Post-UFC 195 Matchmaking Predictions

Michael McDonaldUFC 195 came and went, producing an exciting night of action from start to finish and kicking the 2016 calendar year off on a high note. Following the entertaining night of scraps, let’s take a look at a few potential match-ups featuring some of the competitors from the evening… Michael McDonald vs Thomas de Almeida I think this is the fight to make at 135-pounds. Striker vs Striker. A true barn-burner. This is a scrap fight fans would start itching for from the moment it is announced. McDonald returned to the win column this past weekend following a two year layoff and scored a come from behind second round submission win over a very game Masanori Kanehara. The Brazilian is coming off a knockout win over Anthony Birchak and is 4-0 inside the Octagon with four knockout finishes. I think McDonald would be a good step up in competition for de Almeida and the stiffet test of his 20-0 professional mixed martial arts career. Should do UFC book this potential match-up, I think it would make sense for the main card of either UFC 197 in March or UFC 198 in April, both cards which do not yet have confirmed locations. Abel Trujillo vs Evan Dunham Trujillo scored a first round guillotine choke submission win over Tony Sims at this past Saturday night’s UFC 195 in Las Vegas and made his way back into the win column. I think a match-up that makes sense as the next move for “Killa” would be one with veteran Evan Dunham, who is coming off last month’s unanimous decision win over Joe Lauzon. “3D” now enjoys a three fight winning streak inside the Octagon and I’d like to see him attempt to make it four in a row against Trujillo. I think this would be a great fight in the UFC’s lightweight division and would be happy to see it booked on a future fight card. I think it would be a good fit on the televised FOX Sports 1 preliminary card for either March’s 197 or April’s UFC 198. Andrei Arlovski vs Junior dos Santos I think this would be an excellent match-up to make in the UFC’s heavyweight division, bith both men coming off recent knockout defeats. This potential heavyweight bout makes a ton of sense and I’d like to see it booked on a future fight card once both big men are recovered and ready to return to action. This fight would definitely make for a solid fit on any Pay Per View or FOX main card. Alex Morono vs Sheldon Westcott Morono and Westcott were each successful in their bouts this past weekend, with Morono taking a controversial split decision victory over TUF 11 veteran Kyle Noke and Westcott earning a first round TKO victory over Edgar Garcia. I think this potential welterweight match-up makes plenty of sense and is the perfect next-move for both 170-pound fighters. I see them both presenting challenges for each other, so I would be interested in seeing how this potential welterweight scrap plays out. I think Morono vs Westcott would be a decent fit to any FIght Pass prelims on any upcoming fight card, except for UFC 200.

Written by Gabe Killian

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