Matchmaking Predictions for UFC Fight Night 85’s Losing Fighters

Chad LapriseUFC 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 losing fighters from the evening… Frank Mir vs Loser of Werdum/Miocic Coming off his first round knockout loss to Mark Hunt at this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 85 in Australia, I would like to see the veteran Mir take on the loser of UFC 198’s Werdum vs Miocic title fight, which is scheduled to take place in May. I would be very much interested and excited to see Mir vs Werdum, as I believe they have the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu games in the heavyweight division, plus the fact that they both improved their striking late in their career makes things a little more interesting. I am less excited for the potential of Mir vs Miocic, but nonetheless, I think that would make for an interesting pairing. Hector Lombard vs Johny Hendricks I think Lombard vs Hendricks would make for a phenomenal match-up in the UFC’s welterweight division, with both 170-pounders coming off recent TKO defeats and looking to get back on track. Lombard was stopped by Neil Magny in the third round of their contest this past weekend after nearly finishing the fight in the first, and Hendricks was dismantled by Stephen Thompson in the first round of their bout a week backs prior. Lombard and Hendricks are well-rounded fighters who hit very hard, not to mention they are similar in physical size. I think this is a potential match-up in which anything could happen, and regardless of the outcome, I believe fight fans would be in for a treat. I think this fight would be a great addition to the main card for July’s big UFC 200, or possibly as the headliner to the FOX Sports 1 prelims for the event. Chad Laprise vs Scott Holtzman I believe this would make for a very fun fight in the UFC’s 155-pound division, with both lightweights coming off defeats and looking to get back on track. Laprise came up short in a split decision loss to Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 85 in Australia this past weekend and Holtzman dropped a unanimous decision to Drew Dober a couple of months ago. I think this would be a fun ‘striker vs striker’ match-up that could be a contender for the evening’s ‘Fight of the Night’ honors, regardless of the card it is on. Stylistically, I see this potential lightweight scrap as being a very fun one and I would like to see it booked for a future fight card. I think it would be a solid fit for the televised preliminary card to July’s TUF 23 Finale. Johnny Case vs Shane Campbell Coming off a third round rear naked choke loss to Jake Matthews this past weekend, I would like to see Johnny Case take on Canada’s Shane Campbell for his next outing inside the Octagon. I believe Case vs Campbell would be a barn-burner in the UFC’s lightweight division and would very much like to see it booked for a future fight card. I think this potential 155-pound scrap would be a solid addition to either the main or preliminary card for UFC Fight Night 90 in Las Vegas this July.

Written by Gabe Killian

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