5 fights to make after UFC Vegas 29
written by: Cam Bennett
Casey O’Neill vs Ariane Lipski
Casey O’Neill keeps her undefeated streak alive after this Saturday night in Las Vegas. Casey put her opponent into an unconscious heap after taking the back and sinking in the RNC in the third round of the first fight on UFC Fight Night 29. She is definitely someone to keep your eyes on in the women’s flyweight division and a prospect that has finished 4 of her 7 wins. I think she needs to continue to get brought up in the UFC without being thrown into the deep waters at 125. Someone like Ariane Lipski would be a nice step up who has been UFC tested and has more than double the experience in MMA than Casey.
Khaos Williams vs Mike Perry
If you haven’t heard, I am here to tell you, never miss a Khaos Williams fight. The man has insane hand speed and power in both hands to shut the lights out. I’ve watched all 4 of Khaos’s fights and he has yet to be in a boring one. His fight against Matthew Semelsberger was a nice bounce back since suffering his first loss in the UFC. It was a good look for him with a very game and tough opponent who also has knockout power. Khaos showed a great chin and some phenomenal pressure when moving forward on the feet. I am convinced that a fight against a fan favorite Mike Perry would be nothing but absolute fireworks and a favorite fight of the night. Talk about fighting in a phone booth; I’m not sure we would see the distance if those two collided.
Marlon Vera vs Cody Stamann
Marlon Vera was able to bounce back this past Saturday since his decision loss to Jose Aldo. He looked sensational against the game Davey Grant and took over in the second and third rounds and looking to finish the fight at all times whether it was through nasty elbows or the RNC attempt he threw at Grant in the third round. Vera called out Dominick Cruz afterwards, but Cruz mentioned in passing he would like someone up the rankings. In my opinion, I would like to see “Chito” fight Cody Stamann who is currently ranked #13 and is 19-4 in his career. Stamann is on a 2-fight losing skid but don’t sleep on him; Stamann is a very well-rounded fighter and a fight with Vera would be an absolute barn burner.
Serghei Spivac vs Sergei Pavlovich
The younger man in Serghei Spivac grinded out the win against the veteran Aleksei Oleinik. Spivac was able to fight off Oleinik’s ground game and take control in the top position in the second and third rounds. Spivac is now on a three-fight winning streak and surely will have a number next to his name come Monday. I think Spivac should keep slowly trying to climb up the ranks, and that would imply a run in with the number fourteen guy in Sergei Pavlovich. Pavlovich is 14-1, with a 11 of those wins coming by way of Ko/Tko. This fight would be the classic grappler vs striker matchup.
Korean Zombie vs Calvin Kattar
The Korean Zombie got back to his winning ways when he out grappled Dan Ige in their 5-round affair. Jung looked phenomenal and it was nice to see his grappling game incorporated this past Saturday. Jung is a very well-rounded fighter that can hang with the best in any area the fight goes. I think a matchup with Calvin Kattar would be another one for the memory books. Those two have the making to give the fans a fight of the year contender and it would be a nice #4 vs #5 match in the featherweight division.