Rustam Khabilov def. Leandro Silva by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Three straight wins for Khabilov. Silva was a good test, but Khabilov earned a bigger fight with his showing. Joe Duffy may not be the fight the UFC is seeking, but it's the fight the UFC should book. Duffy needs one more win before another big opponent, and Khabilov gets a shot at a notable lightweight.
Silva replaced Reza Madadi on the card. When Madadi is set to return, book this fight. It makes sense and should provide for an exciting undercard contest.
Jack Hermansson def. Scott Askham by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
The middleweight contest was a fun scrap. More importantly, it was a good debut for Hermansson.
Askham performed admirably. A return bout against Vitor Miranda is a matchup that will both push his development and reward him for his UFC Fight Night 93 showing. It's not a premiere contest, but it is also not a matchup that buries him.
Hermansson should immediately get a big test. That's what Rafael Natal is on the roster to do—test out the prospects. He's a gatekeeper to the top 15, and Hermansson should be tested to see where he is at in this division. A loss to Natal doesn't hurt him other than to show he isn't quite ready for the leap. But let's find out if he is ready.
Christian Colombo and Jarjis Danho fought to a majority draw (28-28, 29-27, 28-28)
This was a dreadful heavyweight fight. Danho gassed out, but Colombo wasn't quick enough to capitalize. If Colombo had any sort of speed behind his striking, he would have won the fight without issue. Instead, the incoming molasses of strikes made little impact.
Book Todd Duffee against either man. It will be a good return for Duffee who should win by devastating knockout. Whoever the fighter left out of that fight should be booked against a UFC newcomer. The UFC needs more bodies in this division anyhow; why not make use of an underperforming heavyweight to welcome them to the show?
Taylor Lapilus def. Leandro Issa by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Issa repeatedly tried to get the fight to the canvas. He failed. He lost. That's about the gist of the fight. Chris Beal is on the cut line with three straight defeats, but he still has some value. Give Beal one more shot against a one-dimensional fighter in Issa.
Lapilus, on the other hand, looked very good in the cage. His defense was sharp, and his offense put the fight out of reach. A jump up in competition against Frankie Saenz is a good reward for the result. A win puts him in the rankings.
Ashlee Evans-Smith def. Veronica Macedo by TKO at 3:14 of the third round
Macedo did well enough, but she was woefully undersized. If she can make the 115-pound weight limit, she should drop down. I won't suggest a fight there until she officially drops weight. As such, looking at the bantamweight roster, Anna Elmose is someone who makes the most sense.
Evans-Smith was not impressive against a smaller, less experienced short-notice fighter. But she won. Who's next? The winner of UFC 203's Jessica Eye vs. Bethe Correia contest. The winner of that contest vs. Evans-Smith will have meaningful implications for the division.
Peter Sobotta def. Nicolas Dalby by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Dalby has plateaued. His last two outings, both losses, have shown his ceiling is not incredibly high in the welterweight division. However, he still brings it. That's why a fight with UFC Fight Night 93's Jim Wallhead makes sense.
Sobotta looked quite good. Fellow Fight Night 93 performer Jack Hermansson called out Thales Leites (h/t MMAjunkie), but I like that fight for Sobotta much more. Sobotta vs. Leites is a better matchup for where they are in their careers, and the result has a more direct impact on the division.
Jessin Ayari def. Jim Wallhead by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
The featured prelim was a forgettable affair.
As previously mentioned, Wallhead should meet Dalby. It'll be a fun fight for any future European fight card.
Ayrai slipped by with the decision win, but where should the UFC go from here? Ayrai's next fight perhaps should be the winner of UFC 203's CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall contest. Ayari didn't show any elite-level skills that make him a steep mismatch for either Gall or Punk (the jury is still out on what Punk can actually do).
Given what the UFC is in a position to do with the winner of that matchup, Ayari seems as good as an option as anyone else.