For being the UFC’s third event in a 10-day UFN 21 did not fail to deliver the goods. Other than a brief lighting malfunction the night went off without a hitch and the fights were great.
So with yet another event in the book it’s time for Sterling Spiars and I to breakdown what’s next for the night’s combatants. For this edition Mr. Spiars will be dissecting the winners and I the losers.
Siver entered the Octagon last night riding a four fight win streak—all finishes—and left on the wrong end of a beatdown.
TUF winner, Ross Pearson, thoroughly beat Siver in every aspect of the fight en route to a unanimous decision “Fight of the Night” victory.
This loss isn’t going to be the end for Siver but considering that the loss makes him 4-4 in the UFC he needs to get back into the win column fast.
Next up for Siver should be the winner between Terry Eitm and Rafael dos Anjos. Both are young up and coming talents and Siver would be a great test for either of them.
It’s sad to say because Quarry is such a class act, but against Jorge Rivera he looked old and slow. If I were in Quarry’s shoes right now, I would be strongly considering retirement. The guy has had a great career and as a fan, the beating Rivera gave him was difficult to watch.
Should Quarry want to continue his career, and I think he will, he will basically be feed to young fighters in need of a name win on their resume.
Young and talented, Croatian Goran Reljic fits that bill perfectly. Reljic is coming off of a loss to CB Dollaway and a fight with the battle tested Quarry could get him on the right track.
Struve may have been on the wrong end of a brutal KO against Roy Nelson last night but the young Dutchman has a very bright future ahead of him.
At 6’11”, Struve is a matchup nightmare for anyone in the UFC heavyweight division but his big problem is that he hasn’t learned how to fight tall.
Time and time again Struve allows his opponents to get inside his reach putting him at risk. Once he masters that reach of his he will be dangerous.
All last night’s fight showed me about Struve is that he still has a ways to go in his development as a fighter. A matchup against fellow Dutch kickboxer Antoni Hardonk would be a good route for Struve at this point.
Former Price lightweight champion, Takanori Gomi, made his UFC debut against Kenny Florian last night and it was not Gomi’s best showing.
Florian utilized his jab to perfection, controlling the action and picking Gomi apart. It’s pretty clear that Gomi is on the down side of his career. He’s still a talented fighter but in no way will he be competing for the title in the ultra competitive UFC lightweight division.
I think Gomi’s next Octagon test should come in the form of George Sotiropoulos—who is currently 5-0 in the UFC and is coming off a dominating performance over the always game Joe Stevenson.