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Who is next: UFC Las Vegas winner

Merab Dvalishvili, UFC 266. Post-fight credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press.

Merab Dvalishvili Press Conference In UFC Las Vegas Main Event Merab put on the most impressive performance of his career and gave Petr Yan a decisive defeat for the first time in a UFC Las Vegas main event. “The Machine” took equal parts punch, clinch, and wrestling to beat the reigning champion. Now, Dvalishvili has proven that he is one of the division’s top picks and will continue to be treated like this.

Of course, what’s next for Merab is a big question, and we’ll try to answer that. And to find out what’s next for the winners of the Saturday Night Fight card, read on!

in normal circumstances The Georgian will be next in the running for the title. But with the backlog of Sean O’Malley and the Chito Vera vs Cory Sandhagen winner, the title picture was messed up as champion Aljamen Sterling battled Hen. Ri Sejudo at UFC 288 after the former double champion returns from a three-year layoff.

Additionally, Dvalishvili and Sterling are teammates and look almost like brothers. They refused to fight each other. There was talk that Sterling would move up to featherweight soon, if that were to happen. It will avoid all problems. For now, Merab has said he will stay on the sidelines until his path is clear. On “The MMA Hour” on March 13, Dvalishvili confirmed to Ariel Helwani that he would rather wait for the title picture to clear up instead of fighting. with someone like O’Malley or the winner of Sandhagen vs Chito Vera.

Dvalishvili’s Next Fight: Waiting… or TBD

‘Drago’ turned into the second consecutive challenger to his top 10 on Saturday and has expressed his willingness to fight for the championship before the end of his career. Now, with a two-round first-round knockout streak in hand, he deserves to face a higher-ranked opponent next in line. Tai Tuivasa has lost his last two bouts to Ciryl Gane and Sergei Pavlovich, but A win streak that made him famous before that earned him the top spot. He is fifth in the rankings at the moment. Tuivasa will be the perfect opponent and focus on attack for kickboxer Volkov.

Volkov’s next fight: Tai Tuivasa.

Krylov’s main bout at UFC Vegas 70 was destroyed due to food poisoning. But he was still victorious in the end. With the first round finishing over Ryan Spann, Krylov sits sixth in this fight while Spann sits eighth. The three-fight winning streak and placement in the rankings means he should continue fighting the top contenders. go like alexandar European compatriot Rakich, Jan Blasovicz Blasovicz had previously beaten Krylov in 2018 by submission. So if Rakic ​​is ready to fight after his knee injury in 2022, again in January. That fight would be perfect. Rakic ​​is currently ranked fourth in the light heavyweight division. And defeating him puts Krylov in pole position against the top contender.

Krylov’s next fight: Aleksandar Rakic.

Martinez was the underdog in his fight at UFC Las Vegas, but he received an impressive referee. Although quite close His fighting, defensive and clinching abilities are key factors. Shows just how resourceful this kickboxing expert is. Ranked 14th in the bantamweight division. But on Tuesday morning The updated rank will give Martinez a ranking. making him the first Salvadoran ranked fighter in UFC history.

With a good rank comes great responsibility. Martinez will continue to fight top fighters on this UFC card alone. Three other bantamweight win fights put them on the edge of those rankings. Bantamweight is a talent-packed genre. That surplus, along with most of the ranked fighters, is currently reserved. It could force Martinez to face an unranked fighter in his next bout, such as Kyler Phillips, Mario Bautista or Javid Bacharat.

There is another option. Another new ranked bantamweight bout that Chris Gutierrez will face Pedro Munjoz at UFC Kansas City in just one month. The winner of that fight will go up to the rankings. But losers will have to keep fighting and risk losing their rank. Which fighter is the perfect opponent for Jonathan Martinez?

Martinez next fight: Loser of Chris Gutierrez vs Pedro Munhoz.

Mario Bautista won his fourth straight bout and finished his third straight first round Saturday against Guido Cannetti. The bookings are somewhat perplexing when combining Bautista’s upward trend with Guido’s growing age and 4-5 UFC record reaching. It’s time for him to truly fight for a spot in the rankings by battling another fighter in the top 15 in bantamweight. Casey Kenney, Davey Grant, Javid Basharat, Montel Jackson and Cody Stamann are among the others. Well, the athlete fits this description. However, the best option might be Kyler Phillips.

Sean O’Malley’s teammate, Phillips, is the number one bantamweight fighter. Owned a victory over eighth-ranked Song Yadong, a victory that earned him the rankings. He then lost to Raulian Paiva in a fight that many thought was supposed to be a draw. And his talent allows him to be arguably the best unranked bantamweight fighter in the UFC alongside Mario Bautista. The same with outstanding courage Matchmaking is almost a no-brainer. As it will be a test of both of them to determine who is ready to break into the top 15.

Bautista next fight: Kyler Phillips

Petrino, who made his UFC debut, won “Fight of the Night” with his decisive victory over Dana White’s Contender Series alumnus Anton Turkalj despite problems with his bank account. But he’s still a UFC rookie and should be paired up like this in a light-heavyweight division that goes through a few changes. The department currently has DWCS alumni occupying the majority of the unranked population. One such fighter was Ihor Potieria. Potieria defeated Shogun Rua in Rua’s retirement fight, earning him mockery from the fan base, but he is now at 1-1 in the UFC and at 19-3 overall would be an opponent. That’s right for the undefeated but inexperienced Petrino, who is now 8-0.

Petrino’s next fight: Ihor Potieria.

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