UFC Fight Night 107 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers
UFC Fight Night 107 didn't blow the doors off the hinges Saturday, but it provided several quality finishes.
In the main event, Jimi Manuwa established himself as a top contender in the light heavyweight division with a swift knockout against Corey Anderson.
Manuwa will be a very interested observer of the upcoming Daniel Cormier title defense against Anthony Johnson April 8. Did he do enough to earn the title shot?
Also in action, Gunnar Nelson took care of Alan Jouban in short order via submission. The win moves Nelson back into the welterweight picture and puts Jouban back on the preliminary card.
So, the question begs: What's next? That's what we're here to decipher. Here is a look at the matches the UFC should make for the winners and losers following UFC Fight Night 107.
Preliminary-Fight Quick Hits
Joe Duffy def. Reza Medadi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Joe Duffy vs. Paul Felder
- Reza Madadi vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Francimar Barroso def. Darren Stewart by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Francimar Barroso vs. winner of Patrick Cummins vs. Jan Blackowicz (April 8)
- Darren Stewart vs. Jared Cannonier
Timothy Johnson def. Daniel Omielanczuk by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
- Timothy Johnson vs. Travis Browne
- Daniel Omielanczuk vs. loser of Damian Grabowski vs. Christian Colombo (May 28)
Leon Edwards def. Vicente Luque by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Leon Edwards vs. Tarec Saffiedine
- Vicente Luque vs. Tim Means
Marc Diakiese def. Teemu Packalen by KO at 0:30 of the first round
- Marc Diakiese vs. Beneil Dariush
- Teemu Packalen vs. Alessandro Ricci
Brad Scott def. Scott Askham by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Brad Scott vs. winner of Anthony Smith vs. Andrew Sanchez (April 15)
- Scott Askham vs. loser of Devin Clark vs. Jake Collier (April 15)
Lina Lansberg def. Lucie Pudilova by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Lina Lansberg vs. Leslie Smith
- Lucie Pudilova vs. Bethe Correia
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Arnold Allen
Arnold Allen def. Makwan Amirkhani by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
What a showing by Arnold Allen!
A lot of talk coming into the bout was about Makwan Amirkhani, but the 23-year-old fought above his years with a quality showing against another talented fighter.
Amirkhani should take the loser of UFC 210's Myles Jury vs. Mike De La Torre bout.
Allen is now 3-0 in the UFC and on a five-fight win streak. It's time for a ranked foe. And Darren Elkins fits the bill.
Elkins is a tough, durable fighter who will push the youngster in all three rounds. The matchup will test Allen and see if he is ready for the next step up the ranks. Following Elkins' comeback win earlier in 2017, there will also be a bit of a bigger spotlight on the bout. Allen could make himself known to a larger audience.
Brad Pickett vs. Marlon Vera
Marlon Vera def. Brad Pickett by TKO at 3:50 of the third round
What a heartbreaking way to lose for the retiring Brad Pickett. On the flip side, what an exciting win for Marlon Vera.
With Pickett retiring, there is obviously no next fight for him.
It's a bit difficult to choose an opponent for Vera right now as he may take a fight at 135 or 145. Regardless, he should fight someone coming off a win or two but not anyone who is ranked inside the top 10. This gives the UFC a lot of options.
Featherweight is a much deeper division than bantamweight, but there's also more intriguing stylistic matchups. Let's hope he doesn't deplete his body for a continual cut at 135.
Gunnar Nelson vs. Alan Jouban
Gunnar Nelson def. Alan Jouban via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:46 of the second round
Gunnar Nelson's rise in the welterweight division got a cooler of ice cold water dumped over it when he was dominated by Demian Maia, but both of his showings since has revitalized interest in Nelson as a top-tier 170-pound fighter.
At UFC Fight Night 107, Nelson dumped that cold water on Jouban's rise.
Jouban is fun but has a lot of deficiencies. Facing the loser of UFC 210's meeting of Thiago Alves vs. Patrick Cote could deliver top-notch action for the fans.
Nelson should be looking at the top of the division. Who is ready for a fight? Robbie Lawler. Demian Maia is set to face Jorge Masvidal later this year, and a win should ensure Maia a title shot. But if he loses, the winner of a Lawler vs. Nelson battle could grab the slot instead.
It's an intriguing matchup worth putting on.
Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey Anderson
Jimi Manuwa def. Corey Anderson by KO at 3:05 of the first round
Corey Anderson got dealt a swift blow to his rising hopes in the division.
Matching up Anderson with Ilir Latifi is the best route to go. Latifi would be a strong underdog in that fight, and it would make the winner a viable candidate for another mid-range contender.
It's almost a foregone conclusion, barring any unforeseen circumstances, that Jon Jones will face the winner of UFC 210's title tilt between Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson.
However, should the UFC need another challenger prior to that fight, then Jimi Manuwa should claim a title bout. It's just not likely. He'll need one more fight. A title eliminator with the winner of UFC Fight Night 109's winner between Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira on May 28 would seem to be the fight to make.
Manuwa lost to Gustafsson in 2014, but there's not a lot of choice in the shallow pool at 205.