Matches to Make for UFC Fight Night 105’s Losing Fighters

Carla EsparzaThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada last Sunday (February 19, 2017) for the second time in promotional history with UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis vs. Browne, where five of 11 bouts ended inside the distance. The scraps are now behind us, so let’s take a look at some potential matchups featuring a few of the losing competitors from the evening… Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt Ferreira lost a controversial unanimous decision to Canada’s Elias Theodoreau, which snapped a three-fight winning streak for the Florida-based Brazilian. For his next outing inside the Octagon, I would like to see him take on Nate Marquardt, who is coming off a recent unanimous-decision loss to Sam Alvey. I think this potential middleweight showdown makes sense for both fighters, and I would like to see it booked for a future fight card, preferably the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card for April’s UFC 210 in Buffalo, NY. Carla Esparza vs. Cortney Casey Esparza lost a controversial split decision to Canada’s Randa Markos, and she now finds herself back in the loss column following a unanimous-decision win she had picked up over Juliana Lima. For her next Octagon outing, I would like to see the California native take on Casey, who is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Claudia Gadelha in her most recent bout. Prior to that defeat, Casey defeated the aforementioned Markos via first-round submission. I think Esparza versus Casey is a potential matchup that makes sense for the razor-thin UFC women’s strawweight division. It would be a good fit for the preliminary card to May’s UFC 211 in Dallas, TX. Jack Marshman vs. Jack Hermansson Marshman suffered a second-round TKO against Thiago Santos and will look to get back on the winning track his next time out. Hermansson suffered a third-round arm-triangle choke submission against the aforementioned Ferreira when he last saw action. I think this battle of Jacks would make for a fun fight in the UFC’s middleweight division, and I would not mind seeing it booked for a future fight card. I think it would be a perfect fit for the preliminary card to May’s UFC Fight Night 109 in Denmark. Stylistically, I think it makes for an excellent scrap and feel it would contend for the evening’s ‘Fight of the Night’ honors, whether booked in Denmark or anywhere else.

Written by Gabe Killian

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