Matchmaking Predictions for UFC Fight Night 85’s Winning Fighters

Ross-pearsonUFC Fight Night 85 came and went, delivering a night of exciting action. Now with the entertaining night of scraps in our rear-view, let’s take a look at a few potential match-ups featuring some of the winning fighters from the evening… Neil Magny vs Dong Hyun Kim Magny now rides a three fight winning streak inside the Octagon and is now 10-1 in his last 11 outings. He is coming off the biggest win of his professional mixed martial arts career, which was a third round TKO of former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard at this past Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 85 in Australia. After surviving an early onslaught from Lombard and multiple knockdowns, Magny poured it on late to earn the stoppage victory. Following the victory, I think a match-up that makes sense for the Colorado-based fighter in the stacked welterweight division is one against veteran Dong Hyun Kim. I think Magny vs “Stun Gun” would make for a very entertaining fight, regardless of the outcome. I believe this potential 170-pound contest makes great sense for both fighters and I would like to see it booked for a future fight card. I think it would be a great fit as either the main or co-main event for UFC Fight Night 89 in Las Vegas this July. Dan Hooker vs Alex White I think Hooker vs White would be a great match-up to make in the UFC’s featherweight division, with Hooker coming off a first round submission win over Mark Eddiva this past weekend and White taking a unanimous decision victory over Artem Lobov just a few weeks back. I think this is a match-up that makes plenty of sense and would likely make for a fun scrap. I think this potential bout would be a solid addition to the main card of the aforementioned UFC Fight Night 89. Ross Pearson vs Winner of Khabilov/Wade Following his split decision win over Chad Laprise at this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 85 in Australia, I would like to see veteran Ross Pearson take on the winner of Rustam Khabilov vs Chris Wade, which is scheduled to take place at UFC Fight Night 87 in the Netherlands. The card will be headlined by a five right heavyweight tilt between Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski. I think it makes sense to pit Pearson against the winner of Khabilov/Wade and believe either match-up would be very interesting. Those are two fights you can sign me up for, and given the winner of Khabilov vs Wade gets out uninjured, I would like to see this potential scrap added to the preliminary card for UFC 200 in July. Jake Matthews vs James Krause I believe this would make for a phenomenal match-up in the UFC’s lightweight division and I would expect this potential 155-pound scrap to be a true barn-burner, likely producing fireworks from start to finish. Matthews was successful this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 85 in his native Australia by scoring a third round rear naked choke victory over Johnny Case, and for his next outing inside the Octagon, I would like to see him take on Krause, who is coming off a unanimous decision win over Shane Campbell and rides a two fight winning streak inside the Octagon. I think Matthews vs Krause is a match-up that is somewhat similar to Matthews vs Case, and I am very much interested in seeing how this potential 155-scrap would play out. I believe this would be another solid additon to the preliminary card for the aorementioned UFC 200 this July.

Written by Gabe Killian

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