Tue. Mar 21st, 2023

The UFC was back at the UFC Apex and while it was supposed to be a huge No. 1 contender fight with Islam Makhachev vs. Beneil Dariush, we got the King, Bobby Green stepping up on a 10 days notice.

Here are fights to make for the winners and losers of UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Green

Islam Makhachev

It was easy work for Islam Makhachev as he finished Bobby Green in less than one round. That is ten straight wins for him. The question is…should Makachev get a title shot with a win over Green? You can make a case. I’m not going to debate and I’m going to take the easy way out. He should either be rebooked with Beniel Dariush or get the title shot.

Wellington Turman

After getting starched twice in the first round on the verge of getting cut, Wellington Turman has now won two straight. This sport is wild like that. The UFC should rebook him vs. Rodolfo Vieira. The pair were scheduled to fight at UFC 270, but the bout was scratched.

Priscila Cachoeira

Lol. I guess Priscila Cachoeira won. She ended up defeating Ji Yeon Kim via a questionable unanimous decision. I was one of the people who thought the Brazilian should have been cut after her last fight for eye-gouging, so yeah. She should fight Jasmine Jasudavicius next.

Arman Tsarukyan

Arman Tsarukyan is a bad man. He destroyed Joel Alvarez and put the entire top 15 on serious notice. Since losing his UFC debut, Tsarukyan has rattled off five wins, finishing his last two fights via TKO. He has to fight Gregor Gillespie next.

Armen Petrosyan

What a fight. Armen Petrosyan defeated Gregory Rodrigues via a very close split decision in his UFC debut. Petrosyan is now riding a three-fight win streak. The Russian is going to be an excellent addition to the middleweight division. For his next fight, he should fight fellow dynamic striker Chidi Njokuani.

Ignacio Bahamondes

Ignacio Bahamondes continues to be must watch televison. He picked up his second UFC finish when he submitted Rongzhu in the third round. Bahamondes has looked awesome since losing his UFC debut and is only getting better. The Chilean fighter should fight Alexander Hernandez next.

Josiane Nunes

Josiane Nunes picked up her second UFC win by battering Ramona Pascual. Nunes has made a name for herself in her first two fights by throwing power shots. It really is insane that she fights at bantamweight, but it is what it is; hopefully, she will make her way to flyweight later in her career. She should fight Julia Avila in her next fight, which would be bonkers.

Terrance McKinney

Well, Terrance McKinney did it again. Another first-round finish, which makes it five in a row. He had been knocking people out beforehand, but he returned to his grappling roots when he submitted Fares Ziam in a little over two minutes. There is no doubt McKinney is a prospect to watch. He should fight another hot prospect, Mason Jones.

Jonathan Martinez

Jonathan Martinez is back on a two-fight win streak as he defeated Alejandro Perez via unanimous decision. Hopefully, the ‘Dragon’ can make it three straight in his next fight as he tends to win two and then lose only to win two again. Next, he should face Mario Bautista, who just fought last week.

Ramiz Brahimaj

After getting dominated in January, Ramiz Brahimaj returned on short notice and got back to his finishing ways. In under two minutes, he submitted Michael Gillmore to pick up another first-round win. For his fifth UFC appearance, he should fight Jason Witt.

Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez was successful in his UFC debut by winning a split decision over Victor Altamirano. Hernandez is now riding an eight-fight win streak since losing his professional debut. Next, he should fight Malcolm Gordon, who is coming off a TKO win.

Bobby Green – Jim Miller
Misha Cirkunov – Outside The UFC
Ji Yeon Kim – Victoria Leonardo
Joel Alvarez – Grant Dawson
Gregory Rodrigues – Puna Soriano
Rongzhu – Genaro Valdez
Ramona Pascual – Joselyne Edwards
Fares Ziam – Nikolas Motta
Alejandro Perez – Miles Johns
Michael Gillmore – Jonny Parsons
Victor Altamirano – Victor Rodriguez

By Alex Behunin

Alex has been an avid fan of MMA since 2005. He watched The Ultimate Fighter and was hooked ever since. His work has been featured on BloodyCanvas, MMAProspects, MyMMANews, The Sundial, as well as his own 'Humanizing Athletes' series. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @Alexbehunin.