With a card that could of easily fit under the Main Event at a PPV, UFC Calgary was always going to be an entertaining night of fights and it certainly lived up to the expectations of many. In this article, we will look at who the UFC could match up next for the fighters who failed to get their hands raised on the main card.
Despite a four-fight win streak, Olivier Aubin-Mercier failed to make good on the opportunity given to him at UFC Calgary. Aubin-Mercier seemed beaten in all aspects of the fight and failed to gain any sort of rhythm in front of his home fans. The future is still bright for the Canadian who I’m sure will be more hungry than ever to return to the octagon.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier could find himself with Abel Trujillo next. Both fighters need to return to the win column and a fight between them would be a very entertaining watch.
Tecia Torres had no answers to the strong will and frightening presence of the former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. “Tiny Tornado” was able to clinch Jedrzejczyk on occasion, but failed to take the fight to the floor where she wanted it, instead the Polish striker was able to separate and impose her will on Torres.
Next for Torres could be a fight with Cynthia Calvillo, who is currently serving a small suspension from USADA, but will be ready to return to the action very soon. Both fighters have lost their last fights and could use each other to springboard themselves up to bigger and better fights.
Jeremy Stephens fell short on the biggest fight of his career thus far. Stephens was coming off a three-fight win streak and two straight highlight reel K.Os. But on the night it was the former king of the featherweight division’s time to shine again. Stephens started strong and appeared to rock the Brazilian, but a body shot that echoed around the arena put Stephens down and was the beginning of the end for the Californian.
Stephens could fight Ricardo Lamas next. Lamas has lost his previous two fights, but Stephens would surely be interested in that fight as the winner would immediately be back in the title picture.
Eddie Alverez lost the rematch to Dustin Poirier after the first fight finished so controversially. Alvarez started off very strong and seemed to be in control of the fight, but after referee Mark Goddard stood the fighters up after an illegal elbow from “The Underground King”, it was Poirier who took control and secured the TKO victory.
Anthony Pettis should be next to fight Alvarez to try and avenge their previous meeting. Pettis looked superb last time out at UFC 226 and proved he is still one of the best lightweight fighters on the globe. And who wouldn’t want to see that fight?