Matchmaking Predictions for UFC 207’s Winning Fighters

Neil MagnyThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Las Vegas, NV last Friday night (December 30, 2016) with UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey. It was a less than stellar night of action that saw only three of 10 bouts end inside the distance. Now that the scraps are in our rear-view, let’s take a look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the victorious competitors from the evening… Dong Hyun Kim vs. Neil Magny Kim scored a controversial split-decision win over former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine and now enjoys a three-fight winning streak inside the Octagon. Magny scored a controversial decision of his own earlier in the night over former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and is now back in the win column following a first-round TKO loss to Lorenz Larkin. I think “Stun Gun” versus Magny makes for a solid matchup in the UFC’s 170-pound division and it is a fight that makes sense to me. Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno Borg earned a unanimous-decision win over Louis Smolka to kick off the main card and is now back in the win column following a unanimous-decision loss to Justin Scoggins. He missed weight for the bout but says weight cutting issues are behind him. For his next outing inside the Octagon, I would like to see him take on Moreno, who also owns a victory over Smolka and is coming off a unanimous-decision win over Ryan Benoit. I think Borg versus Moreno would make for a fun scrap in the UFC’s 125-pound division, and it is a bout I would like to see booked for a future card. Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Andrew Sanchez This potential middleweight matchup would pit two TUF winners against each other, and another thing they have in common is that they both are currently riding two-fight winning streaks. ACJ took a hard-fought unanimous decision over Marvin Vettori this past weekend while Sanchez earned a unanimous decision of his own against Trevor Smith a few weeks prior. I think this is a fight that makes a lot of sense at 185 pounds and could stylistically prove to be an entertaining one. I think this bout would be a solid addition to the main card for March’s UFC Fight Night 107 in Brazil, which will be headlined by a five-round middleweight tilt between Kelvin Gastelum and Vitor Belfort. Niko Price vs. Emil Weber Meek Price and Meek are two welterweights who are starting to make noise in the division with recent victories. Price was successful at UFC 207 with a first-round arm-triangle choke submission of Brandon Thatch, handing the Colorado-based fighter his fourth consecutive defeat by submission and likely sending him to the unemployment line. For his next UFC outing, I would like to see him take on Meek, who was successful with a unanimous decision over Jordan Mein a few weeks ago at UFC 206. I think Price versus Meek would be an excellent matchup in the UFC’s welterweight division and a fight I would love to see booked for a future fight card. I think it would be a likely ‘Fight of the Night’ contender on any card.

Written by Gabe Killian

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