Hats off to Sean Shelby and Joe Silva, because the UFC 202 card was a success. Preliminary performances kept viewers on the edge of their seats and as the main card began, we saw thrilling performances and history in the making. Here are the Winners and Losers for UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor.
Should fight: Nate Diaz
Why they should fight:
This ill will bromance between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor has to end at some point right. Is it possible that a trilogy fight could surpass the performances they put on at UFC 202, let alone their first run in together. This fight was too close to call, it could have gone either way; 3-2 Diaz, 3-3 Draw but in the judges eyes McGregor’s rd 2 and 4 were what ultimately won him the match.
Dana has said that Conor’s next move win or lose, is a Featherweight title fight with #1 contender Jose Aldo, and at this point it seems like there is no running from this. It’s a business, and it seems like Nate is growing in terms of being business minded, with that said, the Madison Square Garden venue would be perfect to host a trilogy fight. We will be in store for one of the most important fights of all time.
Should fight: Daniel Cormier
Why they should fight:
Johnson once again proved to the world that he has the most powerful hands in the business when he made quick work of Glover, also doing it in a title eliminator fight. Johnson is now riding a 3 fight win streak in KO (Punches) fashion defeating Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira.
It’s a no brainer. With a sidelined Jon Jones and nobody else in contention race it would only make sense to set up; Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson 2. Daniel Cormier 18-1-0 (W-L-D) was sitting front row at UFC 202 during ‘Rumble’s’ call out embracing the crowds roar, this is definitely the fight to make for these LightHeavyweight powerhouses.
Should Fight: Edson Barboza
Why They should fight:
Donald Cerrone is what you call a true ‘fighter’, he took apart Rick Story with a beautiful 3 hit combo and to much of my surprise he looked even better in this fight than he did in his previous fight with Patrick Cote.
As usual Cerrone was very technically sound with his approach and since his defeat to former Lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos he has become a refurbished fighter. Cerrone’s UFC contract has expired and he may test free agency waters. After the fight Dana did say he would like to see Cerrone stay at 170lbs in the welterweight division and maybe even a chase for the title.
Edson Barboza 18-4-0 (W-L-D) is coming off a two fight win streak, with a memorable performance against Gilbert Melendez delivering devastating leg kicks. Both Cerrone and Barboza are ranked in the top 6 and with matchups already locked in within those ranks it would only make sense for matchmakers to set these two up.