UFC Houston: What’s Next for the Big Winners in Texas?
UFC Fight Night 104 took place over the Superbowl Weekend this Saturday in Houston. With an astonishing 7 of 12 fights ending via stoppage, many UFC contractees took this fight card as an opportunity to make their presence felt within the company.
The Texas crowd were treated like pure MMA royalty by the UFC‘s most exciting talent last night as finish after finish kept coming their way. From favorites to underdogs everyone was a winner and here we have compiled a list of what’s next for those winners.
It was no fortune for Marcel Fortuna when he bagged a shocking first round knockout over Anthony Hamilton. Though the win was more than decisive, Fortuna will likely return to his more natural division of Light Heavyweight, where he can fight his way up the rankings without the massive size disparity he encountered against an opponent who weighed in at over 40lbs heavier.
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Niko Price arguably made a statement just as big in the 170-pound division. His debilitating knockout of Alex Morono continued the momentum of his budding UFC career and underscored him as one to watch in the weight category. However, he will probably work on improving the issues that put him behind on the scorecards before his eventual KO win, before entertaining the idea of a ranked opponent.
Should he continue to prove himself in the shark tank that is UFC’s Welterweight division, the brash attitude he’s shown in his post fight interviews would make him a perfect match-up for The Platinum One himself, none other than Mike Perry.
A Contender in the Midst
Featherweight Chas Skelly earned his second straight submission victory last night, over Chris ‘Gritz’ Gruetzemacher, who is himself a grappling specialist. The impressive wins will likely be enough to earn himself a top-15 fight in the burgeoning 145-pound division, against a Brian Ortega or even a Yair Rodriguez.
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Admirable heart and a more-than-admirable chin seemed to be all that kept Angela Hill standing against Jessica Andrade, during what looked increasingly likely to be another KO finish. ‘Bate Estaca’ had a dominant performance even despite not getting the stoppage, and has made it known what she feels this lines up for her in the coming months: a date with the division’s reigning champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
An ‘Undead’ Title Run
Perhaps no other victory was as impactful as that of the main event. Chan Sung Jung, ‘The Korean Zombie’, returned to competition after an absence of more than three years. He dispatched Bermudez with a lightning-fast KO that will doubtless have implications for the top 5 contender’s picture in the division.
However, the quickness of his return bout meant that many questions that arose regarding Zombie’s physical condition – his previously injured shoulder for example – remain unanswered for now.
While the Featherweight championship is imminently tied up with Jose Aldo and Max Holloway regardless, Zombie will have a challenging fight up ahead to prove his worth in terms of title contention. Fighters like Jeremy Stephens that are also knocking on the door of the top-five will thoroughly test Zombie and make his path to the championship anything but a cakewalk.
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