Cain Velasquez vs. Rothwell/Werdum winner
Velasquez returned in prime Velasquez fashion Saturday night in dismantling Travis Browne by strikes in the first round. It seems that whenever Cain faces a loss, he comes back even more destructive than before. Hopefully we will get the chance to see if that intensity remains before seeing him fight for the title again. Facing the winner of Werdum and Rothwell will be all too telling as well as likely to see us award the next title shot to a worthy contender.
Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor/Max Holloway
Another former champion returned in phenomenal fashion as Aldo bounced back from his title losing knockout loss to Conor McGregor with a definitive performance against former Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, winning over the unanimous nod from the judges after going another five full rounds with his New Jersey rival. Aldo has now earned himself the Interim Featherweight title and the right to face Conor McGregor whenever the Irishman decides to be a Featherweight again. Another possible option that is open to Aldo while he waits for Conor to face Nate Diaz at UFC 202, would be to face Hawaiian superstar Max Holloway. Holloway has garnered the longest winning streak a UFC fighter has ever amassed while not concurrently being a champion and has defeated the likes of Charles Oliveira, Jeremy Stephens, Cub Swanson and Ricardo Lamas all of which were at one point ranked in the top ten.
Daniel Cormier vs. Johnson/Teixeira winner
While Cormier did not get the opportunity to get back at his lone loss with Jon Jones, and seemingly might not get that chance for years, Cormier must now move on. With now the entire Light Heavyweight division in his sights, Cormier must now await his next challenge. Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira will meet at UFC 202 and with both men ranked in the top five, the winner of this titanic bout is likely to earn the next championship opportunity.
Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena
The first openly-gay women’s Bantamweight champ made history for herself and Brazil with her historic victory over longtime veteran Miesha Tate and in the main event of one of the biggest cards in UFC history. Can’t make a bigger statement than that. With the division essentially playing hot potato with the belt ever since Holly Holm snatched it from the hands of Ronda Rousey last November, it will be interesting to see what may happen in Nunes’ first title defense. With Holm facing Shevchenko later this month, Tate healing a broken nose, and Ronda still MIA, only one other woman in the division right now makes sense. That would be Ultimate Fighter winner Julianna Pena who defeated former title challenger Cat Zingano earlier on the epic card via unanimous decision in what a hotly and closely contested battle. Pena has won four straight since coming off of the Ultimate Fighter show and defeated two top 15 ranked women in Jessica Eye and now Cat Zingano. This fight will be very telling of where the division is at right now and where Nunes’ place in the history book lies