Matches to make for Jiri Prochazka, other UFC 275 winners
The next crop of fighters that are in line for the winners of UFC 275.
The world of MMA never stops and that’s never more true for the winners of UFC 275. Arguably one of the best cards in history, if not recent memory. The card saw two of the best female fighters ever put on incredible performances to get the win. It also saw two rising prospects in the welterweight division prove they’re ready for more. It also saw the crowning of Jiri Prochazka as UFC light heavyweight champ in one of the most spectacular fights fans have ever seen.
But what comes next for the winners of UFC 275?
That’s an interesting question and one that may be answered sooner rather than later by the UFC matchmaking crew. Until then, however, we have some suggestions that fans will absolutely adore. Well, we hope, anyway.
Fights to make for Jiri Prochazka and the other winners at UFC 275
Jack Della Maddalena vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Jack Della Maddalena had an incredible TKO win at UFC 275, and what better way to bring the prospect along than to throw him against Francisco Trinaldo. Trinaldo is nearly 20 years older than Della Maddalena, but his experience is the point. Prospects need to be tested and a guy like Trinaldo will test Della Maddalena. If Della Maddalena is ready to move up from prospect status, this will be the fight to make.
Jake Matthews vs. Michel Pereira
Jake Matthews isn’t currently ranked in the UFC’s welterweight ranking, but he should be. He’s a tremendous talent and it’s time we started testing him against the top talent. Michael Pereira is a name that should prove whether or not Matthews is ready for a more hearty dish or if he’s going to keep crushing soup cans for un.
Zhang Weili vs. Carla Esparza
This one is obvious. I don’t believe in automatic rematches, Carla Ezparaza is the champion, and Zhang Weili should be the number one contender. It’s a simple fight to make.
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Alexa Grasso
Valentina Shevchenko retained her belt in a bit of a back-and-forth affair. Some will want Taila Santos to get a rematch, but automatic rematches for the sake of them don’t float with me. Alexa Grasso should be next in line. She’s on a three-fight winning streak and has the important distinction of not having fought Schevchenko before.
Jiri Prochazka vs. Jan Blachowicz
Again, no automatic rematches. Glover Teixeira lost, pure and simple. The next man up is Jan Blachowicz then, and that’s a fight all of Europe will turn out for. Blachowicz is a byproduct of KSW out of Poland, while Prochazka is a byproduct of Japan’s RIZIN. They’re both two guys who dominated in other promotions, came to the UFC, and knocked out a whole host of guys. This is a super-fight between two modern European fighting icons. It’s a better money bout, especially if you intend on holding it somewhere in western Europe.
Published at Mon, 13 Jun 2022 00:09:24 +0000