Matchmaking Predictions for UFC Fight Night 103’s Unsuccessful Fighters

Court McGeeThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Phoenix, AZ for the third time in promotional history with UFC FIght Night 103: Rodriguez vs Penn. The night had it’s ups and downs, and with the action now in our rear-view, let’s take a look at some potential match-ups featuring a few of the unsuccessful competitors from the evening… BJ Penn vs Artem Lobov If Penn has to continue fighting, this is a match-up that would make some sense. Other potential opponents could be Sam Sicilia or Chris Avila. Marcin Held vs Jon Tuck Held lost via controversial split decision against Joe Lauzon this past Sunday night and is now on a two fight defecit inside the Octagon. For his next outing, I would like to see him take on Guam’s Tuck, who is also on a two-fight skid at 155-pounds. I think this potential lightweight match-up makes sense as a next move for both fighters and it is a match-up I would be interested in seeing. I think it would would be a solid addition to the preliminary card for the aforementioned UFC 210 in Buffalo, NY this April. Court McGee vs Warlley Alves McGee came up short in a razor-thin unanimous decision loss to Ben Saunders and for his next outing inside the Octagon, I would be interested in seeimg him take on TUF: Brazil 2 welterweight tournament winner Alves, who is currently on a two-fight defecit in the UFC and will have his back against the wall his next time out. I think McGee versus Alves would be a solid potential match-up and is a scrap I would be quite interested in seeing. It is a fight that makes sense and I think would be a good addition to the prelims of any fight card. Dmitry Smoliakov vs Jarjis Danho Smoliakov lost via first round TKO against Cyril Asker and is now 0-2 inside the Octagon. Danho is also winless in the UFC in two appearances, so I think this is a match-up that makes sense in the UFC’s razor-thin heavyweight division. This would definitely be a “loser goes home” match-up, and while it’s not a fight I would look forward to seeing, I do think it would be a decent addition to the bottom of a preliminary card overseas.

Written by Gabe Killian

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