Oh, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC as we fondly call it, just wrapped up its fourth event of the year. UFC Fight Night 236, it was a spectacle, happening right in the heart of Las Vegas. This event, dubbed “UFC Vegas 86,” was a rollercoaster, showcasing some signature performances. Some fighters? They stamped their authority. Others, well, not the outcome they were hoping for.
Now, imagine this – the Super Bowl weekend was just around the corner. Las Vegas was buzzing, not just with football fans but with those sports bettors the UFC loves to court. Despite all that, the UFC decided, “Hey, let’s have a crowd-free event at the Apex.” Talk about subdued! Interestingly, the Power Slap 6 event on Friday seemed to stir more chatter than Saturday’s showdown featuring middleweight contenders Jack Hermansson and Joe Pyfer. Go figure.
So, UFC Fight Night 236 is now behind us. Let’s chinwag about those who didn’t have their hands raised. Yep, the fighters who faced defeat but are already gearing up for their next challenge. Here’s a peek at some potential matchups for the six warriors who didn’t clinch victory in Saturday’s main card.
First up, Armen Petrosyan. The guy faced a tough one, succumbing to a first-round submission by grappling maestro Rodolfo Vieira. Vieira, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu icon, played it cool at first, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. And strike he did, taking Petrosyan down and securing an arm triangle choke. Tough break for Petrosyan, snapping his two-fight win streak. What’s next? Maybe a bout with Dustin Stoltzfus, who’s fresh off a win, or perhaps a clash with Marc-Andre Barriault could be in the cards.
Now, onto Darrius Flowers. His fight against Michael Johnson was a real test, a chance to see how he stacks up in the talent-packed 155-pound division. Johnson, with his experience and hand speed, took the win. Flowers, now on thin ice after two losses, might find a match against Austin Hubbard an opportunity to turn things around. Hubbard’s also looking to bounce back after a loss, making this a potentially intriguing fight.
Brad Tavares is another fighter facing a rough patch, with three losses in his last four outings. His recent fight ended in a third-round TKO loss to Gregory Rodrigues. At 36, Tavares might not be eyeing the title anymore, but he’s not done yet. A fight against Julian Marquez or Abusupiyan Magomedov could be just what he needs to get back on track.
Robert Bryczek, despite a short notice, couldn’t overcome Ihor Potieria. Potieria, missing weight but still putting on a show, secured a unanimous decision victory. Bryczek, now pondering his next move, might find a suitable opponent in Zach Reese, who’s also looking to rebound from a UFC debut loss.
Andre Fili, oh, Andre Fili. Dan Ige quickly dispatched him in their co-main event bout. Ige’s strategy, disguising a powerful right hand behind jab attempts, worked wonders. Fili, now with a record of two wins and three losses in his last five, might consider fighters like Alex Caceres or Hakeem Dawodu for his next step. Caceres, coming off a loss himself, could present an interesting challenge for Fili.
Lastly, Joe Pyfer. Facing a seasoned veteran like Jack Hermansson, Pyfer showed aggression early on. However, Hermansson’s experience shone through in the later rounds, earning him a unanimous decision win. For Pyfer, this setback is just a bump in the road. A fight against Brunno Ferreira or Andre Muniz could be on the horizon, offering him a chance to prove his mettle once again.
So, there you have it. The aftermath of UFC Fight Night 236, with fighters looking ahead to their next battles. Who will rise? Who will fall? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure – the UFC never disappoints.