UFC 220 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers
UFC 220 took place this past Saturday at the TD Garden Arena in Boston. Headlining were two fantastic title fights that delivered and left a lot of questions waiting to be answered.
In the co-main event, Daniel Cormier defended the light heavyweight belt against Volkan Oezdemir with a second-round TKO. Cormier now has options for his next defense, but perhaps the UFC should look beyond the obvious options at 205 pounds.
The main event pitted the latest UFC star, Francis Ngannou, against its top dog—Stipe Miocic. The Cleveland native proved that hype can only get you so far as he dominated the ferocious striker en route to a clean sweep on the judges' scorecards.
After a night full of action the focus will be on what fights should come next for the winners and losers.
Well, that's what we are here to answer. These are the matches to make following UFC 220.
Preliminary Fights Quick Hits
Islam Makhachev def. Gleison Tibau by KO at 0:57 of the first round
- Gleison Tibau should be cut from the roster.
- Islam Makhachev vs. Kevin Lee
Enrique Barzola def. Matt Bessette by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Matt Bessette vs. Makwan Amirkhani
- Enrique Barzola vs. Ricardo Lamas
Julio Arce def. Dan Ige by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Dan Ige vs. Brandon Davis
- Julio Arce vs. Mads Burnell
Dustin Ortiz def. Alexandre Pantoja by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Alexandre Pantoja vs. loser of Deiveson Alcantara Figueiredo vs. Joseph Morales (February 3)
- Dustin Ortiz vs. John Moraga
Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Sabah Homasi by KO at 3:47 of the first round
- Sabah Homasi vs. Galore Bofando
- Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Thiago Alves
Kyle Bochniak def. Brandon Davis by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Brandon Davis vs. Dan Ige
- Kyle Bochniak vs. winner of Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alexander Volkanovski (February 11)
Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font
Rob Font def. Thomas Almeida by TKO at 2:24 of the second round
Thomas Almeida was once thought to be a future champion in the bantamweight division, but he has now lost three of his last four while suffering a lot of damage.
On the flip side, Rob Font looked spectacular as he ascends up the ranks in the 135-pound division.
Almeida needs to regroup once again. Facing Diego Rivas would offer him a favorable matchup while not completely going to the end of the line. Rivas was 2-0 in the Octagon prior to a decision loss to Jose Alberto Quinonez. A win revamps Almeida, but it is also a big opportunity for Rivas.
Font deserves a big fight, and perhaps no bigger fight in the division would come against Raphael Assuncao. The Brazilian is in position to challenge for the belt, but with a looming superfight between T.J. Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson he is available for another date.
It's one of the more safe fights for Assuncao to take in the interim but offers Font a massive opportunity to enter the title talk.
Gian Villante vs. Francimar Barroso
Gian Villante def. Francimar Barroso by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Gian Villante got back in the win column with a decision victory over Francimar Barroso.
Barroso should meet Jeremy Kimball next. It's a fine preliminary fight for just about any card, but not one anyone will care about.
Villante will need to try to get a streak going if he wants to do anything of note in the light heavyweight division. The fighter who makes the most sense is Jan Blachowicz. Blachowicz is set to fight against Jimi Manuwa again (h/t MMAFighting.com's Peter Carroll). A win won't move Blachowicz into a title shot and a loss won't move him into irrelevancy. Win or lose it's a best-case fight for Villante and the UFC.
Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar
Calvin Kattar def. Shane Burgos by TKO at 0:32 of the third round
Calvin Kattar made a statement in his UFC debut by knocking off Andre Fili, and then he returned to action at UFC 220 with a finish of Shane Burgos.
Burgos is still a prospect to watch. Which means the UFC should be careful how it books his next outing. Mike Santiago lost his UFC debut, but he'll be given another chance. Burgos should get this fight as a reset before advancing this year.
Kattar needs to take another step forward in a stacked featherweight division.
Renato Moicano is without a fight and has a number by his name. That's perfect for Kattar and the UFC.
Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir
Daniel Cormier def. Volkan Oezdemir by TKO at 2:00 of the second round
There are plenty of critics, but Daniel Cormier is the undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion. In his post-fight interview in the Octagon, Cormier said he felt like this fight was for a vacant belt and he got the win.
Volkan Oezdemir will learn from this experience. He'll have to take some time to improve, but when he returns, picking an opponent won't be any easier. The division is a mess.
The best plan for the fallen challenger? A European date against Misha Cirkunov. It's not the sexiest bout, but it is serviceable for whoever wins.
As for the champion? Perhaps we should wait for the next slide before getting into that...
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou
Stipe Miocic def. Francis Ngannou by unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)
Stipe Miocic toppled the new UFC darling and became the first heavyweight to ever defend the belt three consecutive times.
Francis Ngannou showed a lot of heart, but his inexperience certainly showed. The fight will serve as one of his greatest learning experiences. Which is scary for the future.
Ngannou should be handled delicately by the UFC. It knows the book is out on him now and should rebuild him slowly, allowing him to grow. Timothy Johnson will test his grappling without being a massive threat. It's a great way to help Ngannou on his path.
Miocic could meet Fabricio Werdum again or potentially welcome Cain Velasquez back. However, neither are the fights that should happen. Miocic should fight Daniel Cormier.
Does Cormier want that fight? That's a question for another time. But it is the first option the UFC should address.
As Cormier's career winds down, giving him one last big fight to define his legacy would be incredible. And it's not a typical superfight where the larger man has a distinct advantage. Cormier is a former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion and was undefeated in the division in the UFC. It's a fantastic fight.
It's a perfect fight at the perfect time. Both divisions need this fight to happen. The UFC should pony up to try to make it happen.