UFC Fight Island 6 brought us a new contender in the UFC’s featherweight division. After Brian Ortega defeated Chan Sung Jung, Dana White said that he wants to give Ortega the next title shot. Jessica Andrade won big as well — but what about the fighters who came up short? Today we will look into what is next for the losers of UFC Fight island 6.
Chan Sung Jung
The Korean Zombie will have to win a few more fights to work his way back to a title shot. After Ortega gets his shot at the title, Zabit Magomedsharipov or Yair Rodriguez will likely get the next opportunity. If Zombie is lucky he will draw the loser of that fight and hopefully get his own chance within the next year or two.
The Korean Zombie’s next fight: Loser of Magomedsharipov-Rodriguez
Katlyn Chookagian was finished in the first round this past Saturday by Jessica Andrade. Before this loss, Chookagian was in a prime position to get another shot at the title. Since she lost the fight it would seem like she has at least two or three fights before she gets another title shot. Ahead of this event, Chookagian made some comments suggesting she might forgo fighting to start a family, although she later stated they had been taken out of context. If she does decide to fight again, Joanne Calderwood and Roxanne Modafferi look like perfect match-ups for her. Both fighters were recently booked and will be fighting in January, but some time off for Cookagian wouldn’t hurt after a rough loss to Andrade.
Chookagian’s next fight: Roxy or JoJo
Modestas Bukauskas fell short in his second fight in the UFC. Being finished by Jimmy Crute in the first round. Bukauskas was able to stuff a takedown early but ultimately got caught and finished shortly after. For his next fight, Bukauskas should be looking to fight a veteran of the sport, yet someone in a similar situation as he is in. Ike Villanueva is 16-11 but is 0-2 in the UFC, being finished in both of his UFC fights so far. Villanueva is also a striker that will look to stand and bang with Bukauskas. Both men are new to the UFC and are looking to prove themselves in their next fights.
Bukauskas’ next fight: Ike Villanueva
Claudio Silva lost a decision to James Krause this past Saturday. Although Silva showed his toughness by not letting Kraus finish him, he was outclassed the entire fight. Even after suffering an apparent knee injury following the first round, Krause was still able to pick Silva apart on the feet. Still, Silva is in the prime of his career and shouldn’t hang his head too low after this loss. His Jiu-jitsu makes a great match-up for Diego Sanchez. Sanchez has an extensive background in wrestling so it would be great to see if Silva can get Sanchez on the ground.
Silva’s next fight: Diego Sanchez
Thomas Almeida made his return to the octagon in a decision loss to Jonathan Martinez this past Saturday. After almost three years away from the cage, it seemed like Almeida was just one step behind Martinez the entire fight. Hopefully the fight shook off any rust. Almeida should test his luck against another veteran in his next fight. A good candidate would be Damon Jackson. Jackson recently made his return to the UFC with a submission win over Mirsad Bektic. Jacksons’ grappling would be a great test to see if Almeida’s jiu-jitsu is still as good as it once was.
Almeida’s next fight: Damon Jackson