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A new contender emerged in the UFC heavyweight division Saturday when Alexander Volkov scored a career-altering knockout of Fabricio Werdum in the UFC Fight Night 127 main event.
Volkov (30-6 MMA, 4-0 UFC) shut the lights out on former UFC titleholder Werdum (23-8-1 MMA, 11-5 UFC) when he landed a devastating fourth-round knockout in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed headliner at The O2 in London, further legitimizing himself as a potential title threat.
Prior to Volkov’s performance, several others on the main card produced crucial career wins. Jan Blachowicz (22-7 MMA, 5-4 UFC) got some revenge in his co-main event rematch, Tom Duquesnoy (16-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) bounced back from his first UFC loss, and Leon Edwards (15-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) pushed his winning streak to five.
After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC Fight Night 127’s winning fighters.
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Should fight: Neil Magny
Why they should fight: Edwards enhanced his standing in the UFC welterweight division when he beat Peter Sobotta by late third-round TKO to improve his current winning streak to five fights.
“Rocky” attempted to call his shot in his post-fight interview. He said he wants the vacant spot against Darren Till in the main event of the UFC’s debut in Liverpool, England, in May, but with Till looking to fight a marquee name in the division, the chances of Edwards getting that fight seem low.
It’s possible Edwards could get the spot if all else fails, but realistically, he’ll likely have to look elsewhere. He said a good backup plan would be to fight at UFC 226 in July so he can get some exposure on American soil, and given the fact his fights have been largely restricted to the European scene, it’s not a bad idea.
Edwards desperately wants to fight a top-10 opponent at 170 pounds, and given who could be available by July, Magny (20-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) seems like an appropriate step up. Magny said he wants to make his octagon return in the summer, and a matchup with Edwards has all the ingredients for a perfect fit.
Mark de la Rosa
Should fight: Mark De La Rosa
Why they should fight: Whether the decision was just or not, Duquesnoy’s performance against Terrion Ware proved he still has a lot of room for improvement before being regarded as a top-flight bantamweight.
Duquesnoy escaped the fight against Ware with a unanimous decision, helping him rebound from his first UFC loss, which came against Cody Stamann. It was a close and competitive fight that, for a 23-year-old prospect like Duquesnoy, will only be valuable for growth.
At this point it’s in Duquesnoy’s best interest to gain more experience against unproven competition at 135 pounds. De La Rosa (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) hardly represents a freebee win, but “Fire Kid” would definitely go into the potential matchup as a sizable favorite.
Should fight: Mauricio Rua
Why they should fight: It wasn’t long ago when Blachowicz seemed in danger of being let go from the UFC roster. Now he’s a winner of three-straight and in a better position than ever in the light heavyweight division.
Blachowicz showed the evolution of his fighting skills when he avenged a 2015 loss to Jimi Manuwa with a unanimous decision win in the “Fight of the Night.” The fight was a far cry from Blachowicz’s loss in the first meeting between the pair, and in a weight class shallow on relevant contenders, the Polish fighter is suddenly right there.
Following the win, Blachowicz called his shot as far as what should be next. He said he’d be open to a trilogy bout with Manuwa, but more than that he wants a crack at former UFC champ Rua (25-10 MMA, 9-8 UFC). That seems like the better option from Blachowicz’s perspective, given both men are on three-fight winning streaks and “Shogun” is currently not booked for a fight.
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Volkov should fight the winner of the June’s UFC 225 matchup between Blaydes (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Overeem (43-16 MMA, 8-5 UFC).
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