Matchmaking Predictions for UFC Fight Night 82’s Winning Fighters

Derrick-LewisUFC Fight Night 82 came and went, leaving behind a solid night of scraps. Now, following the night of action, let’s take a look at some potential match-ups featuring a few of the competitors who got their hands raised on Saturday night… Roy Nelson vs Derrick Lewis Nelson and Lewish each competed and were successful at this past Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas, where Nelson took a unanimous decision victory over Jared Rosholt in the co-main event of the evening and Lewis scored a TKO of promotional newcomer Damian Grabowski in the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card of the evening. I think Nelson vs Lewis makes sense as a next move for both heavyweights in this razor-thin division, with both of them now having victories over Rosholt in common. I think this potential heavyweight showdown would be a great fit as the co-main event for July’s TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas. Ovince St Preux vs Anthony Johnson “Rumble” is supposed to be next in line to take on the winner of Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones, but personally this is the match-up I want to see next for him. I think Rumble vs OSP is a recipe for fireworks and I would like to see the UFC make these two 205-pound warriors square off to determine who is the real number one contender. In fact, I think this potential bout would be a great fit as the co-main event for April’s UFC 197, which will have Cormier and Jones going to war in the evening’s main event. Justin Scoggins vs Kyoji Horiguchi This potential flyweight scrap between Scoggins and Horiguchi is a real Karate fans dream! I have no doubt these two will produce fireworks of pitted against each other inside of the Octagon and wish Sean Shelby and the UFC would book them for a future card. Scoggins and Horiguchi both come from Karate backgrounds, and in my opinion, are both elite 125-pounders. Scoggins is coming off an upset unanimous decision win over Ray Borg as this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas, and Horiguchi last saw action at UFC Fight Night 75 a few months ago, where he took a unanimous decision over Chico Camus, and sent the Duke Roufus product packing from the promotion with the loss. I think this potential flyweight scrap is a fight that would get any hardcore fight fan riled up and I hope to see it booked for a future fight card, preferably as the opening bout on the main card to the aformentioned UFC 197 in April. Alex White vs Alex Caceres The Battle of the Alex’s. I think White vs Caceres would make for a fun scrap in the UFC’s featherweight division, with White coming off a unanimous decision victory over Artem Lobov this past Saturday night in Las Vegas and Caceres taking a unanimous decision win over Masion Fullen a couple weeks prior at UFC on FOX 18 in Orlando. I think this potential 145-pound bout would make sense as the next move for both fighters and would like seeing it booked on a future fight card. I think it would be a solid fit for the televised preliminary card to April’s UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa.

Written by Gabe Killian

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