Read about the stunning knockout victory by Justin Gaethje and Alex Pereira’s impressive win in their respective fights. Discover the future of Dustin Poirier and the potential matchups he could face. Find out which division is the biggest moneymaker in MMA and the dream inter-promotion fight fans want to see. Get a preview of the upcoming bantamweight matchup between Cory Sandhagen and Rob Font.
The final week of July was huge in combat sports , with exciting events taking place in both the UFC and Bellator. One of the biggest highlights was Justin Gaethje’s knockout victory over Dustin Poirier in their BMF title fight. Gaethje continues to add to his highlight reel with another impressive win. Meanwhile, Alex Pereira, a former middleweight champion, made his light heavyweight debut and secured a split decision victory over Jan Blachowicz, putting him in contention for a second belt.
The Future of Dustin Poirier
Following his loss to Gaethje, Dustin Poirier finds himself at a crossroads in his career. He has recently suffered defeats to top lightweight contenders Gaethje and Charles Oliveira, leaving his path to a title fight uncertain. The UFC is likely to offer Poirier fights against young and talented opponents like Rafael Fiziev and Arman Tsarukyan to keep him in the mix. However, Poirier has expressed his desire to fight meaningful bouts rather than facing hungry up-and-comers.
Poirier’s best course of action now is to take some time off and wait for opportunities to arise. With his popularity and status as one of the best lightweights in the world, there are several potential matchups that could be on the horizon. Nate Diaz, Max Holloway, and even a trilogy fight with Gaethje are all possibilities. Poirier remains just a few wins away from another shot at the title.
Alex Pereira’s Impressive Light Heavyweight Debut
Alex Pereira’s move up to the light heavyweight division has been a success so far. Despite only having 10 professional MMA bouts under his belt, Pereira showed his skills and potential in his split decision victory over Jan Blachowicz. While Jiri Prochazka and Magomed Ankalaev currently rank ahead of Pereira in the division, his performance against Blachowicz solidified his status as a legitimate title contender.
Pereira’s transition from middleweight to light heavyweight has been seamless, and he has the potential to become a dominant force in the division. With time to settle into his new weight class, Pereira will only continue to improve and pose a threat to the top contenders.
The Biggest Moneymaker Division in MMA
When it comes to generating revenue, the middleweight division takes the top spot. While Conor McGregor’s return to the octagon would instantly make his weight class the most lucrative, middleweight currently holds that title. UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is an active and popular fighter, and a potential matchup with Khamzat Chimaev has the potential to be a blockbuster event.
Justin Gaethje’s Impactful Win
Aside from his own victory, Justin Gaethje’s knockout of Dustin Poirier was the biggest win in MMA during the past week. Gaethje continues to prove himself as one of the most exciting fighters in the sport, and his highlight-reel knockouts only add to his reputation. Gaethje’s win over Poirier solidifies his position as a top lightweight contender and sets up potential future matchups with other elite fighters.
Dream Inter-Promotion Fight
While cross-promotion fights are unlikely to happen, the dream matchup between Bellator’s Cris Cyborg and the PFL’s Kayla Harrison would be a spectacle in women’s MMA. Both fighters have limited options within their respective promotions, and a matchup between them would be the best possible fight in the division.
Cory Sandhagen vs. Rob Font
In the upcoming bantamweight matchup between Cory Sandhagen and Rob Font, Sandhagen is the clear favorite. Font has struggled against elite opponents in the past, and Sandhagen’s well-rounded skill set and unique striking abilities make him a formidable opponent. While Font has strong boxing and stopping power, Sandhagen’s footwork and striking variety give him the edge in this matchup.