UFC Atlantic city did not disappoint. Lots of great fights were on display and scores were settled. But much like every fight, there has to be a loser, so let’s take a look at what could be next for the losers of the main card from UFC Atlantic city.
After a promising opening couple of minutes for the American, Hooker landed a knee which shut off the lights for Miller. There was no chance of recovery as Hooker landed a follow-up punch to put the fight beyond any doubt before the ref stopped the action.
Miller is on a four-fight losing streak, it’s unclear what the future will hold for the UFC veteran. He could retire, he could get cut from the roster, but a final fight against Stevie Ray would surely interest the 34-year old who expressed his desire to return to the octagon in July. Both fighters needing to return to the winning column and I’m sure it would make a great fight for both the American and the Scotsman.
— Jim Miller (@JimMiller_155) April 22, 2018
Brett Johns had a tough ask of him in his toughest opponent to date in Aljamain Sterling. Unfortunately for “The Pikey”, he seemed to fall short and I’m sure is disappointed with his performance. Sterling cruised through the fight and got the decision victory despite the Welshman’s best efforts.
With Johns coming off a loss, I can see a fight with Eddie Wineland in the making. They both need a win and Wineland is a nice big name for Johns to regain some of the momenta he has just lost. A tough ask, but a great matchup for the fans!
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— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) April 22, 2018
Thiago Santos barely got the chance to get going before David Branch planted him into the canvas with a perfectly placed hook on the chin. Despite winning his last four fights, Santos was unable to get the job done last night, and it was Branch who reigned victoriously.
After suffering his first defeat in his last fight, Eryk Anders would make a great matchup for Santos, similar fight styles and both guys needing their next win. I could see this fight being made in the very near future!
— McDuckMMA (@McDuckMMA) April 22, 2018
Chase Sherman lost his second fight in a row last night in a tough brawl against Justin Willis. Neither fighter seemed to take control of the fight but Willis did just enough to secure the win in a fairly unimpressive fight.
With both guys needing a win, I see Mark Godbeer being a good matchup for Sherman. They match up well and could use each other to move up to bigger and better opposition in the future.
— UFC (@ufc) April 22, 2018
”Killer” Cub Swanson felt the rematch with Frankie Edgar was his time to shine but fell short on the night. Edgar was in control for the majority of the fight and nothing Swanson did ever put “The Answer” in any kind of trouble. Edgar won a (30-27) decision quite convincingly.
Now riding a two-fight losing streak, Swanson needs a win desperately. Darren Elkins needs a big name on his winning streak and Swanson fits the bill perfectly. Who wouldn’t want to see that fight?
Edson Barboza, for the second fight running, encountered a wrestling masterclass which he could do nothing about. It was not a pretty fight as Lee dominated the entire time, Barboza landed a spinning kick from the depths of his soul but Lee recovered and took full control of the fight once again and breezed through with a great victory.
After both guys losing to Khabib, I can see Al Iaquinta getting the call to fight Barboza next. Iaquinta impressed many at UFC 223 and fully deserves a higher ranked opponent. Barboza needs to find his next win to be considered a title contender again in the lightweight division!
— Breyon (@bre_88) April 22, 2018