UFC Sacramento Aftermath: Who’s Next for Saturday’s Top Fighters?

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    Josh Emmett Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

    It’s time once more to take a look at our fighters and see what could be on the horizon in the aftermath of UFC Sacramento.

    Back again, back again. UFC Sacramento flew way under the radar. With so many great knockouts, the UFC and Dana White get the last laugh. Let’s take a look at what’s next for our favorite fighters on the UFC Sacramento card.

    Josh Emmett Sparks Mirsad Bektic

    Josh Emmett absolutely flatlined Mirsad Bektic at UFC Sacramento. The Team Alpha MMA bomber has three devastating knockouts in his last four fights. Many people questioned how Emmett would return after that horrible Stephens KO and he’s shown the world he’s still elite. Emmett will rise even more in the featherweight division, and given his Performance of the Night bonus, he’ll likely get an exciting fight next.

    Mirsad Bektic couldn’t get anything rolling against Emmett. While he landed shots on Emmett, he never had him in any trouble. Unfortunately, he ate that monster shot and was put down with the ground-and-pound.

    Next Opponent for Josh Emmett: Renato Moicano, Calvin Kattar

    Next Opponent for Mirsad Bektic: Jeremy Stephens, Andre Fili

    The California Kid Triumphantly Returns

    Many people, myself included, called Urijah Faber foolish for taking on Ricky Simon in his return from a nearly three-year “retirement” from the UFC. Many people, myself included, ate crow 40 seconds into Faber’s return to the sport. While Simon pushed the pace quickly, Faber’s experience showed as he kept calm and landed the big overhand that put Ricky out. Faber called Henry Cejudo out. While that may be premature, it’s a story in the making.

    Ricky Simon looked to make a name for himself by beating such a legend. He looked good, applying his usual pressure, and threw a flying knee that could have been huge. Unfortunately, he was on the blunt end of a Urijah Faber knockout. He will bounce back, and still deserves a ranked opponent next.

    Next Opponent for Urijah Faber: Jimmie Rivera, Pedro Munhoz

    Next Opponent for Ricky Simon: Rob Font, John Dodson

    Quick Night of Work for GDR, Ladd Brings Weight Cutting Back into The Light

    It was a quick night for Germaine de Randamie. There’s not much to say about a 16-second knockout, to be honest. De Randamie had a beautiful feint that came before a cross that hit Aspen Ladd right on the button. Early stoppage or not, the fight is over. De Randamie looked good and took no damage.

    The real talking point of this fight was the weight cut Aspen Ladd had. She stepped on the scale looking like death. See for yourself:

    Ladd needs to move up to 145. Plain and simple. Her weight cut is too much and she is going to hurt herself or worse.

    Next Opponent for Germaine de Randamie: Amanda Nunes, Ketlen Vieira

    Next Opponent for Aspen Ladd: Megan Anderson, Cris Cyborg vs. Felicia Spencer Loser