UFC Fight Night 118 Results: Matches To Make For The Winners And Losers

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Israel Adesanya def. Derek Brunson by TKO at 4:51 of the first round.


Israel Adesanya has arrived. The star everyone hoped he would be is exactly who he is. This was the coming-out party against a ranked foe. Brunson's performance left a lot to be desired, but a lot of credit for that must go to the accurate and dynamic striker that is Adesanya.

Brunson's descent has been curious to watch. Against Adesanya, Brunson went for the same takedown attempt again and again without mixing it up. Adesanya caught on, and that's when the fight changed. What happened to Brunson?

He needs a fight to try to gain past form. Alessio Di Chirico could be the right choice. Di Chirico has won back-to-back fights, and a fight opposite Brunson would give him an opportunity to join the top 15.

Adesanya is a bona fide contender. Maybe the UFC should make him the alternate for the upcoming Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum title fight. Let's assume both fighters make weight and fight, where does Adesanya go from there?

The other contender options are limited to Luke Rockhold or the winner of Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa. Both are high-risk fights. But that's where he is at as a top contender.

Wait for the winner of the Romero-Costa bout and make it a title eliminator for 2019.

Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2804378-ufc-230-results-matches-to-make-for-the-winners-and-losers

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