The Thomas Transition: UFC 198
WOW what a night of fights. How about a brief recap!, An electric first round knockout in our main event of the night and we have a new Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. That “punchers chance” was all he needed apparently, synching himself a first round knockout over now former champion Fabricio Werdum. Not only do we have a new Heavyweight Champion but we also have a new middleweight contender or do we?(more on that later). The star shined through in her UFC debut with a first round knockout of Leslie Smith and now Cyborg Santos has a new career beginning, Shogun Rua gets back in the win column vs a tough Corey Anderson, and the Jiu Jitsu ace Demian Maia forces Matt Brown to tap . What’s next for the winners and losers of UFC 198 This is the article to findout. ” The Thomas Transition”.
Stipe Miocic: With a stunning knockout win over Fabricio Werdum, will the UFC give Werdum an immediate rematch?. Who knows but the UFC likes immediate rematches. But I am going to have to go with my instincts on this one and say no to Miocic vs Werdum 2. With plenty of challengers in waiting I feel a fresh fight for the new Heavyweight Champion makes sense with Stipe taking on Allistar Overeem sometime in the fall.
Jacare Souza: In my eyes last night was the biggest win of Jacare’s career. Whether he was fighting the post “TRT” Vitor Belfort or not a win is a win and Jacare didn’t just win he put a stamp on it. With this win over a longtime title contender I think it’s time for Jacare to get a Middleweight title shot, getting a crack at the winner of Rockhold vs Weidman. Only wrench in those plans is if Weidman wins, Rockhold might want the same immediate rematch that was given to Weidman. So Weidman vs Rockhold 3 is very possible before Rockhold vs Jacare 2 or Weidman vs Jacare 1. Only time will tell. Jacare should be rooting for the Champion Rockhold at UFC 199 June 4th. If Rockhold defends his belt I see a clash between the two in November or December.
Cyborg Santos: This fight was not a shock to me, no disrespect to Leslie Smith she always brings it but Cyborg is just on another level. With this win at a catchweight of 140 lbs. It is very tough to gauge what is next for one of the all-time great Women’s competitors. If she comes back to the UFC, the world’s biggest MMA organization, what weight will she compete at?. Currently the organization does not have a 145 lb weight class for Women (which i think they should). So without that weight class, Cyborg has two options. 1) Fight another catchweight fight. 2) Fight at 135 lbs. I see the first option being the best for her and for the UFC and a fight vs a top 5-8 Women’s Bantamweight makes sense. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Holm vs Cyborg. If current champion Miesha Tate can get through Amanda Nunes it seems the UFC wants Tate vs Rousey 3 (yawn). So a catchweight fight at 140 lbs with Holly Holm wouldn’t be out of the question whether Holm wins or loses her next fight vs Valentina Shevchenko on July 23rd. Holm vs Cyborg could be the main event for a PPV card and would be one of the biggest fight’s in Women’s MMA history.
Shogun Rua: The former 205 lb champ and PRIDE legend got back into the win column vs the game Corey Anderson via Split decision. Shogun had Anderson rocked early but Anderson kept coming. Whether you believe Anderson lost or not he proved he belongs in the UFC. I see a fight with Rashad Evans in the future. This was a fight that was set way back in 2011 for the UFC Light-heavyweight Title but never came to fruition thanks to an untimely ACL tear injury for Rashad Evans. Five years later the fight still makes sense. Rua vs Evans get it done Joe Silva!.
Demian Maia: We may not have seen as impressive a BJJ ace besides the now Former Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum. Maia finished off the most durable welterweight outside the top 5 in Matt Brown. With this win I think Maia should face a guy like Carlos Condit or Johnny Hendricks if he can get past Kelvin Gastelum in his next fight.
Now for the fighters that lost at UFC 198
Werdum: Rumor has it that Werdum already wants an immediate rematch set for UFC 200 July 9th. That’s doubtful but I wouldn’t be suprised. From a rankings standpoint maybe next up would be Ben Rothwell,Andrei Alrovski, or the winner of Velasquez vs Browne. Any way you cut it Werdum has an advantage over every fighter he just made a big mistake rushing in vs a guy like Stipe Miocic
Vitor Belfort: While this marks Belfort’s first loss in quite some time, as I have said we don’t know what we are really getting with Vitor. For every time he punted his opponent’s head off (Bisping,Rockhold,Henderson) there are fights like Weidman and Jacare where Vitor just looks flat. Which begs the question is his career success tainted? With him being a notorious rule bender pre- UFC USADA time has shown that sadly I may be right. But he has done a lot for the sport and for the company so it would not shock me to see him in there with a big name someone who not only he can cash in with a win, but someone who puts him in the immediate title picture Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort 2?. I would be down.
Leslie Smith: Not much to say for the now 8-7 Leslie Smith. She is always ready no matter what and she is as tough as they come but that only get’s you so far maybe Leslie can be booked with a veteran WMMA fighter again coming off of a loss like Sarah McMann.
Corey Anderson: Despite losing Corey Anderson really proved a lot last night. To me he proved that he belongs with some of the best of the best with the majority of the top 10 booked I see Corey waiting to see how things pan out but another top 10 Light-heavyweight fighter is likely next.
That’s all for the first edition of the Thomas Transition after each night of fight’s I will continue to write this and expand this segment as a preview for what’s next for the winners and losers of each fight. If UFC 198 was any consolation UFC 199 should be even better with Rockhold vs Weidman, Cruz vs Faber 3, and Dan Henderson vs Hector Lombard. Hopefully we do see BJ Penn make that walk to the octagon once again either way I will have you covered!.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/the-thomas-transition-ufc-198/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/531488612.jpg?fit=1024%2C682&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/531488612.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Combat SportsMMARecent PostsCyborg Santos,Damian Maia,Fabricio Werdum,Jacare Souza,Stipe Miocic,UFC,UFC 198,vitor belfortWOW what a night of fights. How about a brief recap!, An electric first round knockout in our main event of the night and we have a new Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. That 'punchers chance' was all he needed apparently, synching himself a first round knockout over now former...Ryan ThomasRyan Thomasbeantownboy92@yahoo.comContributorMyFantasySportsTalk