Bec Rawlings vs. Felice Herrig
Invicta and TUF veteran BEc Rawlings made and emphatic return from injury against decorated striker Seo Hee Ham and fought at a competitive level at the Korean’s own pace on the feet, as well as mixing it up when needed to pull a well earned judges decision victory to earn her second straight win in the UFC. After a return from a long layoff due to injury, a big name fight would certainly show us just how much the Australian native has progressed since moving over to the States and joining Team Alliance under the tutelage of UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Felice Herrig, who is also looking to make a comeback inside the cage sometime soon, will be looking to garner a big win to keep her No. 15 spot on the UFC rankings intact. A fight between these ultra-competitive women will surely show us just who is ready to make the steep climb up the rankings.
Jake Matthews vs. Kevin Lee
Matthews impressed many with his high profile Fight of the Night win over fellow up-and-comer Johnny Case. “The Celtic Kid” now moves to 4-1 while also impressively adding his fourth finish to his UFC run. Matthews has thus far shown the potential to be a huge star in the future if he can continue to add onto the successful run in one of the promotions most competitive divisions. One of the hottest fighters that will be looking to show that he is still a potential superstar in his own right is Kevin Lee. Lee is coming off a hiccup loss to Leonardo Santos last December and prior to this loss, was calling out many top stars in an effort to build his brand. Kevin Lee’s style also poses a threat that Matthews has yet to face in the UFC yet and makes for a qualified test to see just how bright Matthews’ star can shine.
Neil Magny vs. Tyrone Woodley
What a comeback. Magny has probably risen his stock higher than ever before after his come-from-behind victory over the former Bellator Middleweight champion Hector Lombard. After earning the biggest win of his career just after defeating Kelvin Gastelum last November, Magny has solidified himself as potential contender in the ranks. Magny, who has now gone 10-1 since 2013, has earned his chance to prove that he is a legitimate threat to the throne at 170 lbs. The best possible test to prove that would be against Tyrone Woodley. While many including Woodley, would say he is next for the Welterweight title, he has yet to compete since his win last January. Woodley as this juncture should look to solidify his status as number one contender and beating one more top ten ranked fighter would be able to dismiss any doubt left at all that he should be next for the title.
Mark Hunt vs. Velasquez/Browne winner
Very few men on this earth can take a punch from Mark Hunt. Mir proved to be among the large list that cannot. Hunt landed his signature right hand from hell that demolished the former Heavyweight champion inside the first round. This knockout puts Hunt’s finishing rate in the UFC at over 90%. The soon-to-be 42-year-old Hunt continues to defy Father Time and has compiled a 7-3-1 record across his last 11 appearances, with his only losses coming to No. 1 contender Stipe Miocic, former champion Junior dos Santos and current titleholder Fabricio Werdum. Hunt continues to remain adamant as well that he will one day return to contendership in the Heavyweight division. But if he can continue upon his reign of terror that his two-fight win streak might be indicating, we may or may not see Hunt fight for a title once again in the near future. A huge win is needed now to see just how capable Hunt is at this level in his career. A victory over top ranked Browne or former champion Cain Velasquez would definitely solidify him as one of the possible title contenders among several in a growing list at Heavyweight.