Next Steps for UFC Fight Night 237 Losers: The Vanquished

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is doubling down on its commitment to Mexican talent. They’ve just cut the ribbon on a UFC Performance Institute in Mexico. This place isn’t just any gym; it’s a full-time academy starting with 20 athletes, aiming to bump that number to 25 in three years.

UFC Fight Night 237 was a blast, held at the Arena CDMX in Mexico City. The energy? Electrifying. Despite a near five-year gap since the UFC’s last visit, fans were as enthusiastic as ever. Sure, favorites like Brandon Moreno and Yair Rodriguez didn’t clinch wins in their fights, but the crowd was alive, rooting and cheering all night long. Now, let’s dive into the matchmaking for those who didn’t have their hands raised in victory at UFC Mexico.

Chris Duncan faced Manuel Torres and started strong but eventually found himself in a tight spot. Torres, with his grappling skills, managed to take Duncan down multiple times. Despite Duncan’s efforts to stand up, Torres got him in a rear-naked choke, leading to a submission. This loss ended Duncan’s undefeated streak since February 2022. Yet, he’s still a force in the lightweight division. A match against Jai Herbert or Ottman Azaitar could be next, as all three are looking to bounce back from recent losses.

Sam Hughes, despite a rocky start in the UFC, faced off against Yazmin Jauregui at UFC Fight Night 237. It was a tough night for Hughes, as Jauregui dominated the striking game and defended against takedowns with ease. The judges unanimously favored Jauregui. Hughes, now 3-2 in her last five UFC appearances, might find a good match in Montserrat Ruiz, who’s also looking to get back to winning ways.

Francisco Prado and Daniel Zellhuber gave fans a show to remember. Zellhuber’s striking was on another level, turning a competitive fight into a showcase of his skills. By the end, Prado was battered but showed heart. Despite recent losses, Prado’s potential is undeniable. A fight against Elves Brener or Ismael Bonfim could be an exciting next step, offering Prado a chance to prove himself against rising talents.

Yair Rodriguez had a tough night against Brian Ortega. Initially dominating, Rodriguez found himself on the losing end via a third-round arm-triangle choke. This marks Rodriguez’s first two-fight losing streak. Yet, a fight against Giga Chikadze could be an electrifying matchup. Chikadze, currently recovering from an injury, could be ready to face Rodriguez in what would be a striking fan’s dream match.

Brandon Moreno faced Brandon Royval in a nail-biter of a main event. The fight was a back-and-forth affair, with both fighters having their moments. In the end, Royval won by split decision. This loss marks a challenging period for Moreno, but he remains a fan favorite. A potential fight against Amir Albazi, who had to pull out of their scheduled bout due to injury, could be on the horizon. Albazi has already thrown some verbal jabs, adding intrigue to a future clash.

So, there you have it. The UFC’s night in Mexico City was filled with ups and downs, but the future holds exciting possibilities for these fighters. Whether it’s a chance at redemption or an opportunity to climb the ranks, each athlete has a path forward. And for us fans? We can’t wait to see what’s next.

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