In the main event of UFC Vegas 7, Frankie Edger won a razor-close split decision over Pedro Munhoz. Today we will be looking into what is next for the fighters who fell short at UFC Vegas 7.
Pedro Munhoz came into UFC Vegas 7 ranked number five in the UFC bantamweight division. Edger did come into the fight unranked at bantamweight but its no secret that Edger is a world-class veteran of the UFC. Since the fight was so close it is doubtful that Munhoz moves to far back in the rankings. With the top of the bantamweight division somewhat locked up for the next few months it would be great to see Munhoz fight someone like Jose Aldo or Raphael Assuncao in his next fight. After Aldo’s last fight against Petr Yan, it was left unclear whether he was going to retire or not. So to be on the safe side lets just predict that Munhoz’s next fight will be against Assuncao.
Munhoz’s Next Fight: Raphael Assuncao
In the co-main event, Mike Rodriguez was able to earn himself a KO win over Marcin Prachnio. This loss makes Prachnio 0-3 in his UFC career with all three losses coming by KO or TKO. Now in order to properly read that losing streak, you have to understand that those three losses came to a veteran in Sam Alvey, a rising star in Magomed Ankalaev, and a knockout artist in Mike Rodriguez. With that being said we have seen Dana White release fighters with much better records. Our prediction here is that White will release Prachnio and he will return to ONE FC.
Prachnio’s Next Fight: In ONE FC
Austin Hubbard was submitted by Joe Solecki in the first round at UFC Vegas 7. This loss brings him to 2-3 in the UFC. With all three of his losses coming to high-level grapplers in Solecki, Mark Madsen, and Davi Ramos. It would be a good idea for the UFC to try and test his striking some more. A fight with Nasrat Haqparast would be a great match-up to see where Hubbard’s skill level is at. Haqparast is 4-2 in the UFC with nine of his twelve wins coming by TKO or knockout. The timelines seem like they would match-up as Haqparast last fought on August 8.
Hubbard’s Next Fight: Nasrat Haqparast
Mariya Agapova was finished by Shana Dobson in her women’s flyweight bout this past Saturday at UFC Vegas 7. Agapova started the fight with a ton of energy but ended up having to be stretchered out of the arena because of what seemed like an adrenaline dump. With that being said this was only her second loss in her pro career making her 1-1 in the UFC. A loss against 3-4 Dobson certainly won’t look good on her resume but she should still be looked at as a young hungry prospect in the flyweight division.
Her next fight should be against Mizuki Inoue who also fought this past weekend. She dropped a decision to Amanda Lemos who just looked a little bit stronger then Inoue. Inoue also sits at 1-1 in the UFC but is way more experienced then Agapova with 20 pro fights. Like Agapova, Inoue is a world-class grappler with nine of her 14 wins coming by submission. This would be a great test to see just how good Agapova’s grappling is.
Agapova’s Next Fight: Mizuki Inoue
Dwight Grant lost via knockout to Daniel Rodriquez this past weekend, in a fight where he had Rodriguez hurt early only for Rodriguez to weather the storm, get up and KO Grant. Leading up to the fight Grant had two opponent changes with the last opponent switch coming the day before the fight. Luckily, Rodriguez’s opponent also dropped out of their fight which led to the UFC matching up Grant and Rodriguez.
This loss makes Grant 2-2 in the UFC and 10-3 overall. For his next fight, he should fight his original opponent Jared Gooden. Gooden had to pull from their fight initially because of an injury. With Grant getting knocked out he should be under some kind of medical suspension. This should give Gooden enough time to heal from his injury and be ready whenever Grant is able to fight again. Gooden will be making his promotional debut but has shown great striking and grappling on the regional scene. Especially in his submission win over Marcel Stamps and his knockout win over Trent McCown.
Grant’s Next Fight: Jared Gooden
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