Post-UFC Fight Night 83 Matchmaking Predictions

Chris CamozziThis past Sunday certainly was “Funday” with UFC Fight Night 83 delivering an evening of exciting action, 13 bouts in total, seven of which resulted in finishes. Now with the entertaining night of scraps in our rear-view, let’s take a look at some potential match-ups featuring some of the competitors from the evening… Chris Camozzi vs Uriah Hall This is a potential match-up in the UFC’s middleweight division that gets me really excited. I don’t normally get thrilled about Chris Camozzi match-ups, but that’s mainly because he is generally pitted against grapplers. In this match-up, however, he would be facing a fellow striker in Hall. This would be a rare “winner vs loser” match-up, with Camozzi coming off a first round TKO of Joe RIggs at this past Sunday night’s UFC Fight Night 83 main card, and Hall coming short on the judges’ scorecards against Robert Whitaker several weeks back. Despite coming off a loss, Hall is ranked #11 in the divisions rankings, while Camozzi is yet to crack the Top 15. I think Camozzi vs Hall would make for a very entertaining scrap in the UFC’s 185-pound division and it is a scrap I would love to see booked for a future fight card. In fact, it would be the perfect fit as the headliner for the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card to April’s UFC 197 in Las Vegas. Oluwale Bamgbose vs Garreth McLellan Bamgbose picked up his first UFC win with a first round knockout of TUF: Brazil season one veteran Daniel Sarafian and will be looking to make it two in a row in his next outing. I think a match-up that makes sense is one against South Africa’s Garreth McLellan, who also picked up his first Octagon victory in his latest outing, with a third round knockout of former Legacy FC middleweight champion Bubba Bush. Regardless of the outcome or how long it lasts, I think Bamgbose vs McLellan would be a fun fight and one that leaves the fans satisfied; which means, there’s a good chance somebody goes to sleep. I think this potential 185-pound contest would be a solid fit for the preliminary card to May’s UFC Fight Night in Amsterdam, which will be headlined by a five round heavyweight tilt between Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski. James Krause vs Paul Felder Talk about fireworks. This potential scrap would be a true barn burner in the UFC’s lightweight division and it is one fight I would love to see. I think this is matchmaking gold and is a match-up that makes a lot of sense as the next move for both 155-pound fighters. Krause earned a hard fought unanimous decision victory over Shane Campbell this past Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 83 in Pittsburgh, and Felder is coming off a third round rear naked choke submission over Daron Cruickshank in his most recent outing. Krause and Felder now share a win over Cruickshank in common, and I tink it is now a good time to pit them against each other inside the Octagon. I think this potential lightweight contest would a solid fit for the preliminary card of July’s UFC 200 in Las Vegas. Sean Strickland vs Ryan LaFlare I think this would be an excellent fight to book in the UFC’s welterweight division, with Strickland coming off a third round TKO of Alex Garcia this past weekend and LaFlare earning a unanimous decision over veteran Mike Pierce back in December. I think this potential 170-pound bout makes sense for both fighters and believe it makes for an intriguing match-up. I think this would be another fight would be a nice fit on the preliminary card for the aforementioned UFC 200 in July.

Written by Gabe Killian

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