlight Reel,” Justin Gaethje whitethorn besides beryllium successful hunt of caller blood, however, helium whitethorn not beryllium mounting his sights arsenic debased arsenic fertile 12.
Gamrot’s adjacent fight: Winner of RDA vs FizievShavkat Rakhmonov
The “Nomad” gets adjacent much terrifying by the fight. After going to 16-0, with each wins coming by mode of finishes, Rakhmonov has go 1 of the astir feared fighters crossed each value divisions. Magny is by acold Shavkat’s toughest trial to date, and helium passed it with flying colours, wholly unscathed. Wherever the combat goes, Rakhmonov is simply a genuinely ascendant martial artist. In circular one, Magny threatened with a bottommost hook, but helium ne'er afloat had it locked successful arsenic the Kazakh stayed calm and collected. The 27-year-old is inactive yet to spot the 3rd circular successful the UFC, arsenic successful the dying embers of circular two, helium managed to cinch the cervix of Magny, getting the secnd circular submission victory.
The terrifying imaginable came locked and loaded with a sanction that helium wants to conscionable successful the Octagon adjacent clip out, Stephen Thompson. The anticipation of that combat though doesn’t enthrall maine excessively much. I would alternatively similar to spot Rakhmonov look the victor of Luque vs. Neal, arsenic that would for definite beryllium a barnburner.
Rakhmonov’s adjacent fight: Winner of Luque vs NealJosh Parisian
In the lone Heavyweight combat astatine UFC Vegas 57, Josh Parisian faced a large woody of adversity to conflict his mode to a 2nd circular stoppage. From the archetypal bell, Heavyweight leather was being slung and midway done circular one, Parisian was dropped from a large uppercut successful the clinch by Baudot. Despite having to upwind the tempest for the remaining minutes of the archetypal round, helium managed to decorativeness circular 1 with a large takedown of his own. Round 2 began however the archetypal had ended, with a Parisian takedown. He didn’t conscionable people the takedown, but helium besides reigned down highly viscous ground-and-pound, subsequently scoring the 2nd circular stoppage.
William Knight has precocious returned to the heavyweight part and a imaginable combat betwixt the 2 could nutrient fireworks.
Parisian’s adjacent fight: William KnightThiago Moises
The Brazilian got backmost into the triumph file aft back-to-back losses to apical Lightweight contenders. The Contender Series alum hasn’t had the easiest of rides successful his UFC tenure, however, helium whitethorn person earned himself a ranked hostile adjacent aft his archetypal circular submission victory. Early successful the fight, Moises managed to get the combat against the cage, subsequently jumping connected the backmost of Giagos, lone needing to descend successful 1 limb nether the chin of the 32-year-old, tapping him out.
Guram Kutateladze came up abbreviated against Damir Ismagulov astatine UFC Austin, and a combat betwixt the “Georgian Viking” and Moises makes a full batch of sense. The clip works retired good also.
Moises’ adjacent fight: Guram KutateladzeUmar Nurmagomedov
The Bantamweight part gets deeper and deeper by the week. Not lone did Umar Nurmagomedov determination to 15-0, but helium did it successful beauteous flawless manner against a pugnacious opponent. There was ne'er immoderate uncertainty successful Umar’s quality to out-wrestle his opponent, but determination whitethorn person been a tiny question people implicit his striking ability. During his bout with Maness, helium exhibited that helium volition besides apt clasp an vantage connected the feet against respective apical Bantamweight contenders.
The Russian was acceptable to participate the location territory of Jack Shore backmost successful March, nevertheless the bout fell through. With the Welsh contender acceptable to look Ricky Simon successful mid July, a bout betwixt Nurmagomedov and the victor of the aforementioned combat whitethorn beryllium connected the horizon.
Nurmagomedov’s adjacent fight: Winner of Ricky Simon vs. Jack ShoreLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 25: (R-L) Umar Nurmagomedov of Russia kicks Nate Maness successful a bantamweight combat during the UFC Fight Night lawsuit astatine UFC APEX connected June 25, 2022 successful Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)Chris Curtis
“The Action Man” made it 3 wins successful 3 UFC fights connected Saturday nighttime with different tremendous performance, this clip against Jiu-Jitsu specializer Rodolfo Vieira. Curtis’ concern successful assemblage strikes paid disconnected for him implicit 15 minutes, arsenic aft the archetypal 10 minutes, Vieira began to visibly tire. In 20 takedown attempts, Vieira failed to implicit a azygous one, with Curtis showing fantabulous takedown defence throughout. Despite him being down aft the archetypal 5 minutes owed to being 2nd successful the striking exchanges, helium made the adjustments done rounds 2 and three, getting the triumph via unanimous decision.
In his archetypal 3 fights nether the UFC banner, Chris Curtis has fought and bushed immoderate stiff competition, and successful immoderate cases successful emphatic fashion. With the Middleweight part being stacked from apical to bottom, Curtis has shown helium is capable to bent with the precocious echelon of the division. Although Joaquin Buckley is besides coming disconnected the backmost of a large triumph himself and has called for a combat with grooming spouse Curtis, erstwhile champion Chris Weidman is besides looking to get backmost into contention earlier the twelvemonth is out, aft recovering from a brutal limb break. A combat betwixt Weidman and Curtis makes consciousness from each angles.
Curtis’ Next Fight: Chris Weidman