What’s Next: UFC On ESPN 8

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Alistair Overeem Credit: Mike Sloan/Sherdog.com

Alistair Overeem defeated Walt Harris via TKO in the main event of UFC on ESPN 8. The card was filled with controversial decisions but today we will look into what is next for the winners of the night.

Alistair Overeem

After his win at UFC on ESPN 8, Overeem announced that he would like to get back into title contention. A win over number nine ranked Walt Harris shouldn’t push him too far in the rankings. With the top of the heavyweight division locked up at the moment, it gives very limited options to Overeem. Daniel Cormier has been granted the first shot at the title when Stipe Miocic is ready to fight. While Francis Ngannou has almost certainly locked up the next title fight after that. Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov will be fighting in the near future with the winner likely also in title contention. Overeem’s best possible outcome would be to fight the winner of Blaydes vs Volkov. Overeem lost to Blaydes a couple of years ago, while he’s never fought Volkov.

Overeem’s Next Fight: Winner of Blaydes-Volkov 

Claudia Gadelha

Claudia Gadelha was able to win a very close split decision over Angela Hill this past weekend. A win that a lot of fans argued should have gone to Hill instead of Gadelha. After her win, Gadelha called out Carla Esparza. Gadelha already holds a split decision win over Esparza in June of 2018. Being as though Gadelha just beat an unranked Hill and the top of her division is also very held up, it is smart for her to try and defeat number seven ranked Esparza in a more decisive fashion.

Gadelha’s Next Fight: Rematch With Carla Esparza

Kevin Holland

Kevin Holland had an amazing performance this past weekend, finishing Anthony Hernandez in the first round. Then in his post-fight interview, he said that he would like for his next fight to be at welterweight against Micky Gall. Holland weighed in for his fight against Hernandez at 182, three pounds below the middleweight limit. He stated that he came into fight week at 188. Holland has fought at welterweight before, knocking out Geoff Neal and losing a decision to Curtis Millender in 2017. Gall would be a perfect test to see if Holland can defend an elite level takedown at the 170-pound division.

Holland’s Next Fight: Micky Gall 

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