written by: Cam Bennett
David Dvorak vs Rogerio Bontorin
The one they call “The Undertaker,” is truly living up to his name, and continues to prove that he is a dangerous threat in the UFC’s Flyweight Division. David Dvorak breezed easily through the late replacement Juancamilo Ronderos in the first round with a One Handed RNC. I think David is deserving at a shot at the Flyweight’s top ten since he is on a 16-fight tear, with 14 of those wins coming by finish. I would match him RogerioBontorin who is in the #9 spot since his win over Matt Schnell on UFC 262.
Ben Rothwell vs Blagoy Ivanov
Big Ben Rothwell came through with the submission win on the late replacement Chris Barnett in the second round. Rothwell has now secured 3 wins out of his last 4 and I feel like it is time to have him get another shot at the ranked of the division. I would say someone such as Aleksei Oleinik, but he is scheduled to take on Sergei Pavlovich. The next in line would be the one they call “Baga,” in the #11 ranked heavyweight in the world. Blagoy Ivanov is coming off 2 losses in a row, and I think Ben would like to challenge him for the number next to his name.
Jack Hermansson vs Brendan Allen
Let it be a lesson, always try and shoot your shot. Immediately after Jack Hermansson’s controlling unanimous decision over Edmen Shahbazyan, Brendan Allen let it be known that he would like to tango with “The Joker.” Tweeted by Allen, “Let me fight @jackthejokermma for who has the best ground n pound in the @ufc!!” The ground game matchup between these two would be absolutely phenomenal to witness. You don’t have to say anymore Mr. Allen, sign us up.
“Thug” Rose Namajunas vs Carla Esparza 2
Carla Esparza has definitely worked her way back into title contention. She has rattled off five wins in a row since her last loss to Tatiana Suarez. The “Cookie Monster,” looked more aggressive in the fight with Yan than she has in the past and unleashed some solid ground and pound from the crucifix position to end the fight. It has been phenomenal to watch Esparza and Namajunas grow since the first time they squared off, and it would be very interesting to watch for the second time since both have continued to mature in their careers.
Rob Font as backup fighter for Title or vs the Loser of Sandhagen vs Dillashaw
After the final bell rang to call an end to Font vs Garbrandt, I had felt like I had just watched someone come into their own, and a new title contender arise. Font looked absolutely fantastic with the distance on the feet and controlled every exchange in the striking department. Cody was finding success with the takedowns in round one, but Rob quickly addressed them and was in control in all aspects afterwards. A gritty and masterful performance by Rob Font; with this win I feel like Rob Font could play as a backup for the Aljo/Yan 2 fight, and if that doesn’t come to fruition, I feel like Font should get the loser of Sandhagen vs Dillashaw (which is a title eliminator). No fight under him makes any sense.