UFC’s debut on Fox Sports 1 is now in the books and Al Dannity is here to look into what’s next for the winners and losers from Saturday night.
Winner: Chael Sonnen This looked like it was going to be the American Gangster’s retirement fight but Sonnen delivered his best display since his first fight with Anderson Silva. Sonnen wants Wanderlei Silva and it’s a fight that would sell but he’s also been called out by Vitor Belfort and Phil Davis. Whatever happens, Sonnen is definitely going back to middleweight so he can make the final title push of his career.
Loser: Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua Well this couldn’t have gone much worse. Shogun’s stock wasn’t exactly on the rise going into this fight but getting dismantled by Sonnen is a nightmare for the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion’s career. At 31, there should still be plenty in the tank but right now the Brazilian looks old. Another defeat next time out and he may want to call it a career.
Winner: Travis Browne Surviving that initial onslaught was good. Knocking out the Reem with that kick was better. The Heavyweight talent pool is so shallow that Browne might automatically get the winner of Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III.
Loser: Alistair Overeem Retirement may not actually be an option as he’s contracted with the UFC for 5 more fights at $250k a pop. Ovie however is in danger of getting cut. One more defeat and he’s surely done in the big league.
Winner: Matt Brown Beating Mike Pyle in 29 seconds gave Brown some well-deserved praise. Brown is now on a six fight winning streak and is all but guaranteed a fight with a Top 10 welterweight next time out.
Loser: Uriah Hall When Dana White says you don’t look like a fighter, the prognosis is grim.
Winner: Michael McDonald Brad Pickett deserves an honourable mention here for somehow surviving a ferocious onslaught from McDonald early. The win was stylish and just what the bantamweight needed to get back in to title contention.
Loser: Daniel Pineda It was obvious from the early going that whoever lost between Pineida and Diego Brandao was going to be in trouble. Neither man looked in adequate shape to go three rounds. Brandao, by virtue of not losing the fight, avoids ignominy. Pineda looks far from a UFC level fighter.
Winner: Conor McGregor The Notorious one answered most of the lingering questions on Saturday night. McGregor dominated Max Holloway and will surely make the main card next time out. The only question is how long the Irishman will have to wait after injuring his knee in the fight.