What’s Next: UFC Vegas 28 Losers

Walt Harris UFC Vegas 28
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 05: (R-L) Walt Harris kicks Marcin Tybura of Poland in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Jairzinho Rozenstruik defeated Augusto Sakai in the first round of their main event at UFC Vegas 28. In the co-main event, Marcin Tybura also finished his opponent, Walt Harris, in the opening round. Today we will be going over what is next for the losers of UFC Vegas 28.

Augusto Sakai

This last loss puts Sakai on a two-fight losing streak. He is still 4-2 in the UFC and has defeated high-level opponents like Blagoy Ivanov, and Marcin Tybura. Before UFC Vegas 28, Sakai was ranked number nine in the heavyweight division while Tybura was ranked at number 11. Sakai will likely be staying where he is and Tybura will likely jump him to the eight or seven spot. A rematch between the two would be a great idea to see which guy deserves to keep his spot in the top ten.

Augusto Sakai’s next fight: Marcin Tybura

Walt Harris

Walt Harris’ loss this past weekend makes him 7-9-1 in the UFC. He is also riding a three-fight losing streak. Losing all three of those fights by TKO. Harris is extremely entertaining but has had a very rocky UFC career. It is possible the UFC will decide to release Harris from the promotion in fear that he can no longer compete with the best of their heavyweight division. However, the unique (and tragic) circumstances Harris has faced over the past year and a half may forestall that. If that’s the case, he needs a step down in competition. Tai Tuivasa is fighting Greg Hardy soon. Give Harris the loser. The winner could work as well.

Walt Harris’ next fight: loser of Tuivasa vs. Hardy

Laureano Staropoli

Laureano Staropoli is also riding a three-fight losing streak and has a UFC record of 2-3. He is only 28 years old so there is a chance the UFC gives him another fight. Although his only UFC wins were over Hector Aldana and an aging Thiago Alves so the UFC may feel like he isn’t ready for that top-level competition just yet. Staropoli may also be on the same track as Harris and it would not be surprising for his next fight to be outside of the UFC.

Laureano Staropoli’s next fight: likely outside the promotion

Miguel Baeza

Miguel Baeza lost a unanimous decision to Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Vegas 28. His loss this past weekend was the first of his career. Before this past weekend, Baeza held UFC wins over Matt Brown, Takashi Sato, and Hector Aldana. Baeza is a rising talent in the UFC’s welterweight division. He was also just in a Fight of the Night thriller that some are calling Fight of the Year. So despite the loss, his stock won’t go down much. In his next fight, he should be fighting another rising star. That man might just be Muslim Salikhov who also won his fight against Francisco Trinaldo this past weekend. Salikhov is 5-1 in the UFC and only has two losses in his career. Both of his losses being submission losses.

Baeza’s next fight: Muslim Salikhov 

Dusko Todorovic

Dusko Todorovic lost a unanimous decision to Gregory Rodrigues at UFC Vegas 28. This loss makes Todorovic 1-2 in the UFC and puts him on a two-fight skid. Todorovic will likely get one last chance to prove he belongs in the UFC and he will likely get that chance against a fighter who is also fairly new to the UFC. That fighter should be Andreas Michailidis. Michailidis is 1-1 in the UFC and won his last fight against KB Bhullar just a few weeks ago. It would be a perfect opportunity for Todorvic to prove to Dana White that he can make an impact in the UFC.

Todorovic’s next fight: Andreas Michailidis 

Ariane Lipski

Montana De La Rosa was able to TKO Ariane Lipski in the second round of their bout at UFC Vegas 28. This loss makes Lipski 2-4 in the UFC and puts her on a two-fight losing streak. She will be looking to bounce back in a major way in her next fight. Luckily for her, so will Gillian Robertson. Robertson is also on a two-fight losing streak and needs to get back in the win column in her next fight. Both women have great grappling and have also been exciting on their feet. Robertson has a little more UFC experience which would look good for Lipski if she managed to get a win against her.

Lipski’s next fight: Gillian Robertson