Here is ESPN’s take on what must be future for the fighters of UFC 222.
Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino, feminine featherweight winner
Final result: Defeated Yana Kunitskaya via first-spherical TKO
Upcoming: Amanda Nunes
This was the plan, initially: A woman superfight concerning Nunes (the UFC’s bantamweight winner) and Justino. But then the UFC required a principal celebration for UFC 222 and identified as on Justino. Which was fine. This title protection towards Kunitskaya was a layup, and did not set that superfight at risk.
The problem now: Will Nunes also protect her title, prior to the two going through off? Justino wishes it to occur in July, on the UFC’s blockbuster summer season card. The UFC has seemed at Nunes headlining an party in May well, in Brazil, towards Raquel Pennington. If that have been the situation, it’d be a lightning turnaround for Nunes.
My vote is to forego the Pennington title fight for now, and finalize this winner as opposed to winner bout. Pennington warrants a title shot, but has not fought since November 2016 simply because of an injuries. Irrespective of whether or not the UFC agrees, we will see. It is in have to have of a headliner in May possibly, and Justino is not yet offered on preventing that before long.
Result: Defeated Frankie Edgar by using 1st-spherical KO
Future: Max Holloway
Fairly quick get in touch with, below. It’s the only fight to make, and UFC president Dana White has currently claimed he intends to make it “right away.”
Holloway has appeared really substantially unbeatable in the course of a 12-struggle get streak in the UFC. But heck, perhaps Ortega is unbeatable. The gentleman has never ever dropped. I have been on the Ortega bandwagon for awhile, but even I didn’t see him rolling via Edgar and Cub Swanson in a 3-thirty day period span. Wow.
Brian Ortega lands a vicious elbow that sales opportunities to an outstanding knockout of Frankie Edgar in the first round of a featherweight bout at UFC 222.
Frankie Edgar, featherweight
End result: Shed to Brian Ortega by means of very first-round KO
Up coming: Ricardo Lamas
A battle I’ve generally needed to see is Edgar vs. Dominick Cruz. I just assume stylistically, it won’t get much far better than that. Cruz is big for 135 lbs .. Edgar is not a big 145-pounder. Looks fairly doable, and it is as superior a time as any for it.
Cruz is nevertheless really a lot in bantamweight title rivalry, having said that, and Edgar has proven no fascination in transferring all the way down. So, Lamas helps make sense. He’s yet another incredibly feasible title contender, coming off a initially-round decline. Another option is to run again the Chad Mendes struggle. Mendes lost to Edgar in late 2015, and is set to occur off a two-year suspension this summer. There is certainly a situation to be created for that a single, but Lamas is in all probability the finest solution.
End result: Defeated Andre Soukhamthath through unanimous determination
Following: UFC newcomer
What? Is a “TBD” response appropriate for a What is Next column? I say it is.
Who need to O’Malley be preventing? Anyone you’ve got under no circumstances heard of. He’s 23. He is shown a ton of assure and plenty of possible. You can find very little erroneous with a slow burn up of that. The UFC likes him and naturally wishes him below contract, but that won’t suggest he desires to go anyplace in the vicinity of its best expertise still.
Obtain him an opponent who was also on the Dana White Contender Series, in which O’Malley’s UFC roots are. I am not suggesting weak fighters with 1-6 records. Just an suitable challenge — who ideally is superior-paced and prepared to go toe-to-toe right here and there.
Outcome: Defeated Ashley Yoder by using break up choice
Next: Kailin Curran
Similar to O’Malley, there’s no want to hurry Dern at all. Some have been dissatisfied in her general overall performance at UFC 222, but I was not one of those. I believe we noticed a youthful prospect who struggled to get the battle to the flooring (where she’s greatest), and found a way to gain in any case.
Dern’s standup wasn’t usually pretty on Saturday, but when press arrived to shove, she bit down on her mouthpiece and fearlessly went just after Yoder, being aware of there were counter punches coming. That’s what you want to see out of potential clients. Growth. Heart. A knack to win.
Like the 24-year-outdated Dern, Curran is younger. She’s 26 and on a four-struggle skid in the UFC. Her bouts have been interesting however, and she’s clearly motivated to get a victory. She’s not overly unsafe in any one particular region, but she’d have an experience edge from Dern in the UFC.