The second PPV event and first title fight of the year did not disappoint, with stellar fights and new 8K cameras. Kamaru Usman successfully defended his title for a third time against a tough contender in Gilbert Burns.
Alexa Grasso also made the walk to the octagon and dismantled a returning Maycee Barber who was recovering from a torn ACL and secured a unanimous decision. A bit of a renaissance happened for Kelvin Gastelum, securing a unanimous decision victory over up and comer Ian Heinisch.
With big wins across three stacked divisions, what is going to happen to the winners and losers of UFC 258, a question we will do our very best to answer accurately.
Kamaru ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Usman has proved to the world he is indeed ‘a problem’ for all welterweights, after securing a TKO victory over Gilbert Burns, Usman appears to be angling for a rematch with #4 welterweight Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal wanting to finish him in in stunning fashion.
The only person Usman does not have a victory over in the top 5 is #5 ranked Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, Thompson is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Geoff Neal and coould very well fight for a title at the end of the year if he can secure a victory over a tough top 5 opponent. For now the matchups that make the most sense for ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ would be a rematch against Jorge Masvidal or Colby Covington.
A six fight win streak broken this past Saturday at UFC 258 when Gilbert ‘Durinho’ Burns took his first loss since 2018. Burns suffered a TKO loss during the main event of UFC 258 to reigning champion Kamaru Usman. Burns is still considered one of the greatest fighters in the division and can make his way back to a title shot, a title eliminator against top wlterweight contender Colby Covington may very well be in the cards or a scrap with top 5 newcomer Michael Chiesa, either way, Burns will be looking to redeem his loss and make his way back to the title asap.
Alexa Grasso is now riding a 2 fight win streak after suffering a very questionable and controversial loss to Carla Esparza back in 2019. The Mexican is proving to be quite formidable in the women’s flyweight division and could very well take on a top 10 later this year, a few fighters come to mind when thinking about Grasso’s next fight, Roxanne Modafferi could be Grasso’s welcome to the top 10 and prove to see if Grasso is top 10 material, another fighter that comes to mind is Antonia Shevchenko, an amazing fight with an awesome clash of styles what’s not to love?
Maycee ‘The Future’ Barber suffered her second loss in a row to Alexa Grasso after coming back from a torn ACL, while Barber can still prove to be a challenge in the flyweight division, she needs to string together a few wins and get back on track. A bout with either Talia Santos or Gillian Robertson enters my mind, a win over either contender could give Barber a leg to stand on and get her on her way back up the ladder, a couple more losses however could result in ‘The Future’ being released.
Long time contender Kelvin Gastelum picked up a win over tough up and comer Ian ‘The Hurricane’ Heinisch sending a message saying he’s got plenty of juice left in the tank. The UFC veteran has been around for a long a time and knows his way around the octagon, a few big wins could set Gastelum in a title eliminator. Kelvin could very well face Uriah Hall or Jack Hermansson, both very skilled opponents a win for any of the following gentlemen could go a long way to securing a massive fight oppurtunity.
Ian Heinisch just lost arguably the biggest fight of his career, while there is still hope for ‘The Hurricane’ he needs to make up for lost ground and pick up a couple of big wins against formidable foes, a bout Sean Strickland or Brendan Allen are a couple of fights i would personally love to see, but of course, it is up to the ufc and the fighters.
The predictions made today are based off pure speculation and theorizing, these are just a couple of fights that seem to make sense.