Post-UFC on FOX 18 Matchmaking Predictions

Alex-CaceresUFC on FOX 18 came and went, producing a night of entertaining action that saw six of 13 bouts end inside the inside. Following the night of scraps, let’s take a look at a few potential match-ups featuring some of the competitors from the evening… Alex Caceres vs Charles Rosa Caceres made his return to the UFC’s featherweight division this past weekend and snapped a three fight winning skid with a unanimous decision victory over Masio Fullen. Now back in the win column, I’d be interested in seeing him take on Charles Rosa for his next outing. “Boston Strong” last saw action a couple of weeks ago, taking a unanimous decision over Kyle Bochniak and much like Caceres, he will be aiming to make it two in a row for himself in his next outing. I think Caceres vs Rosa would make for a very entertaining bout in the UFC’s 145-pound division and I would be excited to see it booked for a future fight card. I think it would be a great fit for the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card for April’s UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa, FL, which would be a backyard scrap for both Caceres and Rosa. Josh Barnett vs Junior Dos Santos Barnett suffered a surprising second round submission loss to Ben Rothwell this past weekend on the main card for UFC on FOX 18 in New Jersey and will be looking to bounce back into the win column next time he steps foot inside the Octagon. I think it makes great sense for him to take on Junior Dos Santos for his next outing in an ex-champion vs ex-champion match-up. “Cigano” is coming off a second round T/KO loss to Alistair Overeem in his last outing and Barnett would be an ideal opponent for him to bounce back against. I think Barnett vs Dos Santos would make for a very fun fight in the UFC’s heavyweight division and I think it would be a great fit as the co-main event for May’s UFC Fight Night in Brazil. Randy Brown vs Alex Morono Brown made his promotional debut this past weekend in New Jersey and scored a unanimous decision win over Matt Dwyer following three rounds of action. The undefeated fighter hopes to get back in the Octagon soon and extend his winning streak, and I think an opponent that makes great sense for his next outing would Alex Morono. “The Great White” took a controversial split decision over veteran Kyle Noke a month ago in his Octagon debut and hopes to make it two in a row in the UFC for himself in his next outing. I think this potential welterweight bout makes perfect sense as the next move for both 170-poundes and I would not be surprised to see it booked on a future fight card. I think it would be a great fit for the Fight Pass prelims of April’s UFC 197, which is rumored to be in Anaheim, CA, after the UFC’s New York City plans fell through. Tarec Saffiedine vs Albert Tumenov Saffiedine returned to action from an extended injury layoff and bounced back into the win column with a unanimous decision victory over fellow veteran Jake Ellenberger. For his next outing inside the Octagon, I would like to see him take on Albert Tumenov, who has been making some serious noise in the UFC’s welterweight division, most recently taking a split decision against Lorenz Larkin at UFC 195 a month ago. He currently enjoys a five fight winning streak inside the Octagon and would jump at the opportunity to make it six in a row against the veteran Saffiedine. After defeating the former Strikeforce middleweight champion, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion makes for a good target. I think this would be an entertaining striking battle and one I would not miss. I would like to see this potential welterweight scrap booked for the main card of April’s UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia.

Written by Gabe Killian

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