UFC on Fox 24 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers
UFC on Fox 24 from Kansas City saw Demetrious Johnson do his thing.
That thing was styling all over another poor flyweight soul, Wilson Reis, and defending his title for a record-tying 10th time. It was another stellar performance from an all-time great.
In the co-main event Saturday, Rose Namajunas knocked down and choked out Michelle Waterson. Entering the event, most of the media buzz was surrounding Waterson, who had signed with WME-IMG agents. Namajunas put a swift end to that ride for the UFC's owners.
Those were just the two highlights at the top of the card. As always, we wonder what's next for the winners and losers.
Well, let's find out. Here's a look at the matches to make for each participant on the UFC on Fox 24 fight card.
Preliminary Fights' Quick Hits
Ketlen Vieira def. Ashlee Evans-Smith by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Ketlen Vieira vs. Katlyn Chookagian
- Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Irene Aldana
Zak Cummings def. Nathan Coy via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 4:21 of the first round
- Zak Cummings vs. Belal Muhammad
- Nathan Coy vs. Sean Strickland
Anthony Smith def. Andrew Sanchez by KO at 3:52 of the third round
- Anthony Smith vs. Brad Scott
- Andrew Sanchez vs. loser of Thales Leites vs. Sam Alvey (April 22)
Devin Clark def. Jake Collier by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Devin Clark vs. loser of Alexander Gustafsson vs. Glover Teixeira (May 28)
- Jake Collier vs. Scott Askham
Aljamain Sterling def. Augusto Mendes by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Aljamain Sterling vs. winner of John Dodson vs. Eddie Wineland (April 22)
- Augusto Mendes vs. loser of Pedro Munhoz vs. Damian Stasiak (May 28)
Tim Elliott def. Louis Smolka by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Tim Elliott vs. Ian McCall
- Louis Smolka vs. Jenel Lausa
Rashid Magomedov def. Bobby Green by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Rashid Magomedov vs. Nick Hein
- Bobby Green should be cut from the roster
Tom Duquesnoy def. Patrick Williams by TKO at 0:28 of the second round
- Tom Duquesnoy vs. Joe Soto
- Patrick Williams vs. loser of Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez (June 3)
Alexander Volkov def. Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alexander Volkov vs. winner of Andrei Arlovski vs. Marcin Tybura (June 17)
- Roy Nelson vs. loser of Damian Grabowski vs. Christian Colombo (May 28)
Jeremy Stephens vs. Renato Moicano
Renato Moicano def. Jeremy Stephens by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Renato Moicano took advantage of his main card tilt by getting a narrow decision victory over the No. 5-ranked featherweight contender. Moicano has largely gone unnoticed due to inactivity, but that'll change now.
The unfortunate part is that the fight wasn't that exciting, so fans won't be clamoring for a high-profile fight. That's fine. The featherweight division is stacked, and Moicano still needs multiple wins before contention. Another featherweight in a similar spot is Shane Burgos.
Burgos and Moicano would fit in nicely on a Fox Sports 1 prelim card, and the winner would get a nice boost up the featherweight ladder.
Stephens would still get a high-profile fight and stay in the rankings. A brawl with Dooho Choi would serve to be a fine fight, with the winner reclaiming a contender's role in the division.
Ronaldo Souza vs. Robert Whittaker
Robert Whittaker def. Ronaldo Souza by TKO at 3:28 of the second round
Robert Whittaker is a title contender, but the division is on hold thanks to Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre. Just ask Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero. All contenders are in a holding pattern.
Jacare Souza finally looked his age in the fight against the up-and-coming Whittaker. From the outset he looked slow, and Whittaker's quick hands only highlighted that fact. Souza is likely on the downside of his career, but the middleweight division itself is old.
The winner of David Branch vs. Krzysztof Jotko's May 13 matchup would be an excellent choice for Jacare's next opponent.
Rockhold reached out to MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani to say he wants to fight Whittaker. On paper, it's a great fight. With the state of the division, it's a tough sell. Both the winner and loser would practically maintain their current position. It's best to hold off on that fight.
Either Rockhold or Whittaker should fight Romero in a true title eliminator with the other fighting another top 10-level opponent. It's up to the UFC to decide which route they want to take. Whittaker, riding high off another big win, would make more sense than Rockhold at this juncture.
Rose Namajunas vs. Michelle Waterson
Rose Namajunas def. Michelle Waterson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:47 of the second round
The UFC has routinely jumped the gun on Rose Namajunas. When she was on The Ultimate Fighter, it tried deeming her the next Ronda Rousey. When she demolished Paige VanZant, it rushed her into a title eliminator that she lost. Now, it is doing it again—but this time its options are limited.
Namajunas looked outstanding, but UFC commentator Jon Anik rushed to anoint her as the next title contender. Hold the phone.
No. 1-ranked contender Claudia Gadelha will meet No. 2-ranked Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 212 (h/t Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting). Gadelha, with two losses to Joanna Jedrzejczyk, likely won't get the title shot with a win, but Kowalkiewicz very well could. Sure, she recently lost to the champion herself. But her most recent win is over Namajunas, and a win over the top-ranked contender will surely move her to the top spot.
Oh, and there's an October event scheduled in Poland. It all makes too much sense.
Should Gadelha win, Namajunas is in the catbird's seat. Should Kowalkiewicz win, it'd be a shame to rush Namajunas into a title shot while Kowalkiewicz is more deserving. It's just too early to hand Namajunas the title shot with this fight on the books.
Oh, and Michelle Waterson? A rematch with Jessica Penne would be magnificent.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis
Demetrious Johnson def. Wilson Reis via submission (armbar) at 4:49 of the third round
Wilson Reis is just another flyweight who walked into the Octagon to take a beating against the best mixed martial artist in history. Demetrious Johnson is that good.
Reis can meet Ray Borg in a big flyweight bout later this year. The winner is in title contention, but that's just a slot for someone to catch a beating from the champion.
The real question is what's next for Johnson? Rematches or a superfight against the winner of Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw?
The latter is what truly makes sense. He's cleared out the division, and a superfight is what he deserves. It's also a much, much steeper test for him as an athlete. He failed to capture the gold against Dominick Cruz before the flyweight division opened, but now after years of development, he can try once more.
If he stays, Joseph Benavidez earned his rematch. It's just not exciting.