What’s Next: UFC on ESPN 10

Merab Dvalishvili, UFC
Merab Dvalishvili, UFC on ESPN 10 Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

This past Saturday on June 13 was the UFC’s third event at the UFC Apex since returning to action. Cynthia Calvillo won a decision over Jessica Eye in the main event. Marvin Vettori got his revenge against Karl Roberson in the co-feature. Today we will be taking a look at what’s next for the winners of UFC on ESPN 10.

Cynthia Calvillo

Cynthia Calvillo has put her self in a very good position by defeating number one contender Jessica Eye. Before the fight, Dana White made it clear that if Eye won she would get another shot at the title. Calvillo was making her flyweight debut so she likely won’t get the same treatment. Although this win probably puts her right in the mix at the top of the division. Joanne Calderwood is getting the next title shot so it looks like the obvious fight to make is Cynthia Calvillo vs. Katlyn Chookagian for the number one contender slot.

Bonus: Chookagian called for the fight after Calvillo’s win.

Calvillo’s Next Fight: Katlyn Chookagian 

Julia Avila

Julia Avila had a standout performance at UFC on ESPN 10. That came in the form of a TKO victory over Gina Mazany only 22 seconds into the first round. This win makes Avila 2-0 inside the UFC as she also has a decision win over Pannie Kianzad in July of 2019. Earlier in her career, Avila beat Nicco Montano to win the HD MMA women’s bantamweight title. She also has a win over Marion Reneau in her pro-MMA debut.

With Reneau sitting at number 10 and Montano sitting at number 15, it would seem like those two rematches might be the best options for Avila at the moment. Montano has only fought twice in the last three years and her last fight was a loss back in July 2019. With her future in the company uncertain, it looks like Avila’s next fight could be a rematch of her first pro fight.

Avila’s Next Fight: Marion Reneau

Merab Dvalishvili

After his decision win over Gustavo Lopez this past weekend, Merab Dvalishvili called out rising star Sean O’Malley. Although Dvalishvili had an extremely impressive performance, his record needs a little more work in the UFC. He started his UFC career with a decision loss to Frankie Saenz and a submission loss to Ricky Simon. Although he is on a four-fight win streak, it would be good to see him get another fight or two before the UFC gives him a big name like O’Malley.

Another fighter that recently called out O’Malley is Brian Kelleher. Although he has looked impressive in his time with the promotion, his UFC record also has some holes in it. He is currently 5-4 in the UFC. Even though he might not sit in the same position as Dvalishvili, Kelleher’s wrestling base would make for a great match-up. In Kelleher’s fights, we have seen a great wrestling base while he is also rapidly improving his striking.

Dvalishvili’s Next Fight: Brian Kelleher

Who do you think these fighters should be fighting next? Let us know in the comments down below.


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