The London card on Saturday was not disappointed as European after European picked up exciting wins. Contenders, future title challengers and up-and-comers alike saw UFC London be one of the most successful, fight wise, UFC Fight Pass events.
Here’s a look at what could be next for the winners and losers of UFC Fight Night London.
Jimi Manuwa vs. Alexander Gustafsson/Glover Teixeira winner
A winner of three of his last four, Jimi Manuwa has placed himself in talks for a title shot in 2017. After starting out his career 14-0 with three straight TKO victories in the UFC, he went on a skid with two losses in his next three fights to Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson.
With KO victories over Ovince St. Preux and Corey Anderson following the ‘Rumble’ loss, Manuwa will be looking for a fellow top 5 opponent to showcase his skills.
A rematch with Alexander Gustafsson could be in place if ‘The Mauler’ can get past Glover Teixeira in the main event in Sweden. A rematch with Gustafsson or a fresh matchup with former title challenger Teixeira will put Manuwa in place for that coveted title shot late in 2017.
Gunnar Nelson vs. Dong Hyun Kim
The Icelandic submission artist added another name to his list. After dropping Alan Jouban on the feet, Nelson submitted him on the ground with a first round Guillotine choke for his third win in four fights. His only UFC losses have come by a split-decision against Rick Story and a unanimous decision loss to Demian Maia.
‘Gunni’ is climbing up the Welterweight division with six UFC wins by submission. Coming in at number nine in the division’s rankings, a top 10 fight is surely in order.
The majority of the top 10 is in need of an opponent. Nelson stacks up well with many of the top 10 and is deserving. A fight with Dong Hyun Kim, who sits at number seven, could be his next fight within the next three months. Other possibilities could be former champ Robbie Lawler, Donald Cerrone or Carlos Condit.
Marlon Vera vs. Brett Johns
Vera was put in a difficult situation. Just weeks of notice,against a retiring fighter and in that fighter’s hometown. No problem for Vera.
After two very close rounds, Vera picked up the headkick KO over the hometown kid Brad Pickett, spoiling the retirement party. In the post-fight interview, Vera was very respectful of Pickett and earned some British fans at the same time.
His next opponent could be Brett Johns if Vera wants a quick turnaround. Johns was expected to face Ian Entwistle on the London card. Entwistle was unable to compete due to complications from weight cutting, leaving Johns without an opponent. An undefeated professional, Johns would be the biggest opponent of Vera’s career.
Arnold Allen vs. Jeremy Kennedy
The battle of undefeated UFC Featherweights did not disappoint as exciting grappling exchanges set the tone as Arnold Allen continued his UFC undefeated streak against Makwan Amirkhani. Allen impressed for his third consecutive win in the UFC with wins over Alan Omer, Yaotzin Meza and now Amirkhani.
Taking limited damage, Allen could be ready to go as soon as late spring, possibly the Sweden card in late May. Jeremy Kennedy picked up an impressive win over Rony Jason last weekend in Brazil and should be ready around the same time. The two could be vying for a top 15 spot in the Featherweight division.
Joseph Duffy vs. Paul Felder
Despite this being the last fight on his contract, Joseph Duffy went in and got the job done against a savvy veteran in Reza Madadi.
If Duffy decides to continue his career in the UFC, solid fights are ahead for him after an impressive performance. Fellow Irishman Paul Felder is always up for a fight and is coming off two wins over good competition. A win over each would have some pull for the other, especially a finish.
Corey Anderson vs. Ilir Latfi
Alan Jouban vs. Nordine Taleb
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Rony Jason
Reza Madadi vs. Chris Wade
Francimar Barosso vs. Steve Bosse
Darren Stewart vs. Saparbek Safarov
Tim Johnson vs. Travis Browne
Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Marc Diakase vs. Alan Patrick
Teemu Packalen vs. ‘Maestro’ Dong Hyun Kim
Leon Edwards vs. Sergio Moraes
Vicente Luque vs. Court McGee
Bradley Scott vs. Alberto Uda
Scott Askham vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Lina Lansberg vs. Marion Reneau
Lucie Pudilova vs. Veronica Macedo