UFC’s first event on ESPN+ was undoubtedly a great success. It featured some crazy upsets as well as some excellent performances by veteran fighters in addition to some controversy. Let’s take a look at some potential matchups that could arise following UFC Brooklyn: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw.
Conor McGregor vs. Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone
Cerrone had an excellent performance tonight versus the confident young gun, Alex Hernandez. At 155, there are so many fun matchups for Cowboy but the most compelling right now would be versus Conor McGregor. Both these guys want the fight so why not make it happen? It would be the perfect comeback fight for Conor and if Cowboy wins he should be next in line for a title shot.
Cejudo vs. Dillashaw 2
Cejudo smashed Dillashaw tonight and did exactly what he needed to do – finish emphatically. However, some feel like the stoppage was a little too soon and given Dillashaw’s record, there is definitely an argument for doing this fight again. Doing it for Dillashaw’s belt at 135 makes some sense especially with the future of the 125lb division still up in the air.
Paige VanZant vs. Joanne Calderwood
Both Paige and ‘JoJo’ had great performances tonight so a fight between the two makes some sense. With the women’s flyweight division being so new and wide open, the winner of this fight could find themselves in the title picture sooner rather than later.
Glover Texeira vs. Jimi Manuwa
Glover showed his experience tonight, surviving an early onslaught from his opponent before finishing him with his exceptional arm-triangle choke shortly thereafter. A good next fight for him would be against Jimi Manuwa, another older fighter who’s had mixed success as of late and is actually ranked above Glover right now.
Andrei Arlovski vs. Greg Hardy
Because why not? This would be a fun fight if nothing else. Let’s see if Hardy’s athleticism and power have anything for Arlovski’s vast experience and skill.