UFC Fight Night 25: What's Next for the Losers?
The UFC is pretty consistent in giving fans at least one memorable fight each card, and there is no question that Jake Ellenberger’s destruction of Jake Shields will stay in the minds of everyone for months to come.
Overall, it wasn’t the best Fight Night card the organization has put on, and it seemed a little anticlimactic as the final Fight Night to air on Spike, but impressive performances by Ellenberger and Alan Belcher made the card memorable in its own way.
As much fun as it is talking about the winners, this article is all about the losers—and the best way for them to rebound.
After a tough month, it’s hard to penalize Shields for getting stopped by a top contender like Jake Ellenberger, but to be realistic it may be time for Shields to move back to the middleweight division.
Honestly, Jake hasn’t looked half as good as he did in Strikeforce since moving to the UFC, and the weight cut may be the problem.
Plus, with teammate Nick Diaz joining the division he may as well move up to avoid any potential matchup with his friend.
A fight with an established veteran like Wanderlei Silva or Yoshihiro Akiyama would be a nice way to make his middleweight debut.
Yang isn’t exactly a household name in the UFC, but this loss shouldn’t hurt him too badly since he went toe-to-toe with former TUF winner Court McGee.
The third round of the fight was incredibly exciting, and Yang showed he has the tools to hang with UFC level competition—and it’s likely that he returns to the Octagon soon.
A fight with Rafael Natal would make sense as a decent return fight early next year.
In a rather uninspiring return to the Octagon, Brookins was unable to get Erik Koch to the mat and paid the price by losing a unanimous decision.
The UFC loves to promote their TUF winners, and Brookins is in a pretty weak weight class so he’s likely to get another good fight next time around.
Rani Yahya would be a pretty good opponent, and his ground game would make for an exciting fight.
MacDonald looked overwhelmed against Alan Belcher tonight and, at 36 years old, his chances of reaching title contention again are likely over.
He is a fan favorite, and the UFC loves adding local fighters to international cards, so I’d expect him to be back in action soon—possibly by UFC 140 in December.
Lets match him up with Jorge Rivera in a fight in which the loser will probably be gone from the UFC for good.